Explore Performance at Salford

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A performance degree at the University of Salford isn't just a certificate and a line of accomplishment on your CV. Our performance degrees allow you to work with supportive, friendly and experienced professionals, who genuinely care about how well you do.

At the University of Salford you'll learn new transferable skills, use our cutting-edge facilities, and you'll have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with a thriving performance community in Greater Manchester. 

Got a question? We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

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 and other stars of stage and screen

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

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Our students 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 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 work 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 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. 

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 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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

WE CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

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

NO QUESTION IS A BAD ONE

We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

 
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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We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.