Top in Wales for career prospects in Drama and Dance for the past two years Guardian League Table 2021 & 2022
An innovative course that produces world-class practitioners to work in the creative industries (theatre and media) in Wales and beyond.
The course meets the demand from theatre and media organisations in Wales for skilled bilingual creative workers. It will prepare students to work across a variety of media and closely with industry. The course will enable you to take the first steps into the creative industries in Wales and cover all career options including:
You will study in the centre of Cardiff and at the heart of the creative industries in Wales. You will benefit from making professional contacts from the start and you will graduate with a deep understanding of the skills needed to work in the creative industries and of the cultural context of the theatre and media sectors in Wales and beyond.
You will develop and nurture creativity. You will learn practical skills in the fields of performance and media, study the cultural context of the creative industries and develop the skills that employers require and which will give you a competitive edge in the graduate workplace.
Our staff are experts in the fields of performance, media and culture and have a wide range of experience of working in the creative industries as performers, actors, directors, producers and playwrights, in Wales and internationally.
You do not necessarily need to have qualifications in drama or media studies to study this course. We welcome applicants with a GCSE qualification in Welsh as a first or second language.
The course is suitable for students interested in working in the creative industries as a performer or in another role.
The course is suitable for fluent Welsh speakers and those who have learned Welsh at school.
This course is subject to validation.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
The Perfformio, Theatr a’r Cyfryngau / Performance, Theatre and Media course will be the perfect choice for you if you want to explore the creative possibilities of these fields and want to secure a career in the creative industries in Wales or beyond, or a related career such as teaching.
You will learn to think creatively and to consider and evaluate the cultural value of the performing arts. The course will teach you practical skills that will enable you to be confident, creative, and employable with a deep understanding of the creative industries both in Wales and globally.
You will graduate with the transferable skills that employers are looking for such as the ability to think creatively, to solve problems, to communicate, to lead, to work with others, to be flexible and to manage your time. You will also have studied through the medium of Welsh.
Bridging education and work is part of the course ethos and you will be in regular contact with companies in the sector.
The course includes practical workshops, discussion sessions and tutorials, as well as visits to performances, venues and festivals (confirmed annually), and through work experience. In a typical week, you will participate in practical workshops in a theatre / television studio or on location. You will prepare and attend discussion sessions. You will also discuss your work during one-to-one sessions with tutors on a regular basis.
You will also attend Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol collaborative events with students and staff from other Universities.
The direct contact hours will change from week to week and term to term - from 12 hours per week to 40 hours per week during intensive learning periods.
For every 20 credits a student is expected to study independently for 80 hours
The number of days studied will vary depending on the nature of the module / period of study and whether the learning is intensive or not.
Guest practitioners from the industry regularly contribute to the course.
We have an open-door policy in relation to students contacting a member of staff for assistance.
Students will collaborate with students from other courses and be part of a community of Welsh-speaking students and graduates.
There are no exams for this course. Students are assessed mainly through practical coursework as well as more traditional coursework.
All students will be offered work experience at suitable companies. Students studying through the medium of Welsh at the University of South Wales have undertaken work experience with;
We will also offer work experience through our partnership with Screen Alliance Wales.
A lecturer specialising in Professional Practice will assist students in arranging work experience in an area of their choice. There is also support from the University's Careers Department.
Graduates often secure employment where they have completed work experience.
As part of the course, students will regularly visit theatres, cinemas, museums, and galleries. Visits to national and / or international festivals and conferences will also be arranged (confirmed annually).
Cardiff Campus offers a fantastic range of facilities including a 160-seat theatre, two theatre studios, two dance studios, a TV studio, audio and radio recording studios, a 130-seat cinema, a green screen studio, a motion / performance capture studio and a voiceover studio. There is a wide range of bespoke technical facilities such as video and audio editing and dubbing rooms. Technical equipment can be borrowed through the media loan system. The campus has an excellent specialist library, with a very wide range of books and other materials on the creative industries.
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.
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.
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.
Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can access/apply for a range of funding to help with these costs.
There’s lots of financial help available from the University and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
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.
Graduates from the course will be able to work in the creative industries in Wales and beyond, in theatre and media. A Welsh-medium qualification will make graduates attractive candidates to work in any public body in Wales. Some of our graduates also choose to train as teachers.
Students who have studied through the medium of Welsh at the University of South Wales have secured careers as:
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.