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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: Prefer English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature 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 Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject - (preferably including English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature at Level 3)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points preferably including Grade 5 in a ‘Language A’ subject at Higher Level in ‘Studies in language and literature’

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS tariff points including 5 Highers preferably including English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature at Higher level

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

DMM

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM from a relevant subject area if no other Level 3 qualifications are taken

UCAS Tariff

104

All applicants should possess the following essential criteria: You will have a strong desire to develop your breadth and depth of reading fiction and/or poetry, and/or a strong interest in film, theatre, or radio. You will have a desire to write in different forms and genres and be open to the idea that, through reading and writing and studying the craft of writing, you can become a better writer. Evidence of an enthusiastic and sustained interest in Drama.* Good performance skills: vocal, physical and intellectual.* *These qualities will be assessed through an interview and an audition for Drama after having initially been assessed from your UCAS application. Your initial UCAS application will inform our decision on whether to offer you an interview and audition, but will by no means wholly inform our decision on whether to offer you a place to study Drama or not. Therefore, any information that you can give on your UCAS form which allows us to get a sense of how you manage your time, how engaged you are with external activities and how proactive you have been in seeking out interesting challenges (of all sorts!) and creative engagements would be very useful as they will inform the above-mentioned essential criteria. Drama Audition and Interview Criteria Solo Audition - We'll be looking for: Vocal presence: How well you deliver your piece and what light, shade and emphasis you sustain. Interpretation: How well you create the character, deliver the role and interpret the text and its meaning. Performance: How effectively you "hold" your audience. You should exhibit confidence, clarity and vitality. Workshop Audition - We'll be looking for: Ensemble skills: How well you work with other people in a group - are you co-operative and proactive? Creativity: What creative qualities did you bring to the group? Did you generate ideas and suggestions? Seminar Interview - We'll be looking for: Presence: How well you listened to others and made rational and supportive contributions. Critical ability: How well you knew your subject area. Academic potential: Do your grades or predictions marry with your performance when discussing Theatre Commitment: What evidence did you supply to show that you are keen to study at LJMU? Further information about the Drama audition and interview process can be found at: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/applicant-login/interviews-auditions-and-aptitude-tests/faculty-of-arts-professional-and-social-studies Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience. International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

60%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

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

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

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 scriptwriting
•Script portfolio
•Digital writing

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

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

Constructive feedback is always useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work, and this is provided either online, in writing or at a one-to-one meeting with your tutor.

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.

75%
med
Creative writing
86%
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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

77%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Drama

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

83%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
99%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

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.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Other elementary services occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

£16,956
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
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.

Creative writing

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

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

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.

Drama

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

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

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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