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Creative Writing and Film and Theatre BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Develop and hone your writing skills, and explore the important relationships between film and theatre, in our BA Creative Writing and Film & Theatre course.Taught jointly by the Department of English Literature and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, this multi-faceted course will:- develop your creative writing in a small-group environment- explore a variety of literary, dramatic and film texts- provide practical and theoretical approaches to film and theatre.Creative writing, film and theatre complement each other perfectly. Developing characters and narratives in your creative writing, and working to improve and refine them, will make you a better writer. This will enhance your ability to create compelling characters and narratives in your filmmaking and theatre work.**Creative writing**Creative writing allows you to explore your creativity from all angles: creating characters, shaping poems, drawing on your imagination.We offer a specially curated group of English literature modules, which are designed to complement your creative writing. You’ll gain knowledge of a variety of literary, dramatic and film texts, from a range of different periods. **Your learning environment**Modules are taught by practising, published authors who have strong links with professional writing communities. We regularly invite published authors to read from their work and participate in teaching.We’ll help you develop your creative writing skills in a variety of settings:- lectures concentrate on specific, practical issues such as how to construct a character or tackle a specific literary form- seminars involve small group discussions, led by one of the teaching team, with short practical writing exercises- workshops allow you to explore and develop your writing in small peer groups.Creative communityThe Department of English Literature fosters a creative writing community that is friendly, cohesive and committed. As well as learning from lecturers, you’ll learn from each other by sharing your work in progress. Outside the classroom, you can share your ideas with the University’s creative writing group, Scribblers, which is run by and for students from across the University.**Film and theatre**Your film and theatre modules will allow you to explore your passion for both mediums. You’ll also have the opportunity to study modules in television.During your studies, you will:- examine critical approaches to film, theatre and television- have the opportunity to develop your practical and technical skills- discover how theatre, film and television have been affected by different social and historical contexts.- You’ll be introduced to film and theatre from across the world and study narrative traditions from both theoretical and practical perspectives. This will enable you to understand how theoretical ideas are applied to, and have an impact on, the creative process.You’ll have the opportunity to undertake selected group-based practical work, which will help you develop your creativity, storytelling and practical skills, and you’ll learn in the dynamic, fully-equipped spaces of Minghella Studios.**Placements with BA Creative Writing and Film & Theatre**Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take a placement module in film, theatre and television, on languages and literature in heritage, in education, and in the media.**Study abroad**In your second year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, or countries across Europe. To find out more, visit our Study Abroad site.**Careers**As a creative writing graduate, you will enter the job market with well-developed communication, research and w

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBB

A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.


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University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    46th out of 103 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    123 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54.0 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.56 71%



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