Choose Performance at Salford
You've been made an offer to join our friendly and supportive performance community because we recognise how talented you are. In September, you'll make one of the most important and exciting moves in your life! We want to make sure that you choose the right option for you.
So what's the next step?
Come see us at an Applicant Visit Day on 18 March or 25 April.
- To help with travel costs, if you live in Greater Manchester, we'll contribute £15 to the cost of your visit; for anyone coming from further afield, we'll contribute £40 (find out more at the website below).
- You'll have a chance to meet other students who have applied for your course and share the same passion for performance.
- Take part in theatre and screen acting workshops so you'll see first hand what it's like to learn here at the University of Salford.
- Speak to our course tutors and demonstrators about any questions you may have.
What's the performance scene like in Greater Manchester?
We're proud that Greater Manchester's performance scene is etched on the world map. Greater Manchester has produced iconic shows such as Coronation Street, The Voice, Queer as Folk, The Royle Family and Shameless. Our alumni includes talents such as Peter Kay, Warren Brown and Jason Manford.
Are businesses in Greater Manchester recruiting for jobs in the Arts and Media industry?
The skills you learn from our degrees are transferable. The number of people working in the creative industries in the north-west of England jumped 26.5% between 2011 and 2018 to 158,000, including 15,000 in advertising and marketing, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.
Manchester's creative industry is growing faster than anywhere in the UK outside London
There are 7,475 more jobs in the sector than there were two years ago. Manchester's creative industry is growing faster than anywhere in the UK outside London, new figures reveal.
Why should you study performance at the University of Salford?
Follow in the footsteps of notable alumni, including Peter Kay, Jason Manford and other stars of stage and screen
You'll perform in industry-standard facilities in our £55 million New Adelphi building, including a 350-seat theatre and screen acting studio.
Our students have scooped the Chortle Student Comedy Award for the last two years
Our broadcast-standard TV acting and presenting studios
Our green screen facilities
Our specialist drama radio studio
Our 4K cameras
Our performance spaces
Our purpose-built flexible theatres
You can learn what student life is like on campus
Salford is part of Greater Manchester, a creative, thriving, diverse city-region in the north-west of England and home to some of the most open and friendly people you'll meet. There's an entrepreneurial spirit with the School of Art and Media – we've got big ideas, and we make them happen.
Our main campus is just 2km from Manchester city centre, and our MediaCityUK campus shares a skyline with the BBC and ITV. Everything you need for an outstanding university experience.
But we also know how to have fun – with some of the greatest sports, culture, and music scenes in the world. Salford and Manchester are home to anyone who works hard and plays hard.
You can have a tour of our student accommodation
Living in student accommodation is a great way to get settled into university life, meet new people, and immerse yourself in the student experience.
No matter whether you're an undergraduate student coming to university for the first time, an international student, or a postgraduate student looking to live in halls, we've got some great accommodation options to choose from here at the University of Salford, including Peel Park Quarter - which was recently voted as the third-best Halls of Residence in the UK by Student Hut.
You can learn more about the support service we have
We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. Whether you need advice about accommodation, settling into student life, or want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing team, we are here to help.
You can learn more about the student finance process
While you are studying either an undergraduate or postgraduate course at university, you'll generally have to pay for your tuition fees as well as your living costs for the duration of your degree. You can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for loans and grants to help with some of these costs.
If you are a UK undergraduate ordinarily resident in Wales, Nothern Ireland or Scotland then you can apply for finance through the following agencies:
- Wales: Student Finance Wales
- Northern Ireland: Student Finance NI
- Scotland: Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
For more information on the student finance process, visit the student loans and grants askUs webpage.
What's the teaching style like for performance courses at the University of Salford?
Every one of our lectures has their own teaching style, and that's what makes your experience with us more productive. Our teaching staff are very approachable and are invested in helping you learn, seeing you thrive and excel in your chosen area.
Are the performance courses more practical, or do I need to write a lot of essays?
Learning and assessment happens in many ways. You'll be assessed practically around 60% of the time, but you'll also write essays, deliver presentations, create journals or blogs, and take part in vivas. Generally, practical work amounts to 60%, written 20% and presentations 20%. This means you have a varied set of assessment methods that give learners multiple ways to express themselves.
Are there internship options, or what type of jobs could I get after I finish my degree?
The University of Salford has internships across many different departments where you can enhance and learn new skills.
After you graduate with us, you could apply to be working with the New Adelphi Theatre team or work in the performance department, helping schedule and manage productions.
Our performance graduates have gone on to do many things, such as acting for TV, theatre, and film. Many have become casting directors, theatre directors and ran their own small scale theatre companies. Alumni have also become drama facilitators, scriptwriters, playwrights and worked as educators.
For technical theatre, there is a work placement module where you spend 60 hours in a professional organisation such as The Royal Exchange or independent technical practitioners or designers. Technical theatre students are also encouraged to be involved with the professional technical staff in the running of shows at the New Adelphi Theatre, and they also are heavily involved with Almost Famous, the university drama society.
Will I be able to write, act in, or produce my own performances?
You'll have the opportunity to shape your own content and future. During your second year, we'll help build your confidence, and you'll work under the direction of a theatre or film director to show your work to an external audience.
During the third year, you'll be making your own performances, films, or developing your own scripts. These will be presented at the Debut Festival of Theatre and Comedy, or part of our public screening festival at the New Adelphi Theatre, and potentially also at the creative culture hub HOME in Manchester.
How do your current students showcase their performance work right now?
We give you the opportunity to showcase your work both publically and privately. Our students have performed at: TaPP Fest, a public performance festival for second year theatre students. There's also the option to show video projects and screenings for Media and Performance students, to perform at the Debut Theatre and Comedy Festival, and there's more film screenings in the third year.
We have strong working relationships with agents. We host 'agent showcases' so you have the opportunity to be audition and present your skills to industry.
I only like scriptwriting - do I have to do other things if I choose the University of Salford?
Well, coming to university gives you the chance to explore new things and expand your skills and knowledge in a wide range of theatre, media, academia. We encourage you to learn new skills and pursue new interests. Many of our students discover a passion for something new; however, you can still specialise and develop your own work as you move through the degree. We hold one-to-one tutorials with students so we can work all of this out together.
Is there much technical work involved in putting together a performance?
This really depends on the module or the performance you're in. Our Technical Theatre students support a lot of our performances. You may take on some extra responsibility for the performance you're in, for example in lighting design, production management, costume, and set production elements including camera, edit, and multi-media. We encourage students to get involved in all aspects of the performance, from devising and working on a script to the 'get-in and get-out.' We champion the motto: the more you put in, the more you get out!
How often do you refresh your course content to keep what I'm learning fresh?
We review our course content to keep what you learn fresh and meets the standards for employers. The performance industry is fluid, so for some modules, you can reflect and see the latest touring performances to add learnings to your assessments. We can also recommend new films, radio plays and other performances and pieces of creative writing. We encourage students to respond to these sources of inspiration in class or as part of your assessments.
What's the performance lecturers' professional background?
We're researchers writing new books and academic papers that contribute to the national and international landscape of performance. We're actors, voice-over artists, theatre-makers, filmmakers, directors, radio presenters, writers, sound artists, lighting designers, physical theatre and clowning specialists, young people's theatre facilitators, impro specialists, and more. And most importantly, we're here to get the best performer out of you and will support you throughout your degree.
No question is a bad one
Whether it's about the student experience, more details around industry placements, to how big our class sizes are - you can find out more by attending an Applicant Visit Day. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions to our friendly and approachable staff.
So come visit us on 18 March or 25 April and get a feel for what it's really like to be a student at the University of Salford.