BA (Hons) Performance and Media

As part of USW's Performance and Media degree, you will 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.

You will gain the confidence and skills required to present and perform in public; to manage and control the means of production; to deliver complex projects on time; to work with others and to work independently and to express your ideas in a variety of forms. 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.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W400 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W400 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

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.

Year One: Performance and Media degree 

  • Performance and Media Practice
  • Perspective and Performance
  • Studio Production
  • Media and Performance Technologies

Year Two: Performance and Media degree 

  • Radio Performance and Production
  • Media Collaboration
  • New Media Performance
  • Performance Analysis and Critical Theory
  • Specialist Studies 1

Year Three: Performance and Media degree 

  • Professional Practice and Employability
  • Performance and Media Major Project
  • Major Research Project
  • Specialist Studies 2

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Accreditations

There is currently no accreditation associated with this course.

Facilities

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.

Lecturers

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.

Audition

You will be asked to take part in a group workshop, 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.

You do not need to prepare anything for the workshop but you are advised to wear or bring with you clothing which is suitable for practical work. For the purposes of the workshop assessment you will be asked to bring a passport sized photograph of yourself so that the admissions tutors are able to clearly identify all participants.

The 60-minute audition will follow with a group discussion with the course leader. Remember – the audition provides you with an opportunity to shine. It also gives you a chance to ask extra questions and to make sure that the Performance and Media course is right for you.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

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).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

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)

Typical Access to HE Offer

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)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £50
Grad Show materials. Year 3
Field Trips £50
Theatre/Performance Visits. All academic years
Other: £100
Students may be expected to travel to master classes/ conferences at their own cost

UK and EU students

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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.