Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Acting and Performance

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Course summary

TEF Silver

Sheffield Hallam University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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  • Develop your skills as an actor and performer
  • Create digital materials to showcase your work
  • Research, plan and execute a wide range of performances at a professional level
  • Use performance to engage with communities and challenge real-world issues.
You’ll be immersed in the creative process of making and presenting theatre and performance in a range of styles and across a range of platforms (such as stage, screen, audio and digital/new media). You will develop your acting skills and contribute to our own festival, The Change Makers Festival. How you learn On this practical course, you’ll take part in interactive lectures, seminars and workshops and have the opportunity to work with industry partners on live projects.At the end of your second year, you’ll travel abroad to see performances made and presented in a different context. You learn through
  • practical workshops
  • working in an ensemble
  • going to see performances
  • independent study
  • undertaking real-life projects for external clients
  • lectures and seminars
**Applied learning Work placements** In your second year, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own enterprise idea. You’ll work both independently and in groups, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs. Live projects We work with a range of local organisations (theatres, film makers, theatre companies and arts organisations) on live briefs, with staff often producing work for local festivals. You’ll be invited to participate in these projects, giving you the chance to work alongside industry professionals. Field trips We are ideally located close to Sheffield Theatres and regularly see performances there. You’ll also travel to see work in other cities in the north and nationwide. In your second year you’ll be able to go abroad to experience –and sometimes participate in – an international theatre festival. For this trip, we pay for the flights, accommodation and event tickets and ask students to pay for their own food and drink. Networking opportunities We have excellent links to local actors, companies and venues, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet and talk to people from the industry.

Course details


Year 1 Compulsory modules Acting Ensemble 40 Media For Acting And Performance 40 Performance Commission 40 Year 2 Compulsory modules Acting With Texts 40 Bodies, Space, Performance 40 Ideas Into Action 40 Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year - Final year Compulsory modules Change Makers' Festival 60 Elective modules Advanced Acting Techniques 20 Drama In Education & The Community 20 Making Comedy 20 Performance Lab 20

Assessment method

Coursework Practical

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice. Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or above at the point of enrolment.

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Additional entry requirements


The evidence you provide in your personal statement and reference will influence whether you are shortlisted, so please take the time to plan and complete your application form. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a piece of work as part of the selection process. Please visit the course page on our website for further details on selection process. The additional information you may be asked to provide will be in the form of a creative submission. You will be asked to submit one of the following pieces for us to assess: •A monologue - this should be recorded on your mobile phone or camera and should last roughly 2-3 minutes. This is often referred to as a self-tape – additional guidance will be sent to you via email if you are invited to take part in the selection process. •OR A review of a film or performance. This should be one side of A4 or can be done via a podcast •OR Some ideas for a show you would like to put on or appear in. If you are made an offer, you will be invited to a Course Open Day. At Course Open Days there will be the opportunity for you to come along to an open workshop to hear more about the course, meet some of the staff and, if you wish, you can perform for us. If we like what we see, we may be able to give you a lower offer.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13995 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £13995 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Acting and Performance at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS