Our Performance and Media degree invites you to explore the growing and diverse field of performance by questioning the relationship between live performance and a range of recorded media. You’ll study all major media forms such as theatre, film, television and radio through academic and practical work. You’ll also examine the production of new ideas in digital, interactive and multi-media performance practices.
Course content is designed to develop your intellectual, practical and technical skills, so you can explore global traditions, concepts and approaches to performance and media. You’ll work alongside visiting companies, professional theatre, film, and television practitioners. There are also many extracurricular activities that will look impressive on your CV, including public productions, student films and a student radio station.
Studying Performance and Media in Cardiff means you’ll have world-class venues and production companies on your doorstep, including the headquarters of BBC Wales, a major centre for production in the UK (Dr Who, Torchwood), the recently developed Pinewood Studios Wales, National Theatre Wales and the Welsh National Opera amongst others. USW's Performance and Media degree is also part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the skills and opportunities needed to work in today’s exciting TV and Film industry.
You will have the opportunity to study performance, direction and production through a range of creative mediums including, film, theatre, radio, animation and games. Performance modules will give you an awareness of contemporary performance practice on stage and screen. In production modules you will study the range of technical skills needed to produce creative content through a range of media technologies including, camera, sound, editing and radio.
In the first year, you’ll explore concepts, conventions and perspectives within the expanding field of performance by analysing texts, viewing live performances and working practically, both individually and in groups. You’ll develop creative and technical skills so you can capture, record and edit your own work and performance for live and recorded media.
In years two and three, you’ll examine the presence of new, interactive and digital elements in traditional theatre and media-based forms, such as video projection and audio design, as well as exploring further the creative processes for performing live and for recorded media. To develop your interests even further, you can study related areas such as scriptwriting, applied drama, and a range of specialist modules that reflect staff research areas.
Theory on the Performance and Media course is taught through lectures, seminars and screenings while practical work is studied in studio workshops.
You will be assessed using practical work (including filmed and/or mixed-media performances), essays, reflective analysis and presentations which will give you a broad range of experiences and skills in a variety of media.
There is approximately 60% practicalwork, 30% written work, and 10% continuous assessment or portfolio; though these proportions will vary depending on the modules you choose.
There is currently no accreditation associated with this course.
Students on the Performance and Media degree benefit from the impressive facilities at the newly enhanced USW Cardiff. This includes a 160-seat auditorium theatre with a sprung stage floor, full lighting rig, two brand-new dance studios and new drama spaces. There are also four black box studio theatres, and professional film studios with green screen and motion capture facilities on campus.
Sarah Crews, Performance and Media Course Leader
Steve Fisher, Academic Subject Manager
Inga Burrows, Senior Lecturer
Steve Johnson, Senior Lecturer
Craig Hooper, Senior Lecturer
Dr Hilary Ramsden, Senior Lecturer
Michael Carklin, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Geraint D’Arcy, Lecturer
Dr Marta Minier, Lecturer
Dr Nigel Long, Lecturer
Dr Jodie Allinson, Lecturer
Dr Lisa Lewis, Reader
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
You will be asked to take part in a group workshop (around 2 hours) which will guide you through a range of performance activities including the creation and devising of work and text based activity. The workshop will include some discussion and you will also have a chance to ask questions. This will be followed by your group interview.
You don’t need to prepare anything but please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in/work practically in.
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances
BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£50||
Grad Show materials. Year 3
Theatre/Performance Visits. All academic years
Students may be expected to travel to master classes/ conferences at their own cost
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Cardiff and South Wales has a booming arts and media industry, meaning you’ll have world-class venues and production companies on your doorstep, including the drama studios for BBC Cymru Wales, a major centre for production in the UK (Dr Who, Torchwood, Casualty), the recently developed Pinewood Studios Wales, National Theatre Wales and the Wales Millennium Centre amongst others.
Students on the Performance and Media degree alsogain key transferable skills in teamwork, negotiation and project management, which will be valued in many industries and boost your employability.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.