This Guildford School of Acting (GSA) programme places a very strong emphasis on practical actor training, delivered via a series of project workshops and rehearsals supported by extensive classes in relevant technical skills. GSA is part of the University of Surrey
The MA Acting is specifically designed for those who already have an undergraduate degree or have worked professionally in the performance industry for a minimum of five years. We are looking for individuals who seek a career in the performing arts and who have the focus and dedication to enable swift progression in both the acquisition of new skills and the development of existing capabilities.
Previous students have included graduates in law, business, drama and engineering, as well as professional dancers, cabaret performers and models.
You will need to be able to expand your horizons through challenging your own limitations physically, emotionally and intellectually; to seek out the questions and pursue the answers that will further enhance your practical artistic development. You will need to be intelligent and expressive, inquisitive and courageous, in order to contribute to the furtherance of the theatrical enterprise with skill, commitment and focus.
By examining the processes of acting within a carefully selected and committed ensemble, we are able to offer a creative and stimulating learning environment in which you will be prepared for a successful career in the performing arts industry. Cohorts are kept small in order to ensure the maximum amount of personal attention and contact necessary for your development.
- Ensure that you are adept in analytical, vocal and physical techniques that will help you present convincing characters and interpret complex text
- Develop your experience of a variety of performance media
- Impart skills and techniques that will improve your chances of professional employment
Throughout the programme you will be progressively introduced to the industry structures and business processes that will be necessary to you as independent practitioners. You are also encouraged to further research and reflect on your professional development plan in order to maximize the opportunity presented by the final showcase performance.
The course delivers intensive training in acting, physical and vocal techniques. These techniques are explored through class work and rehearsal projects that will include examples of both contemporary and classical texts. Stanislavski-based scene study techniques and Lecoq-based physical theatre workshops combine with classes in Shakespeare’s verse and text, voice, movement and dance and professional preparation seminars. There are also classes in camera and radio technique and related contextual studies, together with one-to-one tutorials and group and individual feedback sessions that ensure a rigorous critical awareness of process and progress.
Towards the end of the course the technique classes reduce in order to focus on full-time rehearsals for a professionally staged production at a public venue together with a further contemporary project in either recorded media or live performance.
Finally, you will be occupied in writing your critical evaluation and producing your professional development plan before returning in September to perform a professional showcase of scenes that will be presented to casting directors and agents in Guildford and at a West End theatre. The course aims to develop highly creative, versatile and resilient actors who can confidently approach a wide variety of texts, genres and performance media and who are able to both reflect upon and critically evaluate their own practice.
Accredited by Drama UK - https://www.dramauk.co.uk/
Our Admissions Policy (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/policies/postgraduate-admissions-policy
) provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.
Further information for applicants - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/applicants