BA (Hons) Perfformio, Theatr a'r Cyfryngau
Drama at USW is rated top in Wales for student satisfaction. National Student Survey 2022
While studying on the Performance, Theatre and Media course, USW we will introduce you to the creative industries in Cardiff and in Wales and consider them in an international context.
You will benefit from enthusiastic support from theatre and television companies, professional practitioners, teachers and Alumni who will regularly contribute their expertise to the course. We will enable you from the start to create the connections that are crucial for a successful career in the field.
If you want a career in the creative industries in Wales or abroad, the course will enable you to graduate with the relevant skills and a broad understanding of the sector. You will be part of an honorary learning community of former students who have studied through the medium of Welsh at PDC and are now working successfully as actors, directors, playwrights, comedians, DJs, stage managers, researchers, producers, and teachers, in as well as a number of other jobs relevant to the industry.
We believe that everyone deserves a chance to develop their own paths, and your individual interests will be central to the studies. We also believe in the right to study in Welsh, and we will conscientiously support the students who choose to do so, whether fluent speakers or learners.
Our aim is to educate students who want to contribute to the development of their chosen career fields, and who will lead in those fields.
Top in Wales for Drama and Dance (Guardian University Guide 2023)
This course is subject to validation.
The modules of our Performing, Theatre and Media course offer a cross-section of experiences which will offer skills and a broad understanding of performing across theatre, the media and new media enabling you, in the third year, to focus on areas which is of particular interest to you.
You will receive every opportunity and support to prepare in order to confidently venture into a career of your choice.
Each year of study will build on the understanding and skills you will have gained during the previous year.
The learning pattern of a high percentage of the modules will be:
- Soap Box. An opportunity to discuss your interests widely, whatever the bridge.
- Research. An opportunity through lectures, readings, seminars and tutorials to find out more about the interests of the group and that through the frame of Performing.
- A creative response. An opportunity to respond creatively by creating work in many ways and in many media for different audiences.
Performance Studies: Theatre
You will get an introduction to basic concepts regarding 'performing' as an interdisciplinary activity, and use performance as a frame to study the world. You will investigate the concept of performing the self, and of performances that relate to everyday life in the context of Wales. You will create an individual performance and a group performance as part of this module.
Acting Directing and Inventing
This module will provide a basis for studying specific methods of acting, directing and inventing. It is a studio module that will focus on scene work (you will be directed and you will direct others). You will also develop an original devised performance. You will visit a medium scale theatre company (Arad Goch) to learn about company structure and the creative processes.
Skills Portfolio 1
You will learn technical theatre and film skills in a series of intensive practical workshops led by experts, including theatre light and sound skills.
You will learn camera skills and editing skills and how to use the technology in a creative way in a series of other workshops, and create a short film.
You will have the opportunity to show your short films and to receive feedback on the completed work from a professional practitioner.
You will receive an introduction to blog/blog production techniques.
Perform to Camera
You will learn how to work in a TV studio and come to understand the skills needed to perform in front of the camera. You will have an introduction to the technology of the television studio, to the different elements (camera, lighting, sound) that come together to create a piece of work (building on the 'Skills Portfolio 1' module).
You will practice and perform a scene from a television script under direction and film in collaboration with the BA TV and Film Set Design course, with the intention of creating your first show-reel.
In this module, you will work as an 'ensemble' throughout the year to create a piece of live original theatre. You will study different practitioners and theories, as well as other media and arts, and use your research together with the main interests of the ensemble as a basis for your creative work. The aim of the module is to explore the relationship between research and practice.
Performance: New Media
In this module you will explore theatre and online/digital performance in the context of ideas about liveness, the bodiless, the spaceless and the interactive.
You will be introduced to new styles of writing and invention through online/digital tools to create and stage theatre and performance.
You will create an original online performance with digital tools and also explore participatory online/digital theatre practice that uses social media.
Writing a Text and Performing it
In this module you will get an introduction to basic screenwriting skills in a series of writing workshops which will focus on creating characters, narrative and dialogue, and style, form, medium and 'genre'. You will choose a medium and receive individual support in developing your work to create a script through a professional process. You will perform your work for professional playwrights and for Sherman's literary officer, receiving feedback.
Skills Portfolio 2
You will learn how to perform, record and edit a directed radio drama and how to create and use sound effects. As well as learning the essential skills of a radio drama performer, you will also touch on dubbing skills.
Media and Culture in Wales
In lectures, seminars and tutorials you will focus on the media, including broadcasting policies, film, radio and television, social media, cultural organisations, and the arts, including visual art, live art and popular music. These subjects are dealt with by examining the historical background, contemporary context and analysis of key issues such as national identity, language, demography, and the policies of governments before and after devolution.
A close connection with the current media will be central to the module and will be present in the module through a series of masterclasses in relation with Screen Alliance Wales, S4C, and National Museum of Wales.
Through an intensive series of seminars and practical workshops, you will agree on self-selected questions to be explored as a group through exercise. The culmination of this investigative and independent process will be a display of the group's response to the questions in the form of a complete performance created in a short period of intensive practice. The work will be performed in public, promoted and marketed by the group. In agreement with the lecturer, you will also select a research question that is of particular interest to you as an individual, as a basis for an extended essay. The work will be completed with regular guidance and careful support from a supervisor, in individual tutorials.
You will work independently to create a portfolio of individual work, with a minimum of four pieces of work in any media/media that are based on and develop from your previous study. The pieces of work will have been agreed in advance with the module leader.
The aim of the module is to create a portfolio that can be used to bridge between your studies and the world of work. You will receive support in order to organize to create one piece of work in collaboration with or with the guidance of an organisation or professional practitioner.
Skills Portfolio 3: Professional Practice
This module offers strategies for gaining employment within and beyond the field of performance. The module will place performance skills in the context of the creative industries, primary and secondary teaching, and more. There will be an opportunity in this module to do a period of work experience, to draw up a professional personal development plan, and to draw up an up-to-date CV.
The course lecturers are professional practitioners who continue to contribute to the creative industries in Wales. They are also experienced lecturers and experts in their specific fields. You will also be taught by professional practitioners and companies and receive feedback and support from them.
You will learn in practical workshops, seminars and tutorials, and occasionally in more formal lectures.
You will be regularly assessed through practical coursework, as part of a group and as an individual. You will submit written work to be assessed in the form of blogs and essays. You will also be assessed through live or online presentations. You will receive detailed and supportive feedback to each assessment to enable you to move forward with confidence.
At USW, we want you to succeed in your studies and in your life after graduation. We will enable you to make useful connections from the start and to build on connections during your time at university. We will also, in the third year, give you support to try to secure a period of work experience with a chosen company. We have excellent current connections to enable you to do this.
In the past, students who studied in Welsh at USW have benefited from annual trips to meet and share work with students from other universities in Wales. Every other year, they have travelled to the international Open Doors festival in Aberystwyth. There have also been trips abroad to Los Angeles to work with students at UCLA, to Finland for an international children's theatre festival, to Romania for an international student theatre festival, and to Berlin to consider the history of the city and to take advantage of the range of interesting theatre which is available there.
We will continue to take advantage of any opportunity to conduct study tours. They will be optional, and we will make every effort to keep the additional cost as low as possible.
The Cardiff Campus (The Atrium) in the center of the city with the industry, theatre, film and television companies, on your doorstep.
As part of the Cardiff Campus, Performance, Theater and Media students will benefit from a number of specialist spaces.
The resources include a theatre, four theater studios, a TV studio and a cinema.
The technical resources are extensive and up to date.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. The University has a Contextual Admissions Policy, therefore, whilst most offers we make are at the top of the range, under the Policy we take certain aspects of an application into consideration and eligible UCAS applicants can receive a personalised offer or have results considered individually when you receive them. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement.
Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
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.
Applicants in the UK
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application. If you do not meet the entry criteria you may also be required to attend an interview to help us assess your suitability for the course.
Typical A-Level Offer
Typical A-Level Offer
BCC - CDD (this equates to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical Welsh BACC Offer
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 (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical BTEC Offer
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
Typical IB Offer
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level
Typical Access to HE Offer
Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points
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 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Welsh Medium Scholarships
The University offers scholarships between £250 - £1000 to students studying part of their course through the medium of Welsh. The University is also part of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's scholarship scheme, which offer scholarships up to £3000. More information here: Welsh-Medium Scholarships | University of South Wales
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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 and EU students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
At USW we assist you to start your careers before you graduate with bespoke work experiences and a course that has been drawn up based on advice and support from the creative industries and what they need from the perspective of future employees.
Graduates of previous USW Welsh courses have gone on to work in relevant fields, and in a number of cases, to be leading leaders in their fields, receiving praise and being rewarded for their work.
Graduates work successfully as actors on television and in the theatre, as stage managers, screenwriters, company directors and production directors, as researchers and producers, presenters, marketing and arts people, and as teachers.
Students who have graduated through the medium of Welsh have worked with companies that include:
- Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
- Bara Caws
- Frân Wen
- Arad Goch
- Theatr na nÓg
- Radio Cymru
- Boom Cymru
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.