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Creative Writing 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 complex interplay between live performance and audience, with our BA Creative Writing and Theatre course.Taught jointly by the Department of English Literature and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, on this course you will:- explore your creative writing in small peer groups- examine theatre in its various contexts: as popular entertainment, theoretical discipline and art form- have the opportunity to develop your practical theatre skills.Creative writing and theatre complement each other perfectly. Exploring a breadth of dramatic work and analysing creative choices will support the development of your own creative writing. **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 that 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. This course aims to foster your independent thinking, using the close reading and analytical skills that are fundamental to both English literature and theatre.**Your learning environment**Modules are taught by practising, published authors who have strong links with professional writing communities. We regularly invite 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 community**The 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.**Theatre**On your theatre modules, you will analyse and discuss the plays that you love with the opportunity to learn practical skills for your future career.During your studies at Reading you will:- discover how directors, designers, writers and other theatre artists respond to and shape our rapidly changing world- explore the histories and techniques of devising, producing, designing and directing- learn how theatre works as an expression of real-world issues.Through our partnerships and connections with the contemporary creative world, you will gain a rich and critically informed knowledge of the techniques that are shaping creative practice today.**Theatre facilities**Combine the study of ground-breaking theory with practical application, using our purpose-built £11m Minghella Studios facilities that feature:- three theatre spaces- a multi-camera film and TV studio- a digital cinema- dedicated recording studio and mixing suite.- Placements with BA Creative Writing and TheatreOur innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. **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 writing skills, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophist

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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