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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/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3 with grade B in A level English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

including grade M2 in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including Higher Level 5 in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

including H3 in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any subject and A level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in any subject, with an A level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. 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/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

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

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

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

DDM

in any subject with an A-level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. 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/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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57%
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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.5 years | Part-time | 2020

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

Year 1
Core Modules
Ensemble Production
Perspectives

Optional Modules
Acting: Essential Skills
Applied Drama Practice: an Introduction
Digital Performance 1
Directing 1: Contexts
Playwriting 1
Musical Theatre 1
Physical Theatre 1: Between Dance & Theatre

Year 2:
Core Modules
Perspectives 2

Optional Modules
Writing 2: Experiments in Language for Performance
Applied Drama: Project
Acting: Beyond Naturalism
Directing 2: Contexts, Theories and Practices
Physical Theatre 2: Performance and Embodiment
Digital Performance 2
Musical Theatre: Histories, Practices and Theories
Performance as Research: Second Year Production Module
Writing Contemporary Poetry
Writing the Short Story
Writing Journalism
Screenwriting
Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Life Writing
Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

Year 3
Core Modules
Final Production
Written Dissertation
Creative Writing Special Project

Optional Modules
Perspective 3: Battling with Ideas
Professional Experience and Development
Advanced Physical Theatre 3
The Canon Re-loaded
New Writing: Page to Stage
Advanced Musical Theatre
Writing Modern Fiction
Writing Comedy
Writing Poetry for Performance
The Creative Industries
Psychogeography
Advanced Acting
Digital Performance and Technology
Writing Film and Television
Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers

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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
£15,860
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


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Theatre studies

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

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
44%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

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.

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£21k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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