Acting BA (Hons) - 2021/2

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BA (Hons) Acting

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Acting
DipHE Acting
CertHE Acting

Professional recognition

Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT)
Accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time URC13003 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits

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


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To enable an advanced knowledge of context, style, genre, and form in the practise of acting.
  • To deepen experiential knowledge and understanding of the practise of acting.
  • Develop independent actor / individuals imbued with a sense of learning as a lifetime pursuit.
  • Provide an embodied approach to the work of the actor - aimed at developing and sustaining a career within the performance and entertainment industries.
  • To provide an ensemble training context for the development of professional acting skills based on practical understanding and self reflection.
  • To develop an experiential understanding of the techniques and methodologies that constitute a personally evolved rehearsal process.
  • To cultivate an ethos that values the artist as well as the actor technician.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
To accept an appreciation of the uncertainty of knowledge. KCT DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop an embodied understanding of key practitioners, practices and theories. KCPT CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Recognise the importance of continual re-enforcement of the acting process and the employment of your skills in relation to technical and professional situations. KCPT BA (Hons)
Have developed imaginative and embodied approaches to work in rehearsal and performance KCP Ord, BA (Hons)
To engage in independent self-reflection through the use of the actors journal. KCT CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Appraise the responsibilities of the artist in the creative environment and the need for sensitivity in relation to others. KCPT CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
To use critical thinking skills that articulate and question the theoretical in the practical and vice versa. CT CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
To employ a diversity of Acting approaches within all mediums including theatre, screen and recorded voice. P DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Demonstrate a professional work ethic KCPT Ord, BA (Hons)
To practise successful collaborative and autonomous working processes. KCPT DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
To transfer embodied learning into the expressive work of the actor. P DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Evidence of the actors¿ responsibility to integrate and embody all core skills. KCPT CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop strategies as a learner for life, be able to identify both professional and personal goals through personal development planning. P BA (Hons)
Integrate an embodied understanding of creative risk taking within the work. KCPT CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits and are either semester based or year-long. GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

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
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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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 2021/2 academic year.