Facilities and expertise in Media, Performance and Communication


Our Media, Performance and Communication degrees are practically led, so you’ll connect with professional standard equipment and get hands-on from day one of your studies.

We continually invest in the latest equipment and specialist technology to enable you to gain the technical skills you need to create the next showstopper, bestseller, blockbuster and storytelling masterpiece. This includes our £11.5m Cadman Studios, which features live studios and control rooms, motion capture studios, Mac labs and HDTV centre. There’s also our broadcast newsroom and fully-equipped radio studio, as well as our drama studios and performance centre, housing a professional lighting rig, green room, props workshop and costume store.


NEW Facility for 2023 - Virtual Production Suite

Our new Virtual Production Suite combines the latest digital innovations in VFX, CGI and gaming technology with traditional film and video production techniques. Large LED panels 'project' realistic, accurately tracked, digitally animated landscapes into a live production environment where they interact with the live-action and camera movements in real-time to blend physical and digital worlds seamlessly together.

The facilities are what originally drew me to the course. I've completed the majority of my coursework in the Mac Labs, I've used the TV studio to film various projects, including music videos for external clients and I’ve also been able to book out a wide variety of camera equipment, such as different lenses and the Sony FS5.

Amelia Jones

Film and Media


MoJo Kits

Our MoJo kits work with smartphones to allow our students to report 'on the go'. This encourages students to consider how they can compile and tell a story in a fast paced, continually moving environment.  


As well as access to the latest facilities, you’ll learn from highly qualified staff with active and prominent roles in both industry and research. Alongside industry guest speakers, they’ll bring your learning to life with the latest knowledge, research, skills and technologies, as well as network connections - valuable insights that you need to get an edge over the competition when you graduate.

Our staff

Dr Robert Marsden

Head Of Department- Media And Perf

Dr Robert Marsden is Head of Department for Media, Performance and Communication and a professional theatre director. He has also published on directing, pantomime and rehearsal studies and teaches across drama, film and English/Creative Writing.

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Stephen Griffiths

Course Director

Stephen's teaching centres on broadcast programme histories and media performance, especially acting on television. His research interests include broadcast light entertainment and comedy, television drama, and children's programming.

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Dr Mark Brown

Course Director

As well as being Course Leader for English and Creative Writing, Mark teaches on First Year core modules and American literature modules on Crime Fiction, the Contemporary, Modernism and Beat Writing. He also supervises MA and PhD students.

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Dr Dave Payling

Associate Professor

Dave is an audio-visual artist who holds a PhD in composition. His sonification composition, Listen (Awakening) was performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2004. He is section editor for Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture.

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The amount of editing suites is amazing!

The amount of equipment and facilities that were here were what attracted me to my course. A really impressive industry camera that I never thought I'd ever get the chance to use, was one of the first cameras we were trained on. The amount of editing suites is amazing! The camera and filming equipment is really impressive.

Chloe Bray

Film and Media

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in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021