BA (Hons) Drama with Creative Writing

Drama with Creative Writing at Winchester allows you to extend your 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.

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

UCAS code: W4W8

Entry Requirements

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 96-112 points

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 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250*** p/a 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 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 £6,939. Total Cost: £27,750*** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600*** p/a Total Cost: £34,800*** (3 years) For further details click here

Additional Costs:

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

Other Information


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.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

***Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

This programme offers an exploration of dramatic theories and practical approaches in relation to performance, allowing you to develop your creative ideas through practice in industry or community contexts. You enhance your writing skills at your own pace and in your own way, all the while demonstrating how your work relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context.

The Drama elements of the programme 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, you continually develop your critical thinking to inform theatre-making skills and explore the extent to which drama is a tool for social change.

In Year 2, you study more specific modules looking at different genres and extend your practical and critical skills. In Year 3, you look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University such as publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching.

In the Creative Writing modules, you move progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, enhanced by a workshop environment that will form a critical understanding of your own writing and the writing of others.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Theatre Histories
  • Making
  • Critical Viewing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Non-fiction

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Re-writing and Adapting

Optional modules:

  • 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
  • The Short Story
  • Fiction for Children
  • Composing Song Lyrics
  • Creating Short Screenplays
  • Playwriting 1
  • Poetry: Making It New
  • Writing and the Environment
  • Fairy Tale Fictions
  • Myths, Dreams and Creative Writing
  • Horror Fiction
  • Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television
  • Travel Writing

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
  • Creative Vigilance: Fictions and Metafictions
  • Scriptwriting: Innovating within Popular Forms
  • Creative Non-fiction for Children
  • Writing for Display
  • Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Advanced Fictional Writing
  • Creativity: Writing and Teaching
  • Creative Visions
  • 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 at

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Programme Leader

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

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.


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.

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