Our Performance and Media degree invites you to explore the growing and diverse field of performance by questioning the relationship between live performance and a range of recorded media. You’ll study all major media forms such as theatre, film, television and radio through academic and practical work. You’ll also examine the production of new ideas in digital, interactive and multi-media performance practices.
Course content is designed to develop your intellectual, practical and technical skills, so you can explore global traditions, concepts and approaches to performance and media. You’ll work alongside visiting companies, professional theatre, film, and television practitioners. There are also many extracurricular activities that will look impressive on your CV, including public productions, student films and a student radio station.
Studying Performance and Media in Cardiff means you’ll have world-class venues and production companies on your doorstep, including the headquarters of BBC Wales, a major centre for production in the UK (Dr Who, Torchwood), the recently developed Pinewood Studios Wales, National Theatre Wales and the Welsh National Opera amongst others. USW’s Performance and Media degree is also part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the skills and opportunities needed to work in today’s exciting TV and Film industry.
You will have the opportunity to study performance, direction and production through a range of creative mediums including, film, theatre, radio, animation and games. Performance modules will give you an awareness of contemporary performance practice on stage and screen. In production modules you will study the range of technical skills needed to produce creative content through a range of media technologies including, camera, sound, editing and radio.
In the first year, you’ll explore concepts, conventions and perspectives within the expanding field of performance by analysing texts, viewing live performances and working practically, both individually and in groups. You’ll develop creative and technical skills so you can capture, record and edit your own work and performance for live and recorded media.
In years two and three, you’ll examine the presence of new, interactive and digital elements in traditional theatre and media-based forms, such as video projection and audio design, as well as exploring further the creative processes for performing live and for recorded media. To develop your interests even further, you can study related areas such as scriptwriting, applied drama, and a range of specialist modules that reflect staff research areas.
Year One: Performance and Media degree
- Performance and Media Practice
- Perspective and Performance
- Studio Production
- Media and Performance Technologies
Year Two: Performance and Media degree
- Radio Performance and Production
- Media Collaboration
- New Media Performance
- Performance Analysis and Critical Theory
- Specialist Studies 1
Year Three: Performance and Media degree
- Professional Practice and Employability
- Performance and Media Major Project
- Major Research Project
- Specialist Studies 2
Kyran Davies graduated in 2012 from BA (Hons) Performance and Media.
“A Monster & Me is a short film that I wrote which embodied elements from some of my biggest influences in cinema such as Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson and Hayao Miyazaki. It’s the story of 11-year-old Henry who goes on an adventure with his imaginary monster friend to discover his grandfathers long lost treasure.
The film includes three cast members and six crew and cost just £1000 to make. I saved up money after I left Uni to make the film by working in a cinema and freelancing at the BBC as a runner/assistant director.
At the BBC I’ve worked on Casualty, Dr Who and various other programmes and films based in Cardiff. It is very long hours and a lot of hard work but a brilliant way to learn about all the different roles on set, to build up experience and meet new people.
I’m now working on my latest short film, Sunnyside which I’m currently launching on the festival circuit at the moment.”