View content
Jump to:


  • Develop your creativity in both drama and writing and explore how your texts might impact performance in the theatrical industry
  • Move progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, enhanced by a workshop environment
  • Choose from an extensive range of optional modules which enable you to follow your interests and career aspirations
  • Benefit from our excellent working partnerships with local venues, festivals and theatre companies
  • Drama and Creative Writing at Winchester both achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

Would you like to explore your own creative world through performance and writing, and bring your characters striding confidently from the page to the footlights? If that’s a resounding ‘Yes!’ then our Drama with Creative Writing degree offers you the chance to do just that, in a rich combination of critical theory and practical workshops.

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.

The Drama elements of the programme have a contemporary focus but you review the histories and traditions of theatre and performance and question what is meant by these in the 21st-century. You are encouraged to think critically to inform theatre-making skills and explore the extent to which drama is a tool for social change.

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

In Year 1, you investigate the history of drama, the context in which dramatic production has taken place, the practical aspects of theatre-making, the intriguing political underpinning of texts and practices, and the ways in which texts and performances are viewed and interpreted.

You extend your practical and critical skills in Year 2, and construct your own creative experience from a wide range of programme specific modules, including C20th Ghosts, Puppetry and Object Manipulation and Immersive Performance.

Year 3 provides you with the opportunity to look at the relationships between writing and other spheres including publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching. Innovative optional modules include Creative Entrepreneurship and Production, and Theatre Stories or group-focused courses where you can experience the buzz of working alongside like-minded others in collaborative drama and writing projects. You also explore an area of your own interest in-depth, in an extended independent project.

You gain fantastic transferable skills, such as presentation delivery, confidence, communication, teamwork, intellectual analysis, critical thinking and articulate expression. These abilities are valued in a variety of employment contexts including the theatre, the creative industries and education.

Our graduates go on to performance and playwriting careers, become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing or teaching.


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

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and Teaching

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: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours
Placement: 12 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


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


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)*:

52% coursework
9% written exams
39% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

76% coursework
0% written exams
24% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

88% coursework
0% written exams
12% practical exams

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


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.

Further information

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




2018 Entry: 96-112 points

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

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 Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information aBout this programme can send an email to or call +44 (0) 1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Creative Non-Fiction 15

This module is designed to enable students to work with non-fictional writings, and to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form. The module is also intended to develop students’ creative and critical skills in tandem, understanding how to read and interpret writing as much as to produce it. As such students will be introduced to a varied range of approaches to non-fictional forms. Most work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent pieces of non-fiction.

Scriptwriting 15

In this module, students will be introduced to the conventions, forms and techniques of scriptwriting. Students will develop their narrative skills, with particular focus on the deconstruction of story in the language of script narrative, story development, and analysis of story in relation to authorial and cultural contexts. Students will develop skills in the communication of script narrative though ‘pitch presentations’, and will practise the writing of outlines and script on the page. The module will concentrate on fiction (as opposed to documentary) and will utilise lectures, workshops, seminars and screenings.

Critical Viewing 30

This module offers a study of drama and performance from different media and different traditions of theatre, performance and film-making work. Students will develop a critical vocabulary which will enable them to offer informed interpretations of both live performances and recorded media, primarily film and TV. Through acquisition of analytical skills and an introduction to aspects of relevant critical theory, students will recognise the way in which philosophy, history and ideology have influenced the development of theatrical and certain cinematic forms and conventions and develop an awareness of the way in which fluidity of context can influence text and subtext.

Making 30

This module takes students on a year-long journey that introduces them to the process of making Performance in the current artistic environment. Building on understandings of performance creation and composition developed at pre-University level, students will be guided, largely through practical workshops accompanied by appropriate critical and practitioner readings, through exercises and formative tasks in inventing new work that take them into the realm of the unknown and that help them expand their capacity to create unique and original creative material for their academic age and experience. This module is a university-level primer in creative and compositional technique for the ensemble group and will engage students in a range of strategies for making work, and will require extensive in-class showings and critical feedback sessions in preparation for the assessment.

Theatre Histories 30

This year-long module invites students to consider the contexts in which theatre is made today and has been made in the past.

A number of texts will be explored in different contexts exploring different historical moments. The issue of the ephemerality of performance will be considered as textual and contextual materials and evidence are analysed. The key focus will be uncovering and understanding the complexity of the relationship between texts and contexts.

The module will introduce debates in theatre historiography and offer methodologies for investigating theatre and its histories. A range of texts from different moments in theatre history and will be explored with the emphasis on performance in Britain. This module will encompass a breadth of theatre history whilst allowing for detailed case study work.

There are two assessment points connected to this module:

  • An essay building from seminar presentation work;
  • An practical performance

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Rewriting & Adapting 15

This module will introduce students to a variety of texts that all broadly fall within the same genre category. They will examine these texts in order to understand both the main genre they belong to and the genre features of the texts themselves. Students will then consider the various ways in which writers can rewrite/adapt/extend/echo texts of the past, at a theoretical level, before embarking on their own process of adapting or rewriting one of the focus texts within the context of a specified genre. This could mean that they change the form of the piece, extent or play with its genre features, or else change its genre entirely in an attempt to focus on or privilege a particular element of the original text that they decide merits attention. Thus practical creative writing will be informed by (for example) discussions as to the boundaries of genre and historical era, about the motivations for adaptation and rewriting, and of the cultural relevance and longevity of certain genres, such as Gothic, Romance, or Crime.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Twentieth Century Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities 30 Credits
Shakespeare & Ideology 30 Credits
Production Project 30 Credits
Popular Performance 30 Credits
Theatre and Cultural Difference 30 Credits
Controversy and Censorship 30 Credits
Theatre as Cultural Action 30 Credits
Theatre-in-Education and Drama-in-Education 30 Credits
Puppetry and Object Manipulation 30 Credits
Physical Theatres 30 Credits
Open Project 30 Credits
Musical Theatre in the U.K. and U.S.A 30 Credits
Immersive Performance 30 Credits
Contemporary Cultural Heritage 30 Credits
Transcultural Practices 30 Credits
Role of the Actor - Intermediate 15 Credits
Role of the Actor – Advanced 15 Credits
Writing for Performance 15 Credits
Performance Criticism 15 Credits
The Short Story 15 Credits
Fiction for Children 15 Credits
Composing Song Lyrics 15 Credits
Creating Short Screenplays 15 Credits
Playwriting 1 15 Credits
Poetry: Making it New 15 Credits
Writing & the Environment 15 Credits
Fairy Tale Fictions 15 Credits
Myths, Dreams & Creative Writing 15 Credits
Horror Fiction 15 Credits
Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television 15 Credits
Travel Writing 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Extended Independent Project 30

This double module is intended to provide students with the opportunity to plan and implement an individual piece of research. Students will be required to submit a research proposal for consideration before moving to supervised learning. The outcomes of this individual research project will be a written document of either 10,000 words, or 5,000 words written document and a documented PAR (Practice as Research) component to be presented in edited format on DVD, length and content to be negotiated on a project by project basis.

In making proposals for the Extended Independent Project students will be required to demonstrate:

a) A clear rationale for the proposal
b) An understanding of the context
c) An ability to formulate relevant key questions
d) Ability to identify appropriate research methodologies
e) Emerging primary and secondary sources

Students will make their initial proposals during Semester 4. Individual supervisors will be assigned in Semester 5 and an appropriately developed research proposal will be required by supervisors in the first half of semester 5. Classes to support EIP work will be offered over the course of the module.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Group Project 30 Credits
Project: Theatre as Cultural Action 30 Credits
Performance Now: Debates and Discourses 15 Credits
Performance Now: Advanced Research Practice 15 Credits
Creative Entrepreneurship and Production 15 Credits
Body Parts 15 Credits
Theatre Stories 15 Credits
Women, Autobiography and Performance 15 Credits
British Theatre 1945-2015 15 Credits
Creative Vigilance: fictions & metafictions 15 Credits
Scriptwriting: innovating within popular forms 15 Credits
Creative Non-fiction for Children 15 Credits
Writing for Display 15 Credits
Writing Comics & Graphic Novels 15 Credits
Advanced Fictional Writing 15 Credits
Creativity: writing & teaching 15 Credits
Creative Visions 15 Credits
Writing-History-Fiction 15 Credits
Science Fictions & Fantasies 15 Credits
Writing for Radio 15 Credits

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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

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. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

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

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

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.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester