Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Media and Performance

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Do you dream of working with actors, screenwriters and directors to bring a production to life? Or perhaps you’re looking to star in your own radio drama? Do you thrive when working as part of a creative team?

Whatever your professional media goals, our Media and Performance degree is designed to give you the tools you need to achieve them.

As you progress through your studies, you’ll have the chance to explore performance and media within a unique range of contexts, from radio production and performance, to scriptwriting, directing, producing and screen acting. You’ll also take part in video drama projects led by professional directors and industry leaders.

What’s more, your final year project will give you the opportunity to specialise in the area of media or performance that interests you most. So, whether your interests lie behind the camera or in front of the microphone, you’ll be creating cutting-edge media and live performance while building a portfolio of work to establish yourself as a professional.

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You will:

  • 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, Steve Edge, Emma Atkins, Warren Brown, Erin Shannagher and Peter Kay
  • Have the opportunity to engage with the industry through networking, masterclasses and a suite of professional development opportunities

students accepted

This is for you if...


You dream of performing in front of the camera, microphone, or directing from behind it.


You have a passion for media and are keen to explore live and recorded performance in a range of contexts to improve your knowledge of the industry.


You want to launch a professional career as a creative practitioner.

Course details

All about the course

Do you have a passion for storytelling? Are you interested in how different platforms can be used to engage different audiences? At Salford, you’ll be given the chance to study a variety of modules that examine the development of performance in the context of television, film, and radio drama. You’ll also gain an awareness of the technical aspects of media production, including camera work, editing, lighting and sound.

In the first year of your studies, you’ll cover the fundamentals of media and performance, from acting for TV and radio to production skills. As your media and performance course progresses, you’ll choose from a variety of optional modules that will allow you to tailor your Media and Performance degree programme to your interests. For example, our Acting for the Camera course will give you the experience of working with ex-broadcast drama scripts which you will rehearse and record for camera under conditions mirroring industry practice.

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshop and performance projects, led by industry professionals with a wealth of past and current experience working in media. Your assessments will include practical and performance work, presentations and essays, all designed to enable you to develop a strong portfolio of work in your chosen area; there's even opportunities to experiment with motion capture.

Want to find out more? Read our course breakdown to learn what you’ll be exploring in each module.

Year one

Critical and Textual Studies

This lecture and seminar based module focuses on textual analysis and critical approaches to live and mediated performance texts. It also considers key theories and practitioners who influenced the development of particular disciplines within performance.

Performance in Context

Provides the historical framework to examine the development of performance from the late 19th century onward. Movements like Realism, Expressionism, Surrealism and Dada are examined in relation to other movements and across performance disciplines. Small group seminars will support the lectures.

Acting for Recorded Media

This module will acquaint you with the range and scope of television and radio drama and involves an exploration of a range of techniques for performing on camera or for the microphone, as well as providing knowledge of fundamental procedures and skills of studio operation.

Acting Methods 1

This primarily practical module focuses on the creative practices essential to build characterisations for live performance in a naturalistic context, drawing on Stanislavsky's System.

Production Skills

The module combines both technical and creative aspects of media production as you develop a broad awareness of the range of skills required for video production, including camera, lighting, editing and sound – imperative to contemporary theatre technology. 

Production Workshop

You will learn how to produce from script to screen a short video drama. Working to health and safety guidelines, students develop group-working skills appropriate to a professional drama production. 

Year two

Performance Studies

In lectures, screenings and seminars the approaches to textual critical analysis introduced in the first year are further developed, as are your academic writing skills.

A range of optional modules are offered, including:

Radio Performance and Production

This module enables you to work on a range of exercises designed to develop your characterisation, vocal expression and tonal variety in performing audio drama. You are introduced to studio equipment for recording and editing and contribute to studio management for the assignment. You are assessed on the performance and production of a recorded radio drama script.

Directing and Producing

Emphasises the aesthetic aspects of directing for screen along with the practical decision-making and problem-solving aspects of camera and lighting, sound recording, video editing, artistic resources and time management. You will be introduced to the role of the producer with regard to budgeting, scheduling and contingency planning.

Integrated Production Skills

This module develops the skills and approaches introduced in first year production modules, offering the opportunity to further explore camera, editing, lighting and sound recording.

Programme Production Techniques

This offers you the chance to explore the practical and creative challenges in planning and producing a studio-based TV show. This module is one of two that are based in our professional quality TV studio on our MediaCityUK campus.


You will explore performing pieces to camera, engaging with the audience, interview technique, the importance of asking pertinent questions, listening and putting an interviewee at ease, working with green screen, autocue and using studio talkback, the importance of performing with energy, clarity and correct intonation. You will produce a  showreel containing an intro, a walk and talk piece to camera, practical exercise or short demonstration, autocue read and a vlog, targeted at a specific audience and presented in an appropriate style.


Comedy Writing and Performance

The module explores the writing and devising of comedy. You will watch, listen to and discuss examples of a range of online, radio and TV comedy before working in small groups to create an original comedy sketch idea and to develop your own script and characters within it. You will be encouraged to develop range and flexibility in your vocal, facial and physical skills in order to produce a range of comic personas. The module also examines aspects of storytelling – theme, narrative structure, character development, comic types, the relationship of character to plot, use of subplots - in relation to the writing of comedy drama and situation comedy. In the second half of the module you will create your solo performance: a piece of Stand Up of comic monologue. 

Acting for the Camera

The aims of the module are to develop practical skills with a range of technical exercises such as hitting marks, cheating eye-lines and body angles; regulating movement in relation to the camera; avoiding dialogue overlaps., and to further awareness and interpretative skills in translating textual and sub-textual elements into effective performance to camera. 

Voice and Text

Through exercises and analysis you will develop safe vocal and physical technique related to the free, relaxed, aligned body and learn to apply interpretative skills to the speaking of verse, dramatic text and heightened prose.  Workshops will also explore the free and flexible use of your home accent as well as the foundations and principles of adopting other accents, including Neutral Standard English. 

Comedy Improvisation Techniques

You will work on improvisation techniques in order to create longer scenes and stories.  We will primarily be focusing on Longform Improvisation, and look at many of the different formats that can support a 30 minute piece of improvised theatre/comedy.

You will focus on story telling listening skills, object work, character evolution, scene editing and improvising stories.

Introduction to Screenwriting

On this module, you will develop your own original idea for a screenplay across the semester, moving from a one-line pitch to a treatment and scene-by-scene breakdown to, ultimately, a script. The script can be for any platform or audience, with no limitations to cast size or location. The module examines the fundamental aspects of storytelling for screen: character, story, structure, and dialogue. You will learn how to format your documents to a professional standard.


Playwriting offers you the chance to experiment with a variety of theatre writing styles and forms. We will cover the craft of playwriting, studying character, dialogue, narrative, form, and stagecraft. We will also look at the business of playwriting, exploring the many professional opportunities and routes open to playwrights.

Shakespeare In Performance

This module examines developments in the staging of Shakespeare from Elizabethan times to the 21st century. 20th/21st century developments in approaches to and presentation of Shakespeare texts will encompass both live and recorded performance. As the module progresses you will be encouraged to address particular approaches to the presentation of Shakespeare presentation (e.g. political, feminist, intercultural) by exploring the work of for example; RSC, Peter Brook, Robert Lepage and Kenneth Branagh). A range of plays are studied, with one or two plays as ‘core’ texts – one of these will usually be a text with local stage performance. 

Introduction to Theatre Directing

In the first part of the module, a series of workshop and inputs will introduce you to the role of the director, using a small selection of play texts, all of which have different directorial challenges. We will explore how the director approaches a text, researches it, and develops a vision for their production.  

The second stage of the module looks at working with actors and text. They provide the director with a toolkit of techniques to use with actors. How does a director get actors to understand the play and their characters? How are scenes broken down? How do actors understand what the director wants them to do to change their performance?   

You will have the opportunity to lead small group work as a director exploring and experimenting with a range of directorial approaches to scripts.

You will also choose either a Video Project or a Radio Comedy Project:

Video Project

The aims of the module are to enable students to expand their knowledge and creativity in crewing roles and performing for camera; to enable students to further develop the use of video and post-production techniques to create original 10-15 minute dramas with a view to public exhibition and festival submission. The module is run as a professional simulation.

Radio Comedy Project

This project is led by a member of staff and/or a visiting practitioner. You will work in an ensemble to create original comedy sketch ideas and develop your own characters within them.  This will culminate in a 45 minute long show, performed and recorded live, then edited into a 30 minute programme.  

Year three

Performance Research Project

In this module you will undertake an individually tailored project building out from all you have learned on your degree programme with support from staff.  You will research relevant materials and current industry trends around your project area. This will lead into the delivery of the project itself, which will follow one of three pathways: 

Practical Project: this can be a live performance or a recorded performance (screen or audio) or a script (screen, stage or audio). 

Dissertation: this will be a written submission taking the form of a long essay. 

Industry Project: this can be a work placement, an organisation study or planning and running a workshop. 

Video Project

The aims of the module are to enable students to expand their knowledge and creativity in crewing roles and performing for camera; to enable students to further develop the use of video and post-production techniques to create original 10-15 minute dramas with a view to public exhibition and festival submission. The module is run as a professional simulation.

Careers and Professional Pathways

Students will engage with a range of industry-led masterclasses and workshops, which are designed to equip them with the knowledge of industry practices that will benefit their employment endeavours. The sessions will also guide the students in the production of specific materials, some of which may be used directly in applying for employment opportunities. 

You will choose two of the following options:

Scriptwriting for TV and Film

Through a professionally geared script development programme, you will create a premise, a treatment, a step outline, and a first draft of a complete screenplay of at least fifty minutes. In seminars, you will discuss ideas for story, character, and theme within the group. Treatments, step outlines, and the first draft are developed in one-to-one tutorials.

Creative Techniques for Video Drama Production

You will examine specific approaches and processes in direction and production for professional broadcast media. This includes pre-production planning, directing actors, and effective decision-making to ensure fluidity and continuity in editing. You will then develop your knowledge and skills as director, lighting camera-operator/director of cinematography, sound recordist or editor.

Gender and Sexuality in Performance

The module examines the importance of gender and sexuality in the development of contemporary drama and performance in the UK and USA from the turn of the twentieth century to the global streaming platforms of today.  

Gender and sexuality are examined through a series of play texts and screenplays and contextualised in the dominant discourses about both in each period. Seminar sessions will function as forums for debate about evolving and competing theories, whilst practice workshops will explore the texts through readings, improvisations, and appropriations. 

New Trends in Theatre and Performance

The module explores the spectrum of new trends in performance. Practices may include Live Art, multimedia/digital performance; immersive theatre; headphone performance; pervasive gaming; one-to-one performance; You will examine the work of current practitioners and will focus on how relations of space and place and audience and performer are being reconfigured and redefined in the 21st century. You will then choose an area of practice to explore through the creation of a solo or collaborative performance piece.

Programme Production

The module builds on the skills gained at level 5 and is focused upon the production of a cultural review magazine programme of broadcast standard. Students will undertake appropriate roles in production, operational and research capacities and will provide the necessary support for a broadcast ready TV production 

This module runs at MediaCity and utilises the factual programme studio facilities there.

Radio Acting

This module is designed to develop acting skills for radio drama to a professional standard. Principally working from professional scripts, you will work on vocal control, microphone technique, spatial awareness and ‘lifting the text off the page’. You will have the opportunity to direct each other and feed back to each other, as well as listening to and critiquing some notable radio drama already broadcast with a view to appreciating the breadth of style and content available in the medium. As part of this, you will be encouraged to keep a ‘listening journal’, in which you can critique both broadcast audio dramas and your own vocal performances in class.

This module aims to acquaint you with the range and scope of audio drama, including related audio performance opportunities such as voiceovers, voicing animations and accents, as well as developing the basic skills of fundamental procedures of studio operation. 

Renaissance Theatre Acting

This module is designed to develop acting skills for Renaissance theatre. Working principally with the plays of Shakespeare, you will work on vocal control and performance skills intended to embody the text in a manner that is psychologically believable within the conventions of dramatic verse and heightened prose. You will be encouraged to thoroughly research the context informing your chosen pieces and to apply analytical skill in decoding the complexities of Renaissance English, of metaphor and of poetic techniques of rhythm, alliteration and rhyme.

Stand-up Comedy

Through class interaction, individual research, and tutor supervision, you are encouraged to develop your own comic voice and persona and to devise and write original ideas toward solo live performance. A visiting professional comedian will be invited in to give feedback on the work before it is performed and/or recorded.

TV Acting

You will analyse, research, rehearse and perform a number of television drama scripts – and work in depth on a specific character from one of them.  Rehearsals of the extracts are recorded and critically reviewed in seminar sessions. Particular attention is paid to the layering of subtext, psychological detail and technical skills.   

TV Comedy: Writing and Performance

On this module you will develop one of both areas of knowledge - comedy writing and comedy performance. You will also learn about sitcom making for broadcast. 

Documentary to Mockumentary

This module aims to investigate the historical, social and industrial changes in Documentary production. The module is concerned with the development of competing theories around documentary. It will address conflicting definitions of documentary and mockumentary within a global marketplace and will compare and contrast the range of production strategies adopted within mainstream TV and cinematic documentary modes. It will build on the existing production skills from your second year, providing students with the opportunity to produce and direct a short documentary or mockumentary film.

Theatre Directing

This module begins with series of classes exploring the role of the director in relation to a range of contemporary and historical scripts. Under close tutor guidance, you will then consider and apply appropriate theatrical methodologies in order to develop your own directorial approach. All students will be given the opportunity to lead small group work in terms of exploring and experimenting with a range of directorial approaches to both script and to performers.

Making Performance for Social Media

This module will explore the importance of the emerging performance and technologies associated with social media content creation. This is an area that uses a lot of similar skills and theories that students may already have learned in level’s 4 and 5 in modules such as: Acting for Camera, Presenting, Comedy Improvisation, Multimedia Performance, Integrated Production Skills, Programme Production. 

The outline for the module will be divided into three sections: content and persona creation, marketing and promotion, and production techniques. These sections will culminate in the students creating their own ‘channel’ in their chosen social media platform. 

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.

What will I be doing?








As part of this Media and Performance degree, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests.
Your classes will be based at our New Adelphi building.

Practical classes will develop your approaches to performance creation, while also strengthening your production skills.

Lectures and seminars will apply critical theory to live and mediated performance forms and methodologies.

Project-based work is where you can bring your skills to life, and will include major performance projects.

Workshops provide the opportunity for professional practitioners to share their experiences and give advice.


An important part of your Media and Performance degree is the opportunity to demonstrate your academic strengths in a variety of different ways. Your modules will be assessed using a range of methods, including practical and performance work, presentations, and essays.


All  our  Performance courses are delivered by the  Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.

 Each year - through the  Create Student Awards – our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students. 

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it..


This Media and Performance degree is based at our £55 million New Adelphi building, the home of performance and creativity on campus.  

Our range of performance facilities include: 

New Adelphi Theatre – this 350-seat venue provides an opportunity for you to stage shows in front of live audiences. It also regularly hosts  professionals shows and performances. 

Studio theatre - this classic black-box performance space offers a more intimate venue than the New Adelphi Theatre. It features flexible seating and staging, so you can shape the space to meet your creative needs. 

Voice acting studio - from podcasting and video game dialogue to radio drama and foley sound effects, this facility gives you the flexibility to produce a range of audio for your projects.  

Screen acting studio – are you passionate about a career on the screen? You’ll learn to hone new skills using our two-screen acting studios. featuring fixed and flexible sets, 

Explore our Performance facilities at the University of Salford or take a 360 tour of our New Adelphi building.


Looking to learn more about the background of our Performance tutors and technical demonstrators or put a face to a name?

Find out who'll work with you throughout your academic journey at the University of Salford.

Explore the Performance faculty at the University of Salford

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What about after uni?


With the increasing popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon and the rise of podcasting platforms like Spotify, there’s never been a better time to study Performance and Media. As people are watching, listening, making and broadcasting media in more ways than ever before, there’s never been more appetite and opportunity for new productions.

Many of our graduates have progressed to employment in an impressive range of arts, entertainment and media organisations, working as writers, researchers, production managers, producers, directors, actors and presenters. And with our reputation for providing the industry with highly skilled and dynamic graduates, you’ll also be equipped to secure roles in teaching, community work or as creative workshop leaders.

Further study

Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further postgraduate path through  our Postgraduate programmes  on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal.

A taste of what you could become

A film/TV actor

A theatre performer

A stand-up comedian

A scriptwriter

A director

And more...

Career Links

As part of your media and performance degree course, you’ll learn from practitioners who have worked with, and have active links to, leading film and TV companies, including BBC TV and Radio Drama, ITV, Channel 4 and Red Productions.

Our performance teaching staff have also worked with 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.


What you need to know


To gain a place on this media and performance degree, you will have to submit a personal statement and meet our entry requirements when you apply.

Within your personal statement (up to 500 words) we will want to understand:

  • what motivates you and what current experiences do you have in terms of media and performance?
  • have you had active involvement in the arts and what did you do?
  • what creators, practitioners and performers inspire you? 
  • why do you want to work in the media and performance sector?
  • and why the University of Salford and this media and performance degree is the right choice for your future goals.

Applicants may be asked to attend an audition workshop and provide an example of their writing. If that's the case we will provide all the information you need to prepare. 

Once you’ve made your application to study with us, we’ll contact you and let you know the next steps.


Standard entry requirements


English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

104-112 points.

A level

104-112 points.

T level


BTEC National Diploma

DMM including Performing Arts or similar subject 

Access to HE

112 UCAS Tariff Points from a Level 3 QAA approved Access programme. Must include Media/Performance.

Scottish Highers

104-112 points including Performing Arts or similar subject 

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-112 points including Performing Arts or similar subject 

International Baccalaureate

29 points, 5 or 6 (Higher level) in a relevant subject

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 72% overall 

International students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course to gain entry onto this degree.

Alternative 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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £17,040.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,650.00per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for International Students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID W400

Institution S03