Acting MA - 2023/4

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

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 PRC63003 180 credits and 90 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 deepen experiential knowledge and understanding of the practice of acting
  • To develop an experiential 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 understanding and reflective practice

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Develop a sophisticated toolkit of performance techniques K PGDip, MA
Develop creative and imaginative approaches to work in rehearsal and performance K PGCert, PGDip, MA
Acquire/demonstrate knowledge of a range of practices and performance styles K PGDip, MA
Reflect critically on process and outcome C MA
Evaluate the relationship between performer, narrative, and performance context C PGCert, PGDip, MA
Develop a sophisticated understanding of style and genre C PGCert, PGDip, MA
Demonstrate engagement and consistency in the approach to skills acquisition T PGDip, MA
Communicate effectively in physical/verbal/written form T PGDip, MA
Demonstrate effective collaborative strategies T PGCert, PGDip, MA
Demonstrate the ability to work with disciplined self-awareness consistent in a professional context P PGCert, PGDip, MA
Develop a professional profile through selection and preparation of appropriate material P PGDip, MA

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 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:
- 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
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 2023/4 academic year.