Top Marks for Performance for Stage and Screen and Sheffield Hallam University

Our BA (honours) degree in Performance for Stage and Screen at Sheffield Hallam University has scored an impressive 100% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) for the second year running!

This year, the course, which provides undergraduate training in a broad range of acting and performance skills, also scored 100% in the NSS for teaching. These excellent results put the course in the top ten in the University for overall student satisfaction. When you consider that Sheffield Hallam has just been awarded University of the Year for Teaching Quality in the Times and Sunday Times' Good University Guide 2020, it's clear that this is a great time to be joining us. 

Our exciting performer training provision is based in our new studio theatre facilities, the Performance Lab, on Arundel Gate in the city centre. Students study a range of practical and theoretical modules, including Performance for the Stage, International Actor Training, Acting for the Screen, and Broadcast Performance.

"I learnt such a vast pool of skills, tailored by a huge range of practitioners, all of which I have now brought together, cutting and pasting the best bits from every single one to create the method I approach projects with today. It’s something that is continuously evolving… I’m really happy with everything I achieved whilst training at SHU Performance, I feel that I took every opportunity by the horns and I wouldn’t change a thing.” Amy Blake, recent graduate and professional actor.

In recent years, Stage and Screen students have performed at the Venice Biennale, and in Paris and Berlin as part of the major international arts project Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. For two years running our level five students have travelled to Czech Republic for the Prague Fringe Festival. And they’ve been really busy here in Sheffield too. In the Autumn of 2018 students from all years of the degree performed in a brand-new play Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein by the award-winning playwright Hattie Naylor as part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Words. And a group of final year students took part in TREEFXXXERS by the international performance company Doppelgangster in response to the Sheffield street tree controversy.

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“We want to provide young people in Sheffield and the north of England with an alternative to the London universities and drama schools. We passionately believe in the value of the theatre and performance to make change, and we’re working hard to produce graduates who can contribute in a meaningful way to their communities as well as the creative industries here in the north and elsewhere.”– Ashley Barnes, Head of Stage and Screen.

The significant contribution that the course makes to the development of its students – from entry qualifications to final award - is evidenced by its rating as joint 2nd in the UK for ‘value added’ in The Guardian’s university league table for drama and dance 2019. This 'value added' is evidenced by the diverse range of careers that our students enter into upon graduation. Many are working full time as professional actors, other graduates have set up their own film and theatre companies, others have trained as teachers, while some are even working in journalism.

"The course is so broad and varied so what I was doing, it never felt "wrong.” My career path still felt 100% valid, even though I was studying a performance degree. If anything, it made me care more, it made empathise with people in a way that I might not have been able to had I studied something else”.Elizabeth Pennington, recent graduate and journalist.

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For those who want to train as actors and performers this course offers a great option to study in Sheffield and be part of the vibrant theatre and arts scene in the city. This autumn students and graduates are participating in Off the Shelf again with September in the Rain by John Godber and Choke Me by Doppelgangster. Visit the Off the Shelf website for details and show times. 

Performance for Stage and Screen at Sheffield Hallam University is looking forward to meeting its new intake this September. Applications for September 2020 are open! For more information about the course visit https://www.shuperformance.co.uk.

Photograph 1: Level 6 students at the Performance Lab, image by Becky Payne.

Photograph 2: TREEFXXXERS by Doppelgangster, image by Becky Payne.

Photograph 3: Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein by Hattie Naylor, image by Becky Payne.

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