Screen Performance BA (Hons)

3-Year Bachelor's Degree

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Perfect performance for TV and film. Equip yourself with a range of performance skills. Gain experience that will launch your media career in front of the camera.

Course overview

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.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you for Spotlight adult performer membership.

Why us?

  • Acclaimed independent production company Fulwell 73 – makers of Netflix show ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ – has launched a new regional office in our David Puttnam Media Centre. Get direct experience and insight into a leading production company and how it operates. Read more about Fulwell 73’s new regional office, Fulwell North.
  • Our Drama & Dance courses are ranked 14th in the UK (The Guardian University league tables, 2022)
  • Get hands-on in our high-quality TV studios, using industry standard TV drama sets
  • Learn from experts who are professionals in their fields, from actors, to directors, and film makers. Participate in regular masterclasses.
  • Film hard-hitting, gripping content for our award-winning film projects in collaboration with Northumbria Police
  • Enter your work into the Royal Television Society Awards
  • Successful completion of this course will qualify you for Spotlight adult performer membership

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. 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, as well as developing essay writing, research and presentation skills.

Year 1 (national level 4):

Core modules

  • Production Skills (20 credits)

Understand the key concepts and practical skills required to produce and edit a video advertising campaign. Learn how to use the cameras, lights, sound recording equipment and editing software.

  • Scriptwriting (20 credits)

Develop and write a short film script. Learn about genre, narrative, structure, character, and how to create and correctly format a film script.

  • Acting for Screen 1 (40 credits)

Gain an understanding of techniques and skills relevant to the screen actor. Learn practical skills through an experiential exploration of capturing acting on camera. Explore the impact of practitioner-inspired methods on work that takes place on film and TV. Gain a practical understanding of the voice and body’s place in creating work for this medium.

  • Drama for Live TV 1 (40 credits)

Develop a practical understanding of the role and importance of drama for live TV. Gain production skills through an experiential exploration of key strategies associated with capturing work for TV. Explore the impact of performance and production decisions in TV studios.

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules

  • Acting for Screen 2 (40 credits)

Progress your understanding of techniques relevant to film and TV. Gain a toolkit of skills to help you to become an emerging artist in the screen industry. Explore the impact of practitioner-inspired methods on work that takes place on TV and film.

  • Drama for Live TV 2 (40 credits)

Understand 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 on work that takes place in a TV studio, and when filming on location.

  • Guerilla Filmmaking (20 credits)

Gain knowledge of guerrilla filmmaking, in terms of camera operation/techniques, dramatic lighting, sound recording, video editing, colour grading and production management.

Optional modules (choose 20 credits):

  • Post Production (20 credits)

Build on the post-production knowledge and skills acquired at Level 1. Develop your technical understanding of Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, and how this software is used to craft a video project. Develop your critical understanding of editing and audio mixing from a dramatic/artistic perspective.

  • Film Making For Film Festivals (20 credits)

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.

  • Scriptwriting (20 credits)

Gain an introduction to the concepts and techniques employed in writing drama or comedy suitable for television or steaming service such as Netflix or Amazon. Learn how to develop an idea through the treatment stage, and finally into a script.

  • Experimental Practices (20 credits)

Explore experimental practices in performing arts. Discuss the importance of, and connection between, social ideologies and performance activity.

  • Arts, Identity and Industry (20 credits)

Focus on current topics and issues in the arts industry, for example, identity, performing bodies, arts and disability, arts and health, arts and education, effective preparation and application, and corporate arts.

Final year (national level 6):

Core modules

  • Multi-Platform Performance (20 credits)

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.

  • Creative Enterprise Project (20 credits)

Plan and implement a small-scale project and experience a work placement aligned to a possible career. 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.

  • TV Drama Project (20 credits)

Examine acting for TV, and develop your knowledge surrounding video/TV production. Cover screen context and participate in workshops looking at on-camera acting techniques, planning, rehearsing and shooting a range of dramatic scenarios for video/TV. Take part in the award-winning film projects in collaboration with Northumbria Police.

Optional modules (choose 60 credits):

  • Practical Final Project (60 credits)

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.

  • Final Showcase (40 credits)

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.

  • Screenwriting for Film and TV 2 (20 credits)

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.

  • Radio Drama (20 credits)

Understand the development of radio drama in the BBC and in independent production and experimental drama. Participate in production workshops which focus on idea formation, pitching, production management, scriptwriting, casting, studio direction and creative production.

  • Independent Study (20 credits)

Work independently to develop new, critical and creative insights by means of a research project in either written, or practical and written forms. Reflect the central learning outcomes with a particular emphasis on subject/contextual study, practical/artistic exploration or application, evaluation and reflection.

  • High End Video Project (20 credits)

Create a high-end corporate video project for a client in small groups. Demonstrate your technical ability in creating highly composed compositions, effective audio levels/mixing/score, and professional editing/grade. Individually create a showreel of your best work from across the course which highlights your professionalism and technical ability.


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


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. You are expected to audition with a monologue. Please note that we are not looking for perfection, we appreciate you’re still developing as a performer. 

Career ready

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.

Work experience

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.

Industry links

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.

Creative Industries Week

Creative Industries Week gives everyone in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries the opportunity to participate in a range of projects, workshops, talks, industry visits and career events. This exciting week encourages interdisciplinary working, broadens your experience, to build your confidence and help develop your career path.


If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

Pearson Test of English Academic

You need an overall score of 59 with no less than 59 in each skill.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

You need grade C or above.

Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)

You need grade C or above.




26 January 2022 – UCAS deadline

Applications for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline, should arrive at UCAS by 6pm on 26 January 2022. This is the ‘equal consideration’ deadline, which means course providers must consider all applications received by this time equally. 

25 February 2022 – UCAS Extra opens

If you’ve used all five choices, and you’re not holding any offers, you can add another choice using Extra.

19 May 2022 – University decision deadline

If you applied by 26 January and you’re still awaiting a decision from one of your choices, we have until today to decide whether we’re making you an offer. Any choices that are still outstanding after this will be made unsuccessful.

9 June 2022 – Deadline to reply to offers

If you receive all your university decisions by 19 May, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you are using Extra to find a place), otherwise they’ll be declined.

30 June 2022 – Final day to make an application to five universities

You can still apply with up to five choices until 6pm today. After this, your application will automatically be entered into Clearing. 

4 July 2022 – Final day to apply for a course in Extra 

This is the last day to add an Extra option to your 2022 application. If you don’t hold any offers after this, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing. 


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The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.


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Screen Performance BA (Hons)

Media, photograph, film, theater, performance

3-Year Bachelor's Degree

The University of Sunderland in England

United Kingdom

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