Drama with Creative Writing BA(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Fiction, poetry, screenplays, dramas, scripts, life-writing and non-fiction: we look at lots of creative writing, as well as drama and the performing arts.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

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UCAS Code

W4Q3

Places available (subject to change)

18

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478455

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.

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.

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.

Hayley Hewitt, English Literature and Creative Writing BA(Hons)

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in two relevant subjects, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in two relevant subjects, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English.

  • DDM in Performing Arts or related subject BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and the demonstration of good critical analytical ability
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above including modules in a relevant subject, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in a relevant subject, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English.

Applicants will be invited to attend a Selection Day, at which they will participate in a workshop by way of audition and submit a small creative writing portfolio. Some applicants may also be invited to interview.

You must provide evidence of practical and theoretical interest in drama.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Hear from our students


Flo is studying Drama BA(Hons). She describes her time at the University of Huddersfield as the most incredible years of her life. Watch Flo rehearse in the Drama facilities and hear how performing with a professional theatre company has shaped her future career ambition

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. Assessment takes the form of one or more practical projects and a written report or portfolio.

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. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments.

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. You will have the opportunity to gain insight into how conceptions of character and plot converge and/or diverge over time and explore how social, political, and artistic ideas have affected theatre over time. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments.

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. Questions of character, structure, meaning and dramaturgy can be explored through the challenge of staging the work. Assessment takes the form of the practical project and a written report or portfolio.

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.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

*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


87% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. Drama graduates have gone on to work in the performing arts, in television, touring theatre, and running their own performance companies.

87%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.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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