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Do you dream of treading the boards or starring on the big screen? With a wide range of facilities, unique teaching methods and support from staff with West End experience, Southampton Solent’s performance degree will help give you the experience and confidence you need to enjoy a career in the spotlight.

  • Students have access to impressive facilities including a wide range of digital cameras and recording equipment, multi-camera studios, radio booths, and a 200-seater flexible performance space.
  • Students are encouraged to get involved with Solent TV, the University’s student-run online TV station that regularly films dramas.
  • Students will learn a diverse range of skills, including acting, singing and dance, and will be taught how to apply these skills to screen and stage.
  • Southampton Solent University was recently voted as one of the top creative universities in the UK (Which? University, 2014).
  • The experienced academic team aims to bring a dynamic programme to performance students, giving them opportunities to learn the latest acting techniques. In previous years, students have enjoyed optional units to work in creative arts in education, enabling them to practice their performance skills to benefit communities. 
  • Students are able to choose optional units including creative arts in education, song & dance and directing performers, to broaden knowledge and skills in their chosen area of specialisation. 
  • Southampton is a diverse and cultural city which has seen recent significant investment into its arts provision, including a ‘cultural quarter’ close to the main campus. This can provide opportunities for students to get involved with creative projects in the community.

The industry

The world of performing arts is exciting and competitive. The broad nature of this degree aims to leave students well equipped to pursue a wide range of professional roles within the industry, such as stage and screen acting (including presenting, advertising and promotional work), arts marketing, creative arts teaching, arts management, youth and community theatre, writing and direction. 

The programme

This dynamic course integrates theoretical and critical analysis of performance with opportunities to gain practical experience for both stage and screen. Alongside creative practice, students are able to build essential skills such as audition and interview techniques.

The University strives to bring innovative and engaging teaching methods to students, and the course leader for the performing degree at Solent recently qualified as a Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM) instructor – one of the first two UK certified instructors to qualify, meaning Solent is the only institution outside of London that can offer this new technique. Created by Stephan Perdekamp, this revolutionary system uses biological impulses and systems to access emotions without the need for actors to recall memories.

To complement their degree studies, students are encouraged to gain hands-on industry experience and past students have devised their own productions, as well as producing and marketing the shows, allowing them to build transferable skills in business and promotion.

Solent’s collaborative culture encourages students to work with television and film production students to work on recorded and live performance projects, including working with Solent TV, the University’s student-run online TV station. 

Students also have access to Solent’s industry-standard facilities and equipment, including a flexible multi-purpose performance space, multi-camera studios, photography and recording studios, and production and video editing software.

Southampton Solent University was voted by students as one of the top creative universities in the UK in the Which? University Student Survey in 2013 and 2014. 

Next steps

Do you want to take your acting career to the next level? Solent University’s performance degree will provide you with a variety of stimulating opportunities to learn the latest methods in acting, singing and dance, leaving you equipped for an exciting career in theatre, film or television.

Have you got a question about applying?


Don't just take our word for it...

Thomas Jancis
Neil Gibbs
"Our tutors were supportive and yet encouraged us to stand on our own two feet."
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"The theory side of the course underpinned the practical aspects that we were learning and allowed us to experiment with different approaches to performing."
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Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Which Creative University Award 2014



Year one:


Core units

  • Performance from Ritual to Spectacle
  • Performance in the Age of Media
  • Approaches to Stage and Screen Acting
  • Core Skills: Body and Voice
  • The Self and Text
  • Screen Practice and Performance

Year two:


Core units

  • Global Contexts for Stage Performance
  • Global Contexts for Screen Performance
  • Stage and Screen Productions 1
  • Stage and Screen Productions 2
  • Professional Performance Skills: Live Brief


  • Song and Dance
  • Community Performance
  • Creative Arts in Education
  • Directing Performers, Performing with Directors
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:


Core units

  • Contemporary Performance: Live Brief
  • Creative Industries Research Project
  • Careers in the Creative Industries

Plus one option from

  • Major Stage Project
  • Major Television Project


  • Creative Arts in Education
  • Directing Performers, Performing with Directors
  • Song and Dance
  • Community Performance
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

A combination of academic study, exploration of creative practice and real-world experience to maximise your professional potential.

Work experience
You’ll have many opportunities to build professional experience, whether appearing in student short films, working as studio presenters on live shows or working on external projects in the community.

Previous students have carried out various projects, including scripting and producing live shows for two summer seasons at Marwell Zoo or running drama workshops and productions at an inner city primary school. They have also done role-play for management training for local companies, and worked with local professional theatres.

Other performance projects have included work for Skandia Life, Hampshire Constabulary and Creative Partnerships.

The course has a strong focus on practical assignments, including performances (live and recorded) and presentations. There are also written assignments, including essays and journals

Our facilities

As well as a variety of rehearsal and practice spaces, you will have access to our 200-seat flexi-form space, which can be used for live performances or as another high-definition (HD) multi-camera studio space also with green screen technology.

Additionally, there are photography studios, eight professional standard radio recording studios and computer suites, which carry the latest industry-standard production software.

You’ll also be able to borrow cameras and other equipment, including HD camcorders, professional sound and lighting equipment, and professional video-editing software, and you’ll be trained in its use as part of your screen performance studies.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme may give you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.
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If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study performance units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment (myCourse) provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

For the screen acting component, exercises can be recorded and uploaded onto myCourse for feedback from our specialist tutors.

Meet the Team

Taught by academics and dynamic practitioners with extensive national and international industry experience.

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Performing arts is an exciting and competitive industry, and the broad nature of this degree course ensures that you’ll be well equipped for a wide range of professional roles. These include stage and screen acting (including presenting, advertising and promotional work), arts marketing, creative arts teaching, arts management, youth and community theatre, writing and directing.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Performance
  • Teaching
  • Arts administration
  • Public relations
  • The public sector.

Links with industry

The course team has excellent links with professionals from a broad cross-section of the industry.

Transferable skills

Writing, creative thinking, problem-solving, presentation, research and self-evaluation.

Further study

MA Film Production

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to a range of career pathways including professional stage and screen acting; singing and burlesque performance; cabaret performance at holiday resorts and on cruise ships; dance and movement for music videos; arts administration; and performance teaching in a wide range of educational contexts.  


Key facts


Location of study:

Study mode:

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • UK applicants are required to attend an audition.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send electronic auditions.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

Audition requirements

Before attending your audition, please read the following: Audition information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Other costs

Optional UK study trip in year one: £385
Optional European study trip in year two: £715
Optional USA study trip in year three: £1,100

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


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