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Brunel University London

Theatre and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: W4WW

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including grade B in English

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in a relevant subject

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

including grade M2 in English

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSE's at grade C/4 or above including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including Higher Level 5 in English

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

including H3 in English

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any subject and A-level grade B in English

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in a related subject, with an A-level grade B in English. Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in any subject and A-level grade B in English

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in a related subject, with an A-level grade B in English. Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

including grade B in English

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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57%
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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4.5 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Theatre studies

The Theatre and Creative Writing BA is ideal if you want learn more about the richness of theatre past and present while incorporating your passion for creative writing.

Within the theatre side of your degree, you’ll develop creative skills in a number of practical ways: acting, directing, applied drama, physical theatre, digital performance, musical theatre and playwriting.

On the creative writing side of the course, you’ll get to explore a number of writing styles including journalism, screenwriting, comedy writing, short stories and the contemporary novel.

You’ll also grow your knowledge through an understanding of the concepts and models used in the practice and study of theatre, together with the themes and techniques used by historic and contemporary authors.

Study at Brunel and you’ll become part a rich community of creative students, artists and academics with a variety of opportunities to collaborate through acting, directing, playwriting and production.

You’ll learn in Brunel’s purpose-built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (AA), which is rather like being in drama school with its main theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.

AA facilities regularly host Arts@Artaud nights showcasing new music, film, creative writing and drama presented by Brunel students.

Established links with the creative industries offer plenty of opportunities to hear from guest speakers and alumni on campus. Off campus, Brunel’s easy access to central London helps to facilitate regular class trips to see West End productions and other events.

For your professional development, the option of a work placement year is an unmissable opportunity to find out where your interests lie and to increase your attractiveness to future employers.

Students from the course have completed placements in a variety of organisations including the London’s Park Theatre, Rose Wisksteed Casting, The Vaults, Unicorn Theatre, Icarus Theatre Company, and the Grieg City Academy.

Modules

Typical modules in year 1: Perspectives 1: Performance Analysis, Ensemble Production, Intro to Writing Fiction, Intro to Writing Drama Options, Acting: Essential Skills, Applied Drama Practice: an Introduction, Digital Performance 1, Directing 1: Contexts, Theories and Practices, Playwriting 1, Musical Theatre 1, Physical Theatre 1: Between Dance & Theatre, Introduction to Writing Poetry. Typical modules in year 2: Perspectives 2, Writing 2, Applied Drama Practice: Project, Physical Theatre 2, Digital Performance 2, Musical Theatre: Histories, Practices & Theories, Performance as Research: Second Year Production Module, Writing Contemporary Poetry, Writing Journalism, Screenwriting, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy. Typical modules year 3: Final Production (practical), Written Dissertation, Creative Writing Special Project, New Writing: Page to Stage, Advanced Musical Theatre. Visit our website for full course details.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,920
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Theatre studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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