Drama with Creative Writing BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

UCAS Code

W4Q3

About the course

You have a love of the stage and performing arts, and you also want to explore your own writing. Whether you’re working on a drama or film script, or you’d like to write fiction, non-fiction or poetry, this course combines creative writing with drama to enable you to indulge both interests and develop your writing skills and techniques along the way.

QS World University Subject Rankings 2019 ranked the University of Huddersfield 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your writing across a whole range of creative media, including theatre, film, television and radio as well as fiction and poetry. We’ll also give you the chance to study contemporary approaches to drama. Our links with Slung Low, IOU Productions and Northern Broadsides mean you’ll be able to work alongside internationally known companies. You could also meet and work with practitioners like Professor Sir Patrick Stewart, John Britton, Andrew Morrish and Nicolás Núñez.

On the drama side of the course, we will give you the chance to explore your own creativity to produce intelligent, thoughtful and innovative work. We’ll encourage you to explore approaches to drama, and work with you to fine-tune your skills and help you develop, both practically and intellectually.

In your creative writing modules, you’ll be working with tutors who are all published and performed writers. They’ll encourage you to get writing and give you useful feedback to help you progress. You’ll have the chance to understand what makes great writing, which could be invaluable in your own work, and help you find a career in a number of professions too.

On the course you’ll have the chance to work with a professional theatre company, getting you collaborating with other students and professionals to put on a major performance. The ERASMUS+ exchange scheme also offers an optional short-term opportunity to work abroad and study at one of our partner universities. You’ll join classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time.

Drama, Theatre and Performance have much to contribute to the way in which we understand and create the world we live in. Studying in the Drama Division at the University of Huddersfield will help you to develop both your practical and your critical skills. All of our staff have extensive experience of working in the field of performance in various contexts and work together to provide the best possible learning experience for you. We believe that a thorough understanding of the history, theory and discourse of drama, theatre and performance will enhance your practical and of course provide an integrated mix of both. We also have many contacts with many companies and practitioners who contribute to the course by giving performances, running classes, or providing placement opportunities.

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Nik Taylor, Subject Leader, Drama, Theatre and Performance

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Theatre Practices

You will learn introductory skills in up to three areas of theatre related practical work. You will then select one of these areas to specialise in, completing a project in that area as your major assessment.

Option modules:

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Creative Devising

You’ll have the opportunity to experience a range of workshops in creative and performance practices which are intended to develop your ability to create performance material collaboratively and from a range of starting points other than traditional play scripts.

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1A

What is performance? How do we read performances? What place do performance and theatre have within the broader culture? This module is designed to introduce you to a range of important analytical and theoretical perspectives used in the interpretation of performance. The module aims to help you to be able to critically analyse a variety of theatrical and performance practices, and their relationship to different cultural, economic, historical and political contexts. A weekly workshop/lecture/seminar will introduce you to the theories that will underpin the rest of your studies.

Where appropriate, it may be possible for the option modules above to be substituted by one of the options below:

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1B

This weekly workshop/lecture/seminar introduces you to a range of historical performance practices from the late-Victorian period to the present. The seminars are designed to encourage you to probe and debate the issues raised with reference to texts taken from a range of cultures and periods. Each week you will be asked to examine theatrical play texts and performances in historical context using theories of performance.

Text into Performance

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which a play script can form the basis for a live theatre production through working together as a company to stage a short text. Training in acting, voice, and the physical can be explored through the challenge of staging the work.

Teaching and assessment

20% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops etc. You'll experience practical workshops and performance projects in the three theatre/studio spaces, lectures and seminars, and one-to-one tutorials with specialist staff. Assessment of your work includes essays, research based practical presentations, creative practical working processes, performance, scripts and plays, and a dissertation. You submit work for assessment at intervals throughout the year.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Placements


Each year our first year students work with a professional theatre company which develops a project exclusively with our students for a two-week intensive period at the University, culminating in a performance on the University campus.The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects.

During my second year I applied for a placement at Heritage Quay within the University. I undertook a six-week placement in the archiving section, which I greatly enjoyed whilst learning about a whole new field and learning new IT and cataloguing skills.

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Hayley Hewitt, English Literature and Creative Writing BA(Hons) completed placement at Heritage Quay

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Your Career


Drama graduates have gone on to work in the performing arts, award-winning films, in television, touring theatre, and running their own performance companies. English Literature graduates have gone on to work in teaching , PR, social media, script writing and law. Some students have chosen postgraduate study or additional vocational training in specialist areas, whilst a significant number successfully gain teaching qualifications and enter the teaching profession.

A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Lawrence Batley Theatre, BBC 6 Music, Royal National Theatre and Point Blanc Theatre Company.**

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**Source: LinkedIn.

90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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