Our Drama and Creative Writing courses have been combined to offer you the opportunity to study two different subjects at degree level. This combination will enable you to benefit from high quality teaching across two courses and will provide you with greater career options.
Your drama modules will send you on a voyage of both practical and theoretical exploration and discovery within the field of theatre. Our team of practitioner/scholars supplemented by guest artists begin this investigation with the formation of modern drama at the end of the 19th century and journey to the present.
The creative writing modules of your degree will provide you with a firm foundation in the major forms of writing, including short fiction, poetry, scripts and nonfiction writing. You will learn to reflect on your creative processes and will acquire key writer’s disciplines.
Year of entry 2013
Length 3 years full-time
UCAS code(s) WW84
Fees UK and EU full-time students: £9,000 · Non-EU international full-time students: £11,000
Location Crewe Campus, Cheshire
Department Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
'This degree gave me the opportunity to experiment with form, and paved the way for me to complete the prestigious creative writing MA at the University of East Anglia '
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Students regularly go on placement with poets, prose writers, playwrights, arts centres, theatres, newspapers and magazines and into schools on Aim Higher projects.
How does a Combined Honours degree work?
Teaching is organised in units that typically involve lectures, seminars and practical/tutorial work. Most units are assessed by a mixture of coursework and formal examination, although there are a number of units that are assessed by coursework only.
In each year of full-time study, you will take 120 credits, made up of a number of units which are worth 30 credits each.
In Year 1 you will take 60 credits of core units from each of your two subjects.
You will be introduced to the core strands of drama and theatre through a combination of practice-led, studio-based exercises and lecture or seminar activity. You will be introduced to plays, playwrights and practitioners and study the major movements and theories in 20th and 21st century drama.
You will gain a firm foundation in the major forms, which are short fiction, poetry, scripts and non-fiction writing. You will also acquire key writers disciplines such as reading as a writer, keeping journals and notebooks and redrafting.
This unit explores issues central to your transition into H.E. learning, introducing you to contemporary rehearsing and performing text-based drama, and providing a starting point for your progression through the drama programme. A series of workshops, seminars and discussions introduce you to a range of collaborative strategies, inviting you to consider notions of personal development.
The unit introduces you to the study of key movements in modern drama and theatre, considering the inter-relationship between drama, theatre and performance within their historical, cultural and political contexts. It aims to provide you with an introduction to the study of modern drama and theatre, and will establish the critical and analytical tools required for an informed understanding and the interpretation of a range of dramatic and theatrical practices.
This unit is a foundation in reflective practice within the following forms: memoir, short fiction and scriptwriting. You generate, shape and edit your own creative writing and develop workshop skills. The unit will explore syntax, voice, rhythm, structure, autobiographical writing, writer’s block, journal writing, experimental applications of writing, word and image, editing and revision, presentation and publication.
This unit will have a historical inflection to demonstrate how writers have experimented through time, so that students can understand 20th and 21st century works in terms of form, content and practice.You take your bearings from selected topics reflected in a range of contemporary writing. These topics include: class, identity, eco issues, mindful practice, changing face of the city, defining a moment in culture, blending of form and finally fact and fiction.
In Year 2 you can choose the balance of your two subjects:
Equal study 60 credits from each of your subjects
Major/minor study 90 credits from the major subject and 30 credits from the minor subject.
Drama modules will give you the opportunity to study units including acting, workshop presentation, rehearsal strategies, directing and dramaturgy; theatre research within the theatre practices strand, new theatre writing and contemporary theatre practices within theatre research.
Creative writing modules will develop your craft in the major forms including scripting and journalism, and continue to use the key writer's disciplines and reflect in writing about your work.
In your final year you can continue with the equal or major/minor route you have chosen in Year 2 or you can choose from the following options:
If you have chosen equal study in Year 2 you can choose major/minor study in Year 3.
If you have chosen major/minor study in Year 2, in most subject areas you can choose units completely in your major subject in Year 3. This option is called named route study and leads to a single subject degree. See below for a list of available named route degrees.
All final year Combined Honours students must complete a directed project, dissertation or independent study unit. If you take equal study you can choose this unit in any of the two subject areas; if you take major/minor study, you will take this unit as part of your major subject.
Drama modules will let you choose from specialist areas of study: acting, directing and, dramaturgy, and will be given opportunities to embark upon independent study and forge links with the creative industries through encounters with visiting professionals.
A level of competence in your craft and proficiency in reflective writing and they key writer's disciplines, will allow you to specialise to produce portfolios of accomplished and polished work.
As part of our drive to deliver the very highest quality programmes we are reviewing our undergraduate courses to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. Some of the details given here may not yet reflect these improvements and information will be updated as it becomes available.
Continuous assessment through coursework, practical elements, research tasks, seminar presentation and written assignments. No formal examinations.
Students regularly go on to successful careers in film, television and theatre and previous graduates have established careers as actors, dancers, directors, theatre crew, teachers, artistic directors of their own theatre companies and other arts professionals.
Other employment options for graduates previously have included media work and teaching, where their transferable skills are particularly relevant.
There is also the opportunity to engage in further study and professional training, for example some of our graduates go on to study creative writing at postgraduate level in our Manchester Writing School under the creative direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Minimum of 240 UCAS tariff points at A2 or equivalent (such as MMM on BTEC Extended Diploma)
GCSE grade C (or alternative) in English Language.
A relevant Access to HE Diploma with half of the level 3 credits at merit or above will be considered for entry to this course.
You will be required to submit a sample of creative writing after your initial application.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.