BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Drama

Creative Writing and Drama at Winchester allows students to extend their understanding of how to create texts while further considering how those skills might form part of a performance process leading to a variety of interdisciplinary outcomes or productions. 

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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Drama at University of Winchester

UCAS code: WW48

Entry Requirements

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 96-112

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

25 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) 

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) 

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

 

Additional costs:

Optional 

  • Core texts: Copies of core texts are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however often students wish to purchase some books for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Cost £160 per academic year. 
  • Field trip: In students second year of study, there may be a field trip dependending on module choices. Cost £20. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Location 

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World 

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

This practice-based course offers workshops designed to encourage students to evolve as writers in new and individual ways and approaches writing in relation to wider literary and cultural contexts. Drama compliments this by exploring theories and practical approaches in relation to performance which allow students to develop their creative ideas through practice in industry or community contexts.

The Drama elements have a contemporary focus but review the histories and traditions of theatre and performance, and interrogate what is meant by these in the twenty-first century. Throughout the programme, students continually develop their critical thinking to inform theatre-making skills and explore the extent to which drama is a tool for social change.

In Year 1, students gain insights into the history of drama, the context in which dramatic production has taken place, how to make theatre, the political underpinning of texts and practices, and the ways in which texts and performances are viewed and interpreted.

In Year 2, students study more specific modules looking at different genres and extend their practical and critical skills.  

In Year 3, students look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University such as publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching.

Year 1 

Core modules:

  • Fictional Writing
  • Poetry Now!
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Theatre Histories
  • Making

Year 2 

Core modules:

  • Re-writing and Adapting

Optional modules:

  • The Short Story
  • Fiction for Children
  • Composing Song Lyrics
  • Creating Short Screenplays
  • Playwriting  1
  • Poetry: Making It New
  • Author Study
  • Writing and the Environment
  • Fairy Tale Fictions
  • Creative Writing Project
  • Fiction for Children 1: in the Beginning
  • Fiction for Children 2: From Middle to End
  • Creativity and the Imagination
  • Myths, Dreams and Creative Writing
  • Horror Fiction
  • Professional Placement Module
  • Writing  and Ethnicity: Special Study
  • Copywriting
  • Report and Policy Writing
  • Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television
  • Travel Writing
  • Life Writing and Biography
  • Telling True Stories
  • Media Writing
  • Speechwriting
  • Volunteering
  • C20th Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities
  • Shakespeare and Ideology
  • Production Project
  • Popular Performance
  • Theatre and Cultural Difference
  • Controversy and Censorship
  • Theatre  as Cultural Action
  • Theatre-in-Education and Drama-in- Education
  • Digital Performance
  • Puppetry and Object Manipulation
  • Physical Theatres
  • Open Project
  • Musical Theatre in the UK and USA
  • Immersive Performance
  • Contemporary Cultural Heritage
  • Transcultural Practices
  • Role of the Actor - Intermediate
  • Role of the Actor  - Advanced
  • Writing for Performance
  • Performance Criticism

Year 3 

Core modules:

  • Extended Independent Project 

Optional modules:

  • Group Project
  • Group Project: Theatre  as Cultural Action
  • Performance Now: Debates and Discourses
  • Performance Now: Advanced Research Practice
  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Production
  • Body Parts
  • Theatre Stories
  • Women, Autobiography and Performance
  • British Theatre 1945-2015
  • Volunteering
  • Creative Voice III
  • Playwriting 2
  • Creative Vigilance: Fictions and Metafictions
  • Non-Realist Writing
  • Scriptwriting: Innovating within Popular Forms
  • Creative Non-fiction for Children
  • Special Study
  • Writing for Display
  • Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
  • E-Writing
  • Script to Film
  • Page to Stage
  • Academic Writing
  • Poetry Project
  • Writing for Publication
  • Advanced Fictional Writing
  • Film Script Development
  • Creativity: Writing and Teaching
  • Creative Visions
  • Experimental Writing
  • Adapting Crime Fictions
  • The Writers'  Retreat
  • Creating an Author Collective
  • Business Storytelling
  • Writing-History-Fiction
  • Science Fictions and Fantasies
  • Writing for Radio

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions atwww.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Teaching team

  • Glenn Fosbraey, Programme Leader BA Creative Writing/Creative & Professional Writing 
  • Stephen Hall, Programme Leader - Drama, Creative Industries

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 56 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 44 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 82 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 18 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 85 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 15 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

 

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates develop performance and/or playwriting careers, become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing or teaching. 

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Email: course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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