Screen Performance BA (Hons)

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Perfect performance skills for TV and film. Equip yourself with technical ability and performing skills. Gain experience that will launch your media career in front of or behind the camera.

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Course overview

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.

Why us?

  • 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

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Offering a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and performances, Sunderland Culture brings big-name artists from the worlds of contemporary visual arts, glass, ceramics and performance to the city, alongside showcasing the best and most exciting local talent. There is a huge range of opportunities for students to visit the venues, take part in events and get involved in the programme. Learn more about Sunderland Culture.

Course structure

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.

Not all option modules may be offered in any one academic year and will depend on the availability of staff and the priorities of the school. In addition, modules will usually need to be selected by a minimum number of students. Option modules may be available on more than one programme and the Programme Leaders will liaise with the Faculty Management Team to ensure there is a reasonable amount of choice in any given year.

Year 1 (national level 4):

Core modules

  • Production Skills (20 credits)
  • Scriptwriting (20 credits)
  • Actor Training (20 credits)
  • Performance And Me (20 credits)
  • Live TV Performance (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Film Studies (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules

  • Key Acting Practitioners (20 credits)
  • Guerilla Filmmaking (20 credits)
  • Live TV Drama (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose 60 credits):

  • Post Production (20 credits)
  • Film Making For Film Festivals (20 credits)
  • Scriptwriting (20 credits)
  • Moving Camera (20 credits)
  • Experimental Practices (20 credits)
  • Musical Theatre (20 credits)
  • Arts, Identity and Industry (20 credits)


Final year (national level 6):

Core modules

  • Practical Final Project (60 credits)


  • Final Showcase (40 credits)
  • Acting Practices (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose 60 credits):

  • High End Video Project (20 credits)
  • Radio Drama (20 credits)
  • Community Education (20 credits)
  • TV Drama (20 credits)
  • Acting Practices (20 credits)
  • Musical Theatre Performance (20 credits)


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  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for Journalism and Media studies include:

    • Lexis, which provides full-text newspaper articles as well as access to legal information
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
    • British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC), which provides resources for the production, study and use of film and related media in higher education and research
    • Screen Online (BFI), which is an online encyclopaedia of British film and television, featuring clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive
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  • The University’s facilities for Performing Arts include:

    • Our own 203-seat cinema with 7.1 surround sound facility
    • Two production studios with 4.6k camera system complete with green room and changing facilities
    • Eight Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track, drone and mini crane
    • Field camera systems, comprising 4.6k Blackmagic Ursa, Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro and Canon EOS 5D Mark III, with associated location kits, lighting, field monitors and audio mixers
    • Five radio studios including a Radio Drama Studio and transmission suite for Spark Sunderland
    • Avid Learning Partner (ALP)
    • Avid Certified Instructors (ACI) on staff for Avid Media Composer and ProTools
    • 60 post-production workstations all with Avid Media Composer, Avid Protools, Adobe CC, DaVinci Resolve and Baselight
    • Designated colour grading rooms and Avid S6 audio mixing room
    • Digital audio post-production area with voiceover booths
    • Local TV channel, a BBC reporter and a University owned community radio station on campus
    • Engagement with enterprise teams to encourage entrepreneurship
    Performing Arts Facilities
  • Learn in our 203 seat cinema and 7.1 surround sound facility. Get hands-on in our two broadcast-quality production studios complete with green room and changing facilities. Access four Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track and mini crane. Our field camera systems, comprises Blackmagic Ursa, Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro, Blackmagic 4K Production Camera and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, with associated location kits, lighting, field monitors and audio mixers.

    Get experience with Made in Tyne & Wear, based in the Media Centre providing placements to students and jobs to several of our graduates.

    Go on-air in one of five radio studios, including a larger radio drama studio and a transmission suite for Spark, our award winning student-run community radio station. Spark has a target audience of 15 to 24 year-olds and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Develop your skills in our digital audio post-production area with voice-over booths and 70 workstations with state-of-the-art HD Edit systems, including Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Premier Pro. You'll also use DaVinci Resolve for colour correction. 

    TV and radio studios
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The David Puttnam Media Centre is a thriving place to study and experience media. Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle and Made in Tyne & Wear, who are both based in the building. Volunteer with award winning Spark Sunderland, write for one of our suite of websites or edit Spark Magazine in our mediaHUB. Get hands on in TV and Radio Studios, Journalism and Digital editing suites. Learn from experts in this centre of excellence for training.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 112-120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, we also offer this course with an Integrated Foundation Year.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.


Please prepare an audition piece lasting one minute. This should show your ability to not only to perform with confidence, but communicate with an audience. Previous applicants have auditioned with monologues, songs or dances, please select whichever you are most comfortable with. Please note that we are not looking for perfection, we appreciate you’re still developing as a performer. 

Fees and finance

The annual, full-time fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

The part-time fee for this course is £6,935 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more 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.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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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.

Further study options

You could also choose to continue your studies with a Masters degree at the University of Sunderland, such as MA Media Production (Film and Television) or MA Radio.

Work experience

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.

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