Acting MA - 2018/9

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MA Acting

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Acting
PGCert Acting

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PRC63003 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Dance, Drama and Performance

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Guildford School of Acting

Programme Leader

BESSELL Jacquelyn (GSA)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To deepen experiential knowledge and critical understanding of the practice of acting
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and methodologies that constitute a personally evolved rehearsal process
  • To develop an integrated technical approach to the practice of acting in rehearsal and performance
  • To provide an ensemble training context for the development of professional acting skills based on practical and theoretical understanding and reflective practice

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
An experiential and theoretical knowledge of key practical acting methodologies K
An advanced understanding, which will inform ongoing skill attainment, of the physical and vocal techniques required to maintain an expressive body and the optimum functionality of the voice K
A critical understanding of key theoretical and methodological developments in the practice of acting K
An advanced understanding, which will inform ongoing skill attainment, of the application of technique to differing theatrical forms, styles, genres and historical contexts K
A comprehensive understanding of current industry practice K
Recognise, interpret and contextualise approaches to performance texts C
Identify and develop an individual methodological approach to rehearsal C
Select vocal and physical techniques appropriate to voice, person and situation C
Recognise and respond appropriately to the demands of different performance media C
Critically analyse and reflect on their own and others' practice C
Successfully apply integrated vocal and psycho-physical techniques to the practice of acting in differing media P
Sustain and develop an effective and creative individual rehearsal process P
Demonstrate creative and imaginative work in performance P
Contribute effective and appropriate practices and concepts to an ensemble process P
Demonstrate evidence of practical research and effective preparation for entry into the current performance industry P
Be disciplined and consistent in a professional context T
Conduct themselves constructively, positively, and sensitively towards others T
Able to lead and collaborate as part of the team on practical and research projects T
Communicate effectively and at an advanced level in both verbal and written form T
Seek out, critique, and employ information appropriately T
Recognise and develop commercial and artistic career opportunities T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.