Actor-Musician BA (Hons) - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BA (Hons) Actor-Musician

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Actor-Musician
DipHE Actor-Musician
CertHE Actor-Musician

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 URC13005 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

  • Train and develop actor-musicians with an appreciation and understanding of creative, aesthetic and communication of high order performance skills in a broad range of artistic situations.
  • Provide a theoretical understanding and critical awareness of key theatrical, cultural and social and musical contexts.
  • Develop intellectual and practical skills to reinforce and articulate self-reflection and critical awareness as a performer and creative.
  • Develop critical and independent practitioners with a strong sense of learning and the arts as a lifetime pursuit via a commitment to professional and personal development.
  • Provide an integrated approach within an academic and vocational creative training environment in pursuit of development and sustaining a career within the performance and entertainment industries as an actor-musician.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Knowledge of key acting and theatre practitioners, their practices and theories and their application in rehearsal and performance. K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Knowledge of traditional and contemporary techniques of performance, and of relevant theories, issues and debates relating to the subject. K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Knowledge of the processes by which performance is created, realised and managed, such as the process of rehearsal, integration of musical skill to performance, improvisation, musical improvisation, actor training techniques, and vocal and musical technique. K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
An understanding of contemporary practice for the actor-musician in the creative industries. K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Evaluate the relationship between movement, voice, music, acting and personal approaches to performance. K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Critically and practically develop performance within a variety of diverse contexts and scenarios. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop and implement appropriate research methods and strategies to enhance understanding of personal practice and to deepen knowledge and awareness of a variety of contexts and practices. C DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Apply appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret dramatic, musical, literary sources and texts. C DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop ideas, frame appropriate questions and identify solutions creative, practical and critical in practice,. C DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Engage creatively and critically with the skills and processes by which performance is created, and have an ability to select, refine and present outcomes in public performance. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, structures and working methods. P DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Identify and engage in appropriate independent study demonstrating an understanding and awareness of relevant interdisciplinary elements and skills. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Identify and implement strategies to develop and enhance professional skill base leading to a greater level of transferable and practical skills for employment in the creative industries. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Work creatively and imaginatively in a group and develop creative skills needed for the realisation of practice based work. T DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop an ability to manage constructively and effectively creative, personal and interpersonal issues. T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Show a responsible and consistent attitude towards self-management. T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
Develop an attitude to work which aspires to the development and adherence to a professional code of practice. T 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)



Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4

Module Selection for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4


Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5

Module Selection for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5


Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Module Selection for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6


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.