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Liverpool John Moores University

Drama and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: WW48

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 •Subject specific requirements: Applicants should have studied/ be studing a relevant subject •Is general studies acceptable? Yes •Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications •Average A Level offer: BCC •Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Access to HE Diploma

D:9,M:36

At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 IB Diploma Points

104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 104 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

104

Applications are welcomed from mature and non standard applicants who will be considered on an individual basis.

60%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Creative writing

Drama

The BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by published authors and staff with extensive professional theatre experience.

•Opportunities to perform your own work in theatre productions all over Liverpool
•Paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability
•Three-day residential writers’ retreat at a country house in rural Wales
•Guest lectures from practising writers and performers
•More theatres, cinemas, literary events, arts centres, galleries and museums than any city outside London

Modules

Level 4

•Spontaneous Theatre
•Theatre: The Big ideas
•Acting Skills
•Introduction to poetry
•Introduction to scriptwriting
•Introduction to prose

Level 5
•Creating theatre
•Performance: The big ideas
•Screen 1
•Treatment and screenplay
•The fantastic
•Approaching your novel
•Short prose
•Poetry writing workshop: form and substance
•Short story 1
•Dramatic writing for radio and stage
•Study year abroad
•The Drama Specialist
•Page to Stage - reading the play
•Options in practice
•Technical Theatre

Level 6
•Drama at work
•Drama reflection
•Directing the play
•Drama Festival
•Researching Drama
•Festival planning
•Prose portfolio 1 / 2
•Independent study in Creative Writing
•Writer at Work
•Writer at Work the project
•Poetry writing workshop: advanced
•Poetry 1
•Poetry writing workshop: advanced poetry 2
•Advanced screenwriting
•Screenplay portfolio
•Digital writing

Assessment methods

This degree is 65% practical and 35% theory and this is reflected in the way you are assessed in each module.

Practical assessments could be in the form of:
•original, creative work in poetry, playwriting, prose and screenplay
•presentations (performing in or directing a show)
•a pitch (selling your ideas)
•a treatment (a précis of your creative work)
•painting a set,
•designing lights or costumes

Theoretical assessments could be:
•exams
•essays
•logs
•commentaries
•seminar presentations
•class tests,
•viva voces
•portfolio work

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

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.

79%
med
Creative writing
85%
med
Drama

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.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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
88%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B
341

Drama

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

94%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
99%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C
342

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.

Creative writing

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.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
90%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Customer service occupations
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

Language and area 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.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

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.

Creative arts and design

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

£13k

£13k

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

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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