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Theatre and Performance Practice

BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Performing Arts

UCAS Code: W440

Start Dates(s): September


Three years full-time

UK - £9250 per year

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • Create and perform inventive theatre and performance with highly-skilled practitioners and academics in a vibrant city with a fantastic theatre, arts and music scene
  • Build your professional profile through work experience opportunities, led by Professional Practitioners and a programme of career- focused masterclasses in your final year
  • Develop your creativity, acting and performance-making skills across disciplines on a course that allows you to choose from a diverse range of options in both live and mediated performance
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course delivers a spectrum of learning opportunities spanning across new developments from experimental performance to mainstream stage, TV and radio work. It combines vocationally focused skills development with academic study and practical exploration of a range of theatre and performance approaches  and  forms. You will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding that will help you become a versatile and resilient creative practitioner.

You will be able to choose from a range of options to pursue your individual interests including acting for camera, singing, comedy writing and performance, multimedia performance, physical theatre and clowning. You will also have the opportunity to take part in publically performed projects,  led  by a professional director or member of staff.In your final year you will propose and develop your own practical performance work and can choose from a wide and challenging array of performance areas. Practical projects could include a devised performance; an original script; a physical  theatre  piece, an installation or live art works performed in non-traditional theatre spaces, a multi-media performance investigating digital culture and the human computer-interface or a directing project.

We have excellent professional partnerships and contacts in theatre venues and production  companies across the region and encourage you to make the most of the numerous project and networking opportunities offered to you during your time at the University of Salford.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
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 MDD in appropriate subject
BTEC Higher National Diploma If you have a relevant HND you can join the course at year 2
Foundation Degree If you have a relevant Foundation Degree, you can join the course at year 2
Scottish Highers 112 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 points
International Baccalaureate 31 points, to include 5 or 6 (Higher Level) in a relevant subject

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

English Language Requirements

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.

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Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £14,400

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books and plays (from £100), stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


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.

Watch our video

BA (Hons) Performance: Contemporary Practice Students talk about what it is like to work with a professional theatre company at The Lowry theatre as part of their studies.


  • Practical 60–70%
  • Essay 25%
  • Presentation 5–10%


On completion you may go on to perform, direct, write, research or produce. You may also go on to be a teacher or workshop leader, or go on to postgraduate education.

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.

Career Prospects

You will be taught by practitioners who have worked with the UK's leading companies including contemporary performance companies Blast Theory, Imitating the Dog, Plane Performance, Reckless Sleepers; with BBC TV and Radio Drama, ITV, Channel 4 and with traditional and experimental theatre companies of many kinds.

Watch our video

BA (Hons) Performance: Contemporary Practices student Katie on the experience of working with a professional theatre company.

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Further Study

MA Digital Performance