University of East Anglia

16 th
Young University Rankings 2013
=188 th
World University Rankings 2018
Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom

Scriptwriting and Performance

Learn to write for theatre, cinema, television and radio in a degree that combines performance with historical studies in dramatic literature. As well as studying the theory of drama and honing your writing skills, you will be able to gain a range of applied and technical theatre skills, by participating in our renowned student-run theatre company, Minotaur. This course is ideal for those looking to expand their skills in creative dramatic writing, as well as in the applied and technical sides of theatre. You might be looking to work in film and TV production, journalism, writing, arts administration, teaching or events management. Or to go on to vocational or postgraduate study. You will most likely be studying for an A level in Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature, preferably alongside another arts or humanities subject. As with all our courses, we also welcome students with non-traditional qualifications and experience from all academic backgrounds. You will learn to write for each of the major dramatic media. Your creative writing work will be complemented by studying the practical aspects of performance and the historical context of drama and theatre. Throughout the programme you will be introduced to the different formats, conventions and techniques of scriptwriting. You will learn by doing; by writing scenes and short scripts, critiquing one another’s work, and taking part in productions and practical projects, all under the tuition of professional playwrights. As your critical skills develop, you will learn to apply them to your own creative work, nurturing your voice in a community of talented colleagues and teachers. Not only will you graduate as a highly adaptable creative writer, you will also have the critical and historical grounding to see where your work belongs in the world. From the start of the first year you will be introduced to a range of applied and technical theatre skills, including use of the Drama Studio and lighting, sound, stage management and stage design. You will participate in basic acting, group work and weekly voice classes, too. You will gain key skills and knowledge of the important issues and ideas in scriptwriting and performance through lectures given by members of the faculty. Through smaller group seminars and workshops, you’ll get a more specialist perspective on particular areas of performance and writing technique. During time spent studying and researching in the library or carrying out practical projects, you will learn to work independently; immersing yourself in the topics you are most interested in. Your final-year dissertation is a chance to really focus on a piece of your own creative work, guided by expert tutors along the way. You will have many chances to gain hands-on, practical experience. For example, an important additional component of the course is access to the highly regarded Minotaur Student Theatre Company. In your second year you will also have the option of taking a work placement in a drama-producing organisation or venue. Then, in your final year, you will have the chance to participate in a major theatrical production and/or the third-year project – perhaps a short written piece performed by other students. You will also complete a creative writing dissertation in the form of a full-length play or screenplay.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,Norwich
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £15,300