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Explore the practical, theoretical and contextual aspects of the highly specialist areas of screen performance with this exciting course. Learn skills and techniques for television and film; and prepare for a career in the screen industry.
Gain professional practice in screen performance, including: multi-camera acting and directing, scriptwriting, production skills, and multi-platform performance.
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 actors, directors, agents, casting directors and independent film makers who will share their experience and encourage you to build your network.
In the first year – the foundation year – you will study five modules; a module about the foundations of art, design, performance and media production, an essential study skills module, a foundation project module, practical numeracy skills, and an introduction to creative practice module. After completion of this foundation year, you will then move onto the Screen Performance honours degree course.
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.
As you progress through the course, you’ll develop the core skills in screen performance. The course culminates in a major screen project 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, jingles as well as developing essay writing, research and presentation skills.
The Creative Industries: Arts, Design, Performance, Media Production Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Gain an introduction to the key concepts and practical skills required to produce and edit a video advertising campaign ready for multiplatform distribution. Explore and consider types of multiplatform content and postproduction techniques. Learn about digital workflow practices, digital video editing, video graphics/titles, camera/lighting techniques and location shooting. Present to a panel the idea/concept for your advertising package with particular focus on multiplatform opportunities, genre, target audience and research.
Work on the production of two independently written scripts for short film. Attend scriptwriting workshops which will include a series of tutor-led presentations on the distinctive properties, conventions and techniques of scriptwriting for film. Learn how to develop an idea through to treatment stage, and finally into scripts suitable for short films. Cover genre, narrative structure, plot lines and character development. Develop your critical awareness in relation to your own work and that of others. Look at the role of script supervisor and what happens to the script once it is written. Develop your analytical skills and understanding of conceptual issues in relation to scriptwriting and the finished product.
Develop a practical and theoretical understanding of techniques and skills relevant to the screen actor. Gain practical skills through an experiential exploration of key strategies associated with capturing acting on the camera. Explore the impact of practitioner-inspired methods upon work that takes place on TV and Film. Progress the module with a practical understanding of the voice and body’s place in creating work for this medium. Contribute to a short film performance, underpinned and supported with an evaluative presentation of the work and your learning throughout the module.
Develop a practical understanding of the role and importance of drama for Live TV. Gain practical and production skills through an experiential exploration of key strategies associated with capturing work for the medium of TV. Explore the impact of performance and production decisions upon work that takes place in a TV studio. Finish the module with a robust practical understanding of various roles involved in creating work for the medium of TV, underpinned and supported with an analytical and evaluative presentation of the work and your learning throughout the module.
Progress your practical understanding of techniques relevant to film and TV; offering you a toolkit of skills to help you to become an emerging artist in the screen industry. Progress your understanding of the impact of practitioner-inspired methods upon work that takes place on TV and Film, and analyse and evaluate who you are as a performer in a professional development presentation which reflects upon your learning throughout the module.
Progress the practical understanding of the role and importance of drama for Live TV. Develop practical and production skills through an experiential exploration of key strategies associated with capturing work for the medium of TV, within and external to a Live TV studio. Explore the impact of performance and production decisions upon work that takes place in a TV studio, and in relation to filming on location. Finish the module with a robust practical understanding of various roles involved in creating work for the medium of TV specific to both the environment of the TV Studio and location-based filming opportunities, underpinned and supported with an analytical and evaluative presentation of the work and your learning throughout the module.
Develop your theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of Guerrilla filmmaking. Form your own production company in a group of 6-8 people, and originate, develop, script, perform, shoot and edit a 5-minute Guerrilla film project. Further develop your skills in directing, producing, camera operation, dramatic lighting, sound recording, video editing and production management. Explore the possibilities of crowd funding and the digital marketing opportunities for short films in order to find an audience for your film. Submit a 1,500-word critical evaluation which will demonstrate your understanding of your individual role on the production, the performance of the group, the technologies employed in creating the short film project and critically evaluate the final piece.
Create a short film, in groups, geared towards the short film festival marketplace. Develop your critical understanding of dramatic techniques and technical ability in a variety of production roles such as Director, Cinematographer and Editor.
Progress the practical understanding of techniques and skills relevant to different styles and genres of performance for the screen actor, in order to add to your professional show-reel. Take part in workshops that explore diverse areas of screen performance such as virtual reality, TV presenting and motion capture. Analyse and evaluate the challenges and advantages of your selected multi-platform performance.
Gain a broad overview of developments in the creative industries, examine trends and developments in relation to the work of selected practitioners and theorists, and investigate current research, thinking and practice. Develop and apply specialist and transferable skills and knowledge working in a range of professional creative employment contexts. Plan and implement a small-scale project and experience a work placement aligning to a possible career outcome. Develop a professional online portfolio/digital CV which showcases some of your best work to take forward as a way of self-promotion, self-branding and identifying key skills and competencies as a graduate and creative practitioner.
Collaborate with Northumbria Police and produce an awareness and training film that addresses crime. Learn how to act in front of the camera and explore business on screen, hitting a mark, audition techniques and reactions to camera. Analyse scenes from screen performances and explore the creation of meaning in performance.
Create a high-end video project for a client of your choosing such as an individual, a business, or a band. Demonstrate your technical ability/skills in creating highly composed compositions, effective audio, and professional editing/grade.
Extend your artistic practice and/or demonstrate creative innovation. Depending on the role you select, you'll develop: artistic competence, choreographic, compositional, devising and directorial processes, performance skills and creative use of small scale staging techniques.
Expand on the practical skills and theoretical understanding of the Steadicam, Track and Dollies, Jib Arm and other camera conveyance through lectures, workshops, exercises, screenings and discussions. Develop your critical awareness and understanding of conceptual issues and how these relate to your practical work.
Look at adapting existing narratives. Study a variety of forms and sources and develop them into your own narrative in screenplay form (up to 30 minutes). Develop your work through treatment stage to final screenplay. Cover subjects including adapting character, plot, narrative voice and thematic choices.
Connect with the role played by music, performance and genre in the evocation of emotion in cinema. Examine these in relation to a rich variety of films drawn from international cinema. Study TV drama and the music video.
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Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
Eligible entry qualifications:
1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, T Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.
If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!
** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you are from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.
If you are a full-time UK/Irish/EU settled/EU pre-settled student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fees for the full four years. UK and EU settled students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree prepares you for a career in front of the camera. 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 performance.
We actively encourage you to gain relevant work experience while at university. In every year of your course, you'll be guided and encouraged to gain meaningful experience that will fit around your studies.
You'll undertake a number of practice modules throughout your course, which can include live briefs from clients from outside the University. Get the opportunity to gain production experience with independent production company Fulwell 73 and build up a portfolio of work to show future employers.
We frequently invite guest speakers to run workshops and master classes, allowing you to relate your learning to real-life experience. Previous masterclasses have been delivered by: Lord David Puttnam; Leo Pearlman (Fulwell 73); Bhasker Patel (Emmerdale, Thunderbirds, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom); Liam Fox (Emmerdale, Dinnerladies); Coronation Street’s first disabled actress, Cherylee Houston; Terence Maynard (Coronation Street, Edge of Tomorrow, Revolver, Reign of Fire); Principal Costume Coordinator in film and TV, Carol Machin (The Hitman's Bodyguard, 13 Hours, Judy, Dune); Director, Ian Bevitt (Coronation Street and Emmerdale); Senior Production Manager, Lee Rayner (Coronation Street); and Bessie Williams, who set up casting recruitment agency NE1 4.TV, (Vera, Beowulf and CCBC’s The Dumping Ground).
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.
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