Successful entry on to this Guildford School of Acting (GSA) programme means you will be part of a carefully selected and committed ensemble of performers-in-training, equipped with the necessary self-discipline and motivation to master new skills and refine existing capabilities.
GSA is one of the UK’s leading accredited drama schools, providing dedicated conservatoire training within a purpose built environment on the University of Surrey campus.
We place a very strong emphasis on the practical acquisition of technical skills together with a dedicated focus on professional development, and provide opportunities to combine these skills into musical theatre rehearsal projects and public performances,.
The programme is intensive and specifically designed to equip participants in the ‘triple-threat’ disciplines of acting, singing, dancing.
Seminars in contextual and theoretical studies are taken together with masterclasses led by industry professionals in audition technique and repertoire.
These skills are integrated through project work which includes a devised project, a final public production led by a production team of industry professionals, and a West End Showcase.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Research and Rehearsal
-Singing and Audition Technique
-Voice and Acting
-Public Performance Project
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
-To deepen experiential knowledge, ability and critical understanding of the integrated practice of musical theatre
-To develop a comprehensive theoretical and experiential understanding of the techniques and methodologies inherent in the practice of musical theatre
-To enable an advanced knowledge of context, style, genre and idiom in the practice of musical theatre
-To provide an ensemble training context for the development of professional skills based on practical and theoretical understanding and reflective practice
-To enable the student to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical knowledge of how to research and create independent practice
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-An advanced understanding of the physical and vocal techniques required to maintain an expressive body and the optimum functionality of the voice
-A critical understanding of key theoretical and methodological developments in the practice of musical theatre
-A sophisticated understanding of the application of technique to differing theatrical forms, styles, genres and historical contexts
-A comprehensive understanding of current industry practice
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Recognise, interpret and contextualise approaches to genre, idiom, style and historical context
-Recognise and respond appropriately to the demands of different musical theatre styles
-Ability to evaluate, critique and develop methodologies of practice
-Critically analyse and reflect on their own and others’ practice
Professional practical skills
-Identify and develop a personally effective and methodological approach to rehearsal
-Select and apply vocal and physical techniques appropriate to different genres, styles and periods of musical theatre
-Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative work in performance
-Contribute effective and appropriate advanced practices and concepts to an ensemble process
-Demonstrate evidence of extensive practical research and effective preparation for entry into the current performance industry
Key / transferable skills
-Be disciplined and consistent in a professional context
-Conduct themselves constructively, positively and sensitively towards others
-Able to both lead and collaborate as part of a team, on practical and research projects
-Communicate effectively and at an advanced level in both verbal and written form.
-Seek out, critique and employ information appropriately
-Recognise and develop commercial and artistic career opportunities
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.