Acting MFA - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MFA 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 PRC72002 240 credits and 120 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

BYRNE Grainne (GSA)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To deepen experiential knowledge, ability and understanding of the practice of acting
  • To develop a comprehensive experiential understanding of the techniques and methodologies that constitute a personally evolved rehearsal process
  • To enable an advanced knowledge of context, style, genre and form in the practice of acting
  • To provide an ensemble training context for the development of professional acting skills based on practical understanding and reflective practice.
  • To cultivate an ethos which values the artist as well as the actor-technician

Programme learning outcomes

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

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 two academic years, consisting of 240 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)



Year 2 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Module Selection for Year 2 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7


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.