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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:W430
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

Pursue your dream of performing in TV, film, radio, on stage or online with this degree covering the creative and technical aspects of radio programme making, directing, script development, performance management, and lighting for the stage and for the camera.

You will explore practical techniques in performance and production, underpinned by media and cultural theory.

Enjoy masterclasses from leading figures in performances areas as well as excellent facilities, industry connections and placement opportunities.

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      • Learn the skills needed to work within the professional media industries as an actor before the camera, scriptwriter, director, production manager, stage manager for theatre or presenter for radio or screen
      • Study a variety of performance and production skills and techniques, with practical work informed by knowledge of media and cultural theory
      • Develop the necessary skills, knowledge, self-motivation and professional approach to pursue your ambition to follow a satisfying and stimulating career path
      • Gain opportunities for work experience via the Performance Management - Work Based Learning Unit: students are invariably offered paid work after their placement has ended
      • Explore the historical, cultural and social dimensions of performance
      • Benefit from a course that will enable you to work in film, fashion events or in the performing arts or progress to the Screen Performance and Communications Techniques MA. Graduates of this course are working in front of the camera, presenting on CBBC, CBeebies, community channel local news, internet sports radio and news programmes, with others working behind the camera as members of production teams, directors or working at Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Kiss and BBC Local Radio
      • Study Media Performance and in year 3 you will be immediately eligible to join Spotlight as a TV presenter
      • Gain the skills to perform within the Film, TV, Radio and entertainment industries as a presenter or actor
      • Options provide additional skills in scriptwriting, directing, production management and/or stage management
      • Guest lecturers and workshops from actors and producers high up in the media industry give you insights into the industry

 


This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


Units

  • Exploring Screen Practices (MED003-1) Compulsory
  • Media Theory And Research (MED012-1) Compulsory
  • Performance Journeys From Theory To Practice (MED008-1) Compulsory
  • Performance Techniques For Stage And Screen (MED009-1) Compulsory
  • Drama For The Camera (MED008-2) Compulsory
  • Performance In Context (MED016-2) Compulsory
  • Tv Presenting (MED019-2) Compulsory
  • Performance Management (MED017-2) Optional
  • Radio (MED021-2) Optional
  • Scriptwriting (MED026-2) Optional
  • Special Project In Media Performance For Film Tv & Theatre (MED043-3) Compulsory
  • Varieties Of Performance (MED017-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Performance Management (MED009-3) Optional
  • Directing (MED004-3) Optional
  • Performance Management - Work Based Learning (MED034-3) Optional
  • Radio 24/7 (MED013-3) Optional
  • Script: Writing, Editing And Pitch (MED025-3) Optional

Throughout your course, you will be encouraged to integrate assessment and the feedback from that assessment, be it tutor, peer or self-assessed work to progress and develop your approaches TO and value of your work. Assessment methods vary across the course, enabling you to develop strategies for a range of tasks, methods of evaluation and presentation giving you valuable employability experience: - Practical performance work in small groups asks you to demonstrate knowledge, organize and work with others to acquire problem solving skills. - Essays and other types of written assessments will exercise your skill of communication in writing. - Critical evaluations of your own and others works will exercise your problem solving and time-management skills and should lead to you improving your own learning. Presentations require advanced communication and organizational skills. At all stages you will receive detailed feedback on your work. The importance of relevant, constructive feedback in a written, clearly understood format, which is delivered rapidly enables you to incorporate the elements of reflection in your rolling programme of progressive work throughout your course. This is crucial to your academic and professional development. Individual tutors offer the opportunity to discuss any feedback in more detail, at each level of study. As your skills and subject knowledge expand over the duration of your course, it is expected that you will develop increasingly sophisticated responses to assessment and employ effective methods of peer and self-review.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

Extra entry requirement

  • Audition

Graduates are working in front of the camera, presenting on CBBC, community channels and local news. Others are working on radio shows including on Kiss, Radio 1, internet sports radio, and news programmes. Other graduates have gone on to work as members of production teams at Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, KISS and BBC Local Radio.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

During your course you will need to buy some materials. We estimate that the total spend will be around £60 to £100.

Things you will need to pay for include:

  • Hard disk 1TB
  • SD cards and USB sticks

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student