This programme offers an exploration of dramatic theories and practical approaches in relation to performance, allowing you to develop your creative ideas through practice in industry or community contexts. You enhance your writing skills at your own pace and in your own way, all the while demonstrating how your work relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context. The Drama elements of the programme have a contemporary focus but review the histories and traditions of theatre and performance, and interrogate what is meant by these in the twenty-first century. Throughout the programme, you continually develop your critical thinking to inform theatre-making skills and explore the extent to which drama is a tool for social change. In the second academic year, you study more specific modules looking at different genres and extend your practical and critical skills. In the final academic year, you look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University such as publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching. In the Creative Writing modules, you move progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, enhanced by a workshop environment that will form a critical understanding of your own writing and the writing of others.