Study with highly-skilled professional practitioners to create cutting-edge media and live performance in a vibrant city with a fantastic theatre, arts and music scene
Study a course which has produced household names such as Jason Manford, Christopher Eccleston and Peter Kay
Have the opportunity to engage with the industry through networking, masterclasses and a suite of professional development opportunities
This course is the only one in the area combining vocationally focused learning opportunities in both media production and performance – live and recorded. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of performance skills and approaches from the experimental to mainstream live, TV and radio work. You will be able to develop your skills behind the camera or microphone and to analyse and reflect on your learning through academic study. You will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a versatile and resilient creative practitioner.
You will be able to choose from a range of options to pursue your own interests, including acting for camera, presenting, singing, comedy writing and performance, radio performance and production, scriptwriting, media production and TV directing and producing. You will also have the opportunity to take part in video drama projects or publicly performed theatre projects led by professional directors or staff members.
In your final year you can develop your own project, choosing from a wide range of performance and media areas. These could include devised or scripted live or recorded performance, an original film script, multimedia, stand-up, a ‘mockumentary’ or a directing project.
We have excellent links with performance and media companies and professionals across the region and encourage you to make the most of the many project and networking opportunities offered to you during your time at the University of Salford.
BA (Hons) Media Performance student Adam talks about his final project utilizing live performance and digital media, at Salford's MediaCityUK campus.
As a Media and 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, video and audio projects and publicly performed theatre projects.
The core curriculum in year 1 will give you foundational knowledge and skills across the spectrum of media and performance. In year 2 you will study a combination of core and optional modules so that you can pursue your individual interests, develop your talents and explore new areas. In year 3 you will combine taught optional modules with your own project work, including practical research or a dissertation. As the course progresses from year 1 to year 3 you will be given support and guidance to enable you to work independently, to manage your time and to collaborate creatively with others. You will also attend a number of careers-focused masterclasses and presentations that will give you practical advice in many employment areas relevant to media and performance graduates.
You will choose at least one production module from:
Production options:You will choose either a Video Project or a Radio Comedy Project:
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.
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||112 points|
|GCE A level||BBC. General studies accepted with two other A levels|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM in appropriate subject|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||If you have a relevant HND you can join the programme at year 2|
|Foundation Degree||If you have a relevant Foundation Degree, you can join the programme at year 2|
|Scottish Highers||112 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 points|
|International Baccalaureate||31 points, 5 or 6 (Higher level) in a relevant subject|
|Access to HE||112 UCAS Tariff Points from a Level 3 QAA approved Access programme. Must include Media/Performance.|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
You will learn through various teaching methods. Practical classes will furnish you with a range of approaches and techniques for performance creation and will help you develop your performance skills and, where appropriate, production skills. Lectures and seminars will apply critical theory to live and mediated performance forms and methodologies. You will undertake project-based work including major performance projects and you will attend workshops with visiting professional practitioners.
Media and Performance graduates have forged successful careers as actors in film and TV (Jim Sturgess, Joanna Higson) , theatre and radio, as stand-up comedians (Peter Kay, Jason Manford), as writers, researchers, production managers and producers, as casting directors, as directors, as coaches, teachers, lecturers and academic researchers.
Many of our graduates have progressed to employment in an impressive range of arts, entertainment and media organisations. These include the BBC; ITV; The National Theatre; The Lowry, Salford; The Green Room Theatre, Manchester; Hull Truck Theatre Company; The Royal Exchange Theatre; and several Theatre in Education (TIE) companies. Salford has a reputation for providing the industry with highly skilled and dynamic graduates, whose names can regularly be seen on television and theatre credits, both as performers and 'behind the scenes' creatives. Many graduates also go into careers in teaching or as community dancers or workshop leaders or on to further postgraduate education.
Our graduates appear on TV and theatre credits both as performers and technicians. This includes leading performance roles and crew in numerous programmes for ITV BBC and Channel 4 television.
Recent graduates have worked in production roles at Granada and the BBC in such projects as Island at War, Hustle, The Jeremy Kyle Show, Coronation Street and others. Other graduates have appeared successfully in front of the camera: Emma Atkins Emmerdale, Chris Bisson Coronation Street and East is East and Kaye Wragg No Angels. Other successful Salford graduates include Christopher Eccleston Doctor Who, Maxine Peake Shameless and Peter Kay Phoenix Nights and many more. Stage and TV success has come to comedian Jason Manford while Ellie Meigan Rose, Emma Hartley-Miller and Rachel Brogan have enjoyed success on stage at the Lowry, Royal Exchange and Royal Court. Recent graduates have won prestigious NSDF (National Student Drama Festival) awards.
Yet other graduates have gone to successful careers as video producers, marketing and commercial advertising executives, as radio broadcasters and editors. In recent years a number of graduates have successfully set up their own theatre/performance companies.
In addition to developing your performance skills and techniques and giving you opportunities and contacts for professional development and employment, this degree will also give you many transferable skills which are highly sought by employers. These include collaboration and team-working; communication and negotiation skills, time management and organisation; and presentation skills. These will equip you to work in many different professional fields, as well as in the arts.
You will be taught by practitioners who have worked with and have active links with leading film and TV companies including BBC TV and Radio Drama, ITV, Channel 4, Red Productions, as well as traditional and experimental theatre companies of many kinds including the Royal Exchange, the Young Vic, the UK's leading contemporary performance companies Blast Theory, Imitating the Dog, Plane Performance and, Reckless Sleepers.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books and plays (from £100), stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
You will have access to broadcast standard TV acting and presenting studios (including green-screen), a radio drama studio, postproduction video and audio facilities, state of the art location cameras (including 4K) and excellent live performance spaces including purpose-built flexible theatres.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time