School of Performing and Digital Arts


In the year ahead, the School of Performing and Digital Arts (Departments of Music, Media Arts, and Drama, Theatre and Dance) will be offering a combination of online and in-person teaching. In order to support student achievement in specialist learning outcomes, we are prioritising practical modules in our music venues, theatres, TV studios, rehearsal studios, and PC labs and we are looking to our industries for inspiration/guidance on working practically this coming year. With anticipated social distancing regulations, many of our lectures and film screenings will be transitioning to online, or partially online, synchronous activities. Your lecturer will be present online during these activities to answer questions or provide further detail. Students who cannot be on-campus will have flexible options, such as live-streamed master classes or remote-access to PC labs.

Musical performance activities, whether instrumental and vocal lessons, use of rehearsal space, or in ensemble (both staff- and student-led) will proceed both in person and online. We will ensure that all activities adhere to government and university guidelines, while continuing to foster as much learning, community, and fun as possible. Welcome Week activities, including watch and listening parties, orchestral section meet ups, chamber music speed dating, and much more will give you a taste of the year to come.

Students in the Drama, Theatre and Dance Department will continue to produce experimental, engaging and challenging forms of performance in line with professional industry standards. We are aiming for a blend of online and in-person teaching and we have prioritised performance-based and practical classes to take place on campus. Adhering to all government and university guidelines, our creative work will continue to move between 'live' performance, site-specific theatre, intermedial production, and online innovation. The Student Workshop will have its standard performance season with three productions per term.

The Department of Media Arts will be delivering its wide-ranging, acclaimed theoretical and practical curriculum using a blend of in-person and online teaching. Lab-based and hands-on production modules as well as theory seminars will principally be taught in-person on campus, with all due regard for social distancing and other measures to ensure the safety of students and staff in line with government, university and media industry standards. Students who are unable to attend in-person classes will be able to participate remotely and our e-learning environment Moodle will ensure that everyone is fully included in all aspects of our creative and critical community.

Changes to assessments

In response to the coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic there will be changes in how modules are assessed and when assessments occur, to make your courses more resilient and also to support your learning.

Please check the Module Catalogue which will tell you how you will be assessed this year.

2021/22 course information

The boxes below will be updated with content for the 2021/22 academic year shortly. 

School Office contact information

Helpdesk Opening Hours: 10am- 4pm Mon-Fri (term-time)

We can also support with queries online:

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