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Performance for Screen BA(Hons)

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

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Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

19 September 2022


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. We're ranked 8th in the UK for 'Performing Arts' (QS World University Subject Rankings 2021).
  2. You'll be supported in building a strong portfolio of skills; performing in front of the camera and live theatrical situations will prepare you for your future career.
  3. Like many past graduates, you could go on to work in film, TV or performing arts, contributing to screen-based creation.

We believe that the best screen actors are trained in theatre. This is a unique course that combines focused screen acting skills with a foundation in performance making and collective creation. The course offers a focused pathway of training in performance for screen, with options to explore further across Drama, Media, English, and Music. You will study both established and emerging approaches to filmmaking and have numerous opportunities to perform in front of the camera, as well as in live theatrical situations. By the end of the course, you will be comfortable working in a variety of live and multimedia performance situations; be familiar with the basics of screen-based production from the perspectives of director and videographer as well as actor/performer; and have substantial experience working both independently and collaboratively in diverse approaches to performing and screen arts.

Why study Performance for Screen at Huddersfield?

  • QS World University Subject Rankings 2021 ranked the University of Huddersfield 8th in the UK for 'Performing Arts'.
  • State-of-the-art facilities including three adaptable studios with sprung floors and state of the art multimedia projection equipment.
  • 95% of graduates from this subject are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).
  • The chance to work on both staff-directed theatrical performances and a collaboratively produced film or television productions.
  • The opportunity to develop relevant and transferable skills and knowledge to work in many different areas and roles of live performance and screen arts.

Course detail

Core Modules

Text into Performance

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which a play script can form the basis for a live theatre production through working together as a company to stage a short text. Training in acting, voice, and the physical can be explored through the challenge of staging the work.

Dynamics of Performance for Screen

This module introduces you to the dynamics of performance for screen, with an emphasis on exploring the relationship between the performer and the camera. You will engage in multiple “video labs” using different types of production setup, ranging from established to experimental, and with recording equipment ranging from mobile phones and action cameras to high quality digital video cameras. You will undertake simple but significant video editing tasks that introduce them to the construction of meaning in screen-based works and the complex relationship between embodied performance and final product. Finally, you will read relevant critical texts and create a portfolio of reflections that analyze the relationship between performance and screen in the short works they have created.

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1A

What is performance? How do we read performances? What place do performance and theatre have within the broader culture? This module is designed to introduce you to a range of important analytical and theoretical perspectives used in the interpretation of performance. The module aims to help you to be able to critically analyse a variety of theatrical and performance practices, and their relationship to different cultural, economic, historical and political contexts. A weekly workshop/lecture/seminar will introduce you to the theories that will underpin the rest of your studies.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1B

This weekly workshop/lecture/seminar introduces you to a range of historical performance practices from the late-Victorian period to the present. The seminars are designed to encourage you to probe and debate the issues raised with reference to texts taken from a range of cultures and periods. Each week you will be asked to examine theatrical play texts and performances in historical context using theories of performance.


Whether the emphasis is on journalism, film, music, TV, broadcast sports, video games, online streaming, or another media form, the production of creative content always takes place in the context of specific industrial and organisational structures. This module provides you with an introduction to the key theories, concepts and methods needed to understand those structures, their impact on the professionals and organisations working within them, and the ways in which they shape the media landscape. The module places particular emphasis on political economic approaches to the media and production studies, but attention will also be given to theories of creativity, branding, and industrial conceptions of their audiences.Your seminars and workshops explore in particular media entertainment industries.

Writing and Thinking Creatively

This module aims to clarify the principles of good writing and to encourage you to reflect upon and improve you own abilities. It will also cover a variety of related academic skills. Topics covered in the module include: phrasing for clear meaning; building sentences that work; selecting an appropriate tone and register; structuring paragraphs logically; developing your style; organising ideas; planning a first draft; revising and editing; proofreading.

Introduction to Screenwriting

On this module, you will be introduced to the basic skills and fundamental principles of screenwriting. You will undertake a survey of key forms and genres of writing for the screen. You will learn the conventions of the screenplay format, as well as the fundamental techniques and devices used in screenwriting. You will also gain experience using industry-standard software for producing scripts. Through a combination of tutor-led workshops and independent study you will write an original screenplays for a short film, and will begin the process of critical reflection on your growth and development as a screenwriter.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2022 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2023, please view the 2023-24 course information.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, you will also need:

You will be invited to attend a Selection Day, at which you will participate in a workshop by way of audition. You may also be invited to interview.


Each year our first year students work with a professional theatre company which develops a project exclusively with our students for a two-week intensive period at the University, culminating in a performance on the University campus. The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects.

Throughout the course I gained a lot of experience working with professional theatre companies. I developed many essential skills and gained insight into how real companies create and develop work. This has had a lasting impact into how I work and create theatre today.


Kathryn Blackburn, Drama BA(Hons) completed placement at Third Year Festival


Your Career

Our Drama graduates have gone on to work in the performing arts, award-winning films, television, touring theatre, teaching and running their own performance companies.

A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Lawrence Batley Theatre, BBC 6 Music, Royal National Theatre and Point Blanc Theatre Company.**

We expect Performance for Screen graduates to follow similar trajectories, contributing to screen-based creation across film, television, live performance and new media. Some will also go on to postgraduate study or additional vocational training in specialist areas, or gain teaching qualifications and enter the teaching profession. 

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK domiciled graduates).

**Source: LinkedIn.

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by, publications and performances.

Over the past seven years, Drama, Theatre and Performance (DTP) at Huddersfield has gradually developed its research culture, attracting a range of internal and external funding for research projects and developing international contacts. DTP at Huddersfield is home to three peer-reviewed Open-Access academic journals: The Journal of Embodied Research(JER), Performance Magic, and Performance and Mindfulness and staff regularly contribute to a number of other journals including Theatre, Dance and Performance Training as well as various edited collections.These research outputs are firmly rooted in various the performance practices of the team which include, but aren’t restricted to,performance magic, psychophysical performance training, disability and performance, and performing aging, Over the past three years our staff and students have presented performances, workshops, and papers in the UK, Chile, Poland, Canada, USA, Panama, Mexico, Brazil, China, Malta, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Australia, Republic of Ireland.

For more information, please refer to our research pages.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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