Comedy Writing & Performance
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Performing Arts
UCAS Code: W890
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Study on a unique programme that offers practical skills and techniques in both comedy writing and performance
- Find your own comedic ‘voice’, by studying with highly-skilled academics and high-profile industry practitioners
- Create innovative comedy performance in partnership with industry professionals and present it for public performance, taking advantage of a vibrant city with a thriving comedy scene and extensive network across the region
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
Comedy is part of all of our lives in many different guises. In recent years, the way in which we interact with and consume comedy has changed dramatically, with technologies such as YouTube and Vine enabling users to create and share their comedic content with a global audience.
There is a strong emphasis throughout this course on the relationship between comedy and identity and its meaning in media, social and cultural contexts. It has a large practical component and shares skills in and approaches to stand up technique, clowning, improvisation and comedy scriptwriting. You will have the opportunity to create your own sitcoms, sketches and comedy routines while examining and evaluating the cutting edge ideas emerging from current trends.
This unique course offers extensive opportunities for those dedicated to producing new work in the field of comedy writing and performance. Open mic spots, comedy clubs and festivals are plentiful as are independent broadcast production companies, many of which are dedicated to fostering new writing and performance. The programme has very strong connections with the industry, with household names such as Jason Manford and Peter Kay, both of whom studied at Salford, delivering guest lectures and workshops. We believe in supporting you throughout your journey and as such the opportunities continue to be available to you long after completing the course.
We’re delighted to have officially opened our £55 million New Adelphi building with its 350-seat theatre. Find out more about this, and why renowned playwright Jim Cartwright has chosen the University as the new home for his theatre company, by watching the ITV Granada Reports feature:
In the second year (Level 5), this course shares modules with Theatre and Performance Practice, and Media and Performance.
As a Comedy Writing Performance student, you will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical performance projects. Assessment will be through a range of means including essays, presentations, in-class performance presentations and publicly performed theatre projects.
Students take two core options and one option in trimester 1 and one core option and two additional options in trimester 2.
You will choose one of the following options:
You will choose one from the following double modules:
You will choose either Dissertation or Practical Research Project
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.