Loader
Course Image

BA in Creative Writing and Drama and Theatre Studies (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Creative Writing

Course Description

If you are interested in enhancing, broadening, and developing your voice and, if you want to explore, discover and immerse yourself in the words that have shaped our world through the medium of literature and media platforms, then a degree in Creative Writing and Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University is for you. Our cross-disciplinary degree will introduce you to an ever-expanding industry, providing you with a promising and advantageous start after graduation. Learn the craft of writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and more. 

  • We are ranked top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017).
  • Our degree offers a broad curriculum that crosses the traditional boundaries of genre, form, and function.
  • Benefit from our connections with the Royal Shakespeare company, National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine, Imitating the Dog and the Magdalena Project.
  • You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, industry experts, and published authors from every field.
  • Become a student in a flourishing creative scene with a long and successful history as the spring for aspiring new talent.
  • Work experience opportunities with the largest television production companies in Wales, Boomerang +PLC, Theatr Arad Coch.
  • Explore connections between creative and critical thinking and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought.
  • Benefit from our unique collaborative relationship with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This on-campus facility is an excellent resource for staff and students alike.
  • Benefit from unlimited access to the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries).

If you are interested in enhancing, broadening, and developing your voice and, if you want to explore, discover and immerse yourself in the words that have shaped our world through the medium of literature and media platforms, then a degree in Creative Writing and Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University is for you. Our cross-disciplinary degree will introduce you to an...

Read More

Course Content

In the first year you will discover:

  • The study of Theatre
  • Key Historical moments, practices and methods
  • And develop your practical skills in all stages of media production process
  • A range of techniques for reading and writing fiction and poetry;
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • “The critical commentary” and research skills for writers.

In the second year you will explore:

  • Contemporary Theatre- making
  • European Theatre
  • Shakespeare and contemporary performance
  • New media performance and performance writing
  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • Your own writing style, informed by your reading and research;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era), or theme (such as “transpositions”).

In the third year you will master:

  • Theatre, Gender and Sexuality
  • Script writing
  • Narrative fiction
  • Theory for writers and the application of theoretical perspectives the production and critical evaluation of your own creative work;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year writing project (chosen and defined by you with the support of a published author);
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by writers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, queer fiction, writing for children, science fiction and fantasy, and much more.

In the first year you will discover: The study of Theatre Key Historical moments, practices and methods And develop your practical skills in all stages of media production process A range of techniques for reading and writing fiction and poetry; Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the...

Read More

 

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in an English related subject

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5...

Read More

Assessment Methods

We assess our students through portfolio submissions, essays and, on some modules, traditional examinations and presentations.

We assess our students through portfolio submissions, essays and, on some modules, traditional examinations and presentations.