Explore Performance at Salford

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A Performance degree at the University of Salford enables you to reach your creative potential. Throughout your time on our performance degrees, you will work with supportive and experienced staff, many of whom work within the industry as successful actors, writers, directors and theatre-makers. 

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Why should you study performance at the University of Salford?

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Follow in the footsteps of notable alumni, including Peter Kay, Jason Manford, Emma Atkins and Haiesha Mistry.

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You'll perform in industry-standard facilities in our £55 million New Adelphi building, including a 350-seat theatre, radio and screen acting studios.

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Our students Bexie Archer and Erika Ehler have scooped the Chortle Student Comedy Award for the last two years.

FAQs

What's the teaching style like for performance courses at the University of Salford?

Every one of our lecturers has their unique teaching style and that’s what makes your experience with us richer. Our teaching staff are very approachable and are invested in helping you learn, seeing you thrive and excel in your chosen area. 

Do your performance courses have any social platforms I can follow?

Our performance courses have a Facebook account that you can follow. 

You can follow students on the MA in Contemporary Performance Practice degree on Twitter and Instagram 

 

Are the performance courses more practical or do I need to write a lot of essays?

You'll learn and be assessed in many ways from delivering practical’s, writing essays, delivering presentations, creating journals or blogs and take part in a viva.  
The practical work amounts to 60%, written 20% and presentations 20% of your overall grade. This means you have a varied set of assessment methods which 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 can apply to work with the New Adelphi Theatre team or 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.  
  
Our postgraduate alumni have gone on to be supported artists at the Royal Exchange Theatre, as well as to secure funded PhD places at Salford and Lancaster Universities, and present work at HOME and the Manchester International Festival.

Will I be able to write, act or produce my performances?

We give you the opportunity to showcase your work both publicly and privately.  Our students have performed at the TaPP Fest (a public performance festival for second year Theatre and Performance Practice students), Debut Theatre and Comedy Festival and more. 
  
We also have strong working relationships with agents and host 'agent showcases' so you have the opportunity to be audition and present your skills to industry.  
  
As part of our postgraduate provision, there are a number of opportunities to connect with venues, agents, programmers, producers and artists in your area. The vibrant Arrival Festival showcases the work of postgraduate contemporary performance-makers in August/September every year. 

During your second year you’ll work under the direction of a theatre or film director and show your work to an external audience. At 3rd year you’ll be making your bespoke performances, films or developing your own scripts and 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 HOME cinema in Manchester. 

How do your current students showcase their performance work right now?

We give you the opportunity to showcase your work both publicly and privately. 
Our students have performed at the TaPP Fest (a public performance festival for second year theatre students), Debut Theatre and Comedy Festival and more. Media and Performance students showcase their work at HOME.  
  
We also have strong working relationships with agents and host 'agent showcases' so you have the opportunity to be audition and present your skills to industry.  
  
As part of our postgraduate provision, there are a number of opportunities to connect with venues, agents, programmers, producers and artists in your area. The vibrant Arrival Festival showcases the work of postgraduate contemporary performance-makers in August/September every year.

I prefer scriptwriting - do I have to do other things if I choose the University of Salford?

We're proud that Greater Manchester's performance scene is etched on the world map. Greater Manchester has produced iconic showIs there much technical work involved in putting together a performance?s such as Coronation Street, The Voice, Queer as Folk, The Royle Family and Shameless. Our local alumni include talents such as Peter Kay, Warren Brown and Jason Manford.  
  
Greater Manchester is also a fantastic place to build a career in making live performance, with many opportunities for emerging makers arising from the range of venues in the region, as well as the biannual Manchester International Festival and countless smaller events and spaces for making and presenting your work. 

Well, coming to our University gives you the chance to explore new experiences and expand your skills and knowledge in a wide range of theatre, media, academia.  

Many of our students discover a passion for something new, but you can still specialise and develop your own work as you move through the degree. We also hold one-to-one tutorials with students so you'll have support and direction throughout your time studying with us. 

  

Is there much technical work involved in putting together a performance?

This depends on the module or the performance you’ve chosen. Our Technical Theatre students support a lot of our performances, but you may take on some extra responsibility for the performance you’re in, for example in lighting design, production management, costume, set, production elements including camera, edit, multi-media.  
We encourage students to get involved in all aspects of the performance, from devising, working on a script to the ‘get-in and get-out. Remember the old saying, 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 keep the content you learn relevant, so you're always be learning new techniques that'll enhance your skill-set.  For some modules, you'll be encouraged to find out more about the latest touring work and weave learnings into your practical and written deliverables.  
You may watch new films, listen to radio plays, read new plays/creative writing and respond to these in class or as part of your assessments. Modules are frequently reviewed to ensure the content is aligned with media trends and industry practice. 

What's the performance lecturers' professional background?

Our staff are 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. 
We also work with technical demonstrators who'll teach you the technical skills to excel on your course.  

 

If performance lecturers had to pick a scene, musical, show or a one-liner to sum them up, what would it be?’

I’m not sure this sums me up, but I love the late Nigel Charnock in DV8’s 1992 physical theatre piece Strange Fish. Particularly the bar scene where his skilful yet awkward physicality and his sheer needy energy exhaust me just watching him!' Niki Woods, Senior Lecturer in Performance. Programme Leader Theatre and Performance Practice and Artistic Director New Adelphi Theatre 

There are so many quotes from my favourite film  Saturday Night and Sunday Morning that I could choose. It was adapted by Alan Sillitoe from his debut novel into a 1960 film starring Salford's very own Albert Finney, and was directed by Karel Reisz. I'm still so familiar with the script that I'm almost word perfect and love the energy and defiance of the character Arthur Seaton. There are so many lines that the character has that I could quote, however: 

'it's a hard life, if you don't weaken'  is a particular favourite. Michelle Morris:  Lecturer in Media and Performance 

Do you have technical staff that'll help me learn new skills?

Where a module requires technical skills, the content will include the training of these skills. There are technicians on hand who specialise in editing, camera, studio etc along with the tutor who will continue to support you once you have been trained. You are then able to hire various studios and equipment to work independently on your projects again with guidance from the technicians. 

What type of essays are we expected to write?

Essays are linked to a taught module, whether it be a more theory-based class or to reflect and evaluate on some practical work undertaken. The two are designed to link and support your performances and practical work and to gain a better understanding of how you can improve or further your skills. 

How do your current students showcase their performance work right now?

We provide you with a platform to perform to audiences both digitally and  
Our students have performed at the TaPP Fest (a public performance festival for second-year theatre students), Debut Theatre and Comedy Festival and more. 
We also have strong working relationships with agents and host 'agent showcases' so you have the opportunity to be audition and present your skills to industry. 

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 local alumni includes talents such as Peter Kay, Warren Brown and Jason Manford.  

Greater Manchester is also a fantastic place to build a career in making live performance, with many opportunities for emerging makers arising from the range of venues in the region, as well as the biannual Manchester International Festival and countless smaller events and spaces for making and presenting your work. 

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EXPERIENCE OUR PERFORMANCE FACILITIES

Our £55 million, sustainable and accessible New Adelphi building is a north-west hotspot for talent, academia, and creativity which is supported by a thriving media industry in Greater Manchester.  

The space empowers interdisciplinary collaborative teaching methods and our blend of digital and traditional facilities has been designed with industry, to create a forward-thinking educational experience during your studies. 

New Adelphi includes:

Broadcast-standard TV acting and presenting studios

Green screen facilities

Specialist drama radio studio

4K cameras

Flexible performance spaces and theatres

Student Life, Student Support, Accommodation and Finance

Student life

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.

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, including Peel Park Quarter - which was recently voted the second-best halls of residence in the UK by Student Hut.

See more about the accommodation options available, as well as information on our facilities for commuter students >>

Support and Wellbeing

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.

Finance and Money Matters

When you come to university, it’s important to manage your money carefully. Our student support service, askUS, offers information and advice on all aspects of student finance, whether you’re a current or prospective student.

Get more information about student loans, our support schemes and bursaries and help with budgeting >>

 

 

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