Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Theatre Studies and Creative Writing BA aims to prepare articulate, discerning and critically aware scholars of theatre and performance, and skilled, confident, creative writers.

The course will help you develop a deep understanding of key periods, themes, styles and techniques in theatre studies and hone your creative writing skills. The degree will equip you to utilise your learning in both creative and critical forms, whilst developing your general analytical skills and critical thinking, and bringing your written and spoken academic English to a sophisticated level.

You will have the opportunity to examine theatrical, performance and critical texts (in the broadest understanding of the term) of all periods, from the Early Modern to the present day. This examination vitally includes trips to the theatre, to performances and to see creative artists speak about their work. You will have the chance to make extensive use of London to enhance your learning environment, by visiting its theatres, performances spaces, galleries, museums, and by taking part in active and vibrant cultural debates. The course takes in a wide range of writers, thinkers and performers, thus allowing students to get a detailed and coherent sense of the fields of theatre and performance studies.

The degree works to integrate the two subjects and to allow both the study of theatre and the study of creative writing practices to inform each other in learning and in teaching. By the end of the course you will have a detailed and coherent understanding of current priorities and debates in each discipline.

The course will also give you the opportunity to consider the theoretical tools of performance analysis in detail and to think both critically and imaginatively about your creative work. You will develop advanced skills in:

  • reading and interpreting theatrical and performance texts in their cultural contexts;
  • analysing the specific genres and forms of a variety of significant creative works;
  • relating the acts of interpretation performed by creative works to contemporary critical writing and larger cultural debates and controversies.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Beginnings in Writing
  • Past Theatres, Present Theatres
  • Reading, Interpreting, Reviewing
  • Reflective Writing
  • Westminster Writers Seminar Series

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Forms of Writing
  • Reflective Writing
  • Special Topic
  • Specific Company/Theatre
  • Theatre and Race
  • Theories, Debates, Interventions
  • Westminster Writers Seminar Series
  • Writing Life

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • London’s Fringe
  • New Writing Festival
  • Renaissance Now
  • Screenwriting
  • Space and Adaptation
  • Special Writing Topic
  • Theatre Studies and Creative Writing Dissertation OR Individual Writing Project
  • Westminster Writers Seminar Series

Credit Level 6

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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

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Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels – BCC, including English or other humanities subject
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 in Higher English
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended/Diploma/Subsidiary – DMM in creative subject/Diploma DM with A Level English or Humanities subject, grade C or above/BC at A level including a humanities subject, plus Merit in Subsidiary Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma - Humanities: 45 credits at Level 3, with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017).

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS of minimum 6.0 in each element. A portfolio of creative writing may be required in addition to these academic qualifications.

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Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 in Higher English

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Careers

  • Arts administrator
  • Arts producer
  • Arts management
  • Broadcasting
  • Community arts worker
  • Drama therapist
  • Event management
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and sales
  • Postgraduate study (especially in areas of theatre such as performance, writing, dramaturgy)
  • Teaching
  • Television production
  • Venue management and ticketing

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Across the programme of study, students will be expected to undertake multiple trips to see theatre productions and performances. Some of these will be compulsory trips necessary to complete specific modules and some of these will be individual trips for your own personal development. Where possible, these trips will be subsidised, but some will funded by the student. Students should expect to budget around £50-£100 a year for this.

Students will also be required to purchase some texts and textbooks, although the library will have copies of all core texts.

International tuition fee: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Across the programme of study, students will be expected to undertake multiple trips to see theatre productions and performances. Some of these will be compulsory trips necessary to complete specific modules and some of these will be individual trips for your own personal development. Where possible, these trips will be subsidised, but some will funded by the student. Students should expect to budget around £50-£100 a year for this.

Students will also be required to purchase some texts and textbooks, although the library will have copies of all core texts.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

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