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Comedy Writing & Performance

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

UCAS Tariff Points 112 to include minimum of 2 A Levels and Grades BBC. General Studies accepted with 2 other A levels

AS Levels are accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

112 UCAS points from a QAA Approved Access Course in a Media / Performance subject

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Subject is accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

Extended Project Qualification is accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or 4 (or above) in English GCSE is required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

To include 5 or 6 (Higher Level) in a relevant subject

112 UCAS Points

Irish Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level is accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate is accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff Points of 112.

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma is accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

112 UCAS Points

112 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

112

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate is accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs

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Attend an interview

Perform an audition

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Creative writing

Are you looking for a Comedy Writing and Performance course where you’re able to make people audience audiences experience joy, laughter or cry with happiness? and have fun? Do you want Are you looking to develop a portfolio of work that combines creativity with industry awareness? Whatever kind of performer or writer you want to be, this course will equip you with the professional training, and will help you build your skills across the wide landscape that the study of Comedy offers. The course also offers you the opportunitiy- you need to take the first step in your dream career within the wider Comedy industry.

As you progress through your studies, you’ll become well-versed in a range of genres, including stand-up, physical comedy, radio drama and satire. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain real-world experience of live performance in a range of venues and circuits, from open mic spots to comedy clubs and festivals. Moreover, you’ll study with a group of like-minded Comedy fans and will work with -lecturers who combine real-world comedy experience with long-standing teaching and learning expertise. The University of Salford is also a centre for Comedy studies in the UK.

What’s more, embarking upon your performance and comedy writing degree means you’ll have access to the creative opportunities the city of Manchester has to offer. You’ll be joining a vibrant community of practising comedy writers and performers, while also getting involved with independent broadcast production companies dedicated to fostering new talent. And at Salford, these opportunities will be available to you long after you complete the course.

If you’re interested in exploring what you might be doing as part of your performance and comedy writing degree, take a look at some of the work our final year students have produced on this course.

**You will:**
- Develop a wide range of skills and techniques in both comedy writing and performance

- Establish your own comedic ‘voice’ through the guidance of leading academic staff and high-profile industry practitioners

- Learn how to create innovative comedy and present it for public performance

- Graduate with a portfolio work that evidences the skills you’ve learnt to potential employers, or for further study

In the most recent National Student Survey, our comedy writing and performance degree received 100% for overall student satisfaction (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).

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Modules

As a Comedy Writing Performance student, you will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical performance projects. Assessment will be through a range of means including essays, presentations, in-class performance presentations and publicly performed theatre projects.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

93%
high
Creative writing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Imaginative writing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,316
low
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
33%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
21%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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