Explore the practical, theoretical and contextual aspects of the highly specialist areas of screen performance with this exciting new course. You will learn the insider skills and techniques for television, film and radio and master industry standards and conventions alongside practitioners and leading researchers. We’ll guide you through the different genres of screen performance such as drama, comedy, soap opera and factual reportage.
Preparing you for your career is at the heart of this course. You’ll develop key industry skills and techniques and gain professional practice in areas which have been identified as ‘skill gaps’ by industry practitioners, eg: multi-camera acting and directing, story-lining, project management, acting for green screen and acting/presenting for live broadcast.
You can specialise as you progress and you’ll have the opportunity to pick up modules from across our performing arts and film production courses. Working alongside students from other courses, you’ll share knowledge and expertise that replicate industry projects.
This course is subject to approval
- 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
- Our Media and Film Studies courses are ranked 15th in the UK according to the Guardian University league tables 2018
- Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle, Made in Tyne and Wear and internationally award-winning Spark Sunderland; all based in our dedicated Media Centre
- Get involved with our internationally award-winning community radio station Spark, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- All students studying on-campus undergraduate media courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement
Alongside your practical work, teaching methods include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, seminars, screenings, group and individual projects, and independent learning. The course has been designed to include a number of employability initiatives and links to industry, which are embedded throughout the course.
In the first two years, you’ll develop the core skills in screen performance, while having the opportunity to follow your own interests and specialisms to support your individual career choices. The course culminates in a major screen/media project in an area of performance that supports your individual preference and/or career interests.
You will be assessed in a variety of different forms, with learning outputs mirroring industry outputs in terms of showreels, audition and on-set standards and etiquette, video essays, adverts, as well as developing essay writing, research and presentation skills.
This degree prepares you for a variety of careers in media production in front of and behind the camera or microphone. You will gain highly transferable skills in communication, presentation and collaboration with others which will be very relevant to roles in TV, new media and performing arts.
We actively encourage students to gain relevant work experience while at university. In every year of your course, you will be guided and encouraged to gain meaningful experience that will fit around your studies.
You will also undertake a number of practical assignments, which can include live briefs from clients outside the University. You will build up a portfolio of work, to show future employers.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate media courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
Industry links and facilities
We frequently invite guest speakers to run workshops and master classes, allowing you to relate your learning to real-life experience.
We have excellent links with national employers such as the BBC and ITV, and strong links with regional productions like Vera and the Dumping Ground.
Throughout your studies you’ll be guided and supported by our experts, all of whom are working or researching in media and performance. You’ll study alongside scriptwriters, film makers, choreographers radio producers, presenters, actors, and independent film producers who will share their experience and encourage you to build your network.
We’re known for excellent media facilities and have over 50 workstations with state-of-the-art HD Edit systems, including Final Cut Pro, Avid and Media Composer. We also have our own 203-seat cinema with full HD projection and a 7.1 surround sound facilities.