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Drama and Playwriting BA (Hons)

University of Worcester

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UCAS CODE: WW84

Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    12-SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Overview

Playwriting at University of Worcester is a uniquely focused course, delivered by a team which includes professional playwrights, to prepare you for a career as a writer for theatre and live performance. Today’s theatre needs new voices: it needs to hear from the young and the under-represented. It needs your voice.

Through developing your understanding of different play structures, approaches to capturing dialogue and plotting narrative, and experimenting with style, you will establish the tools to express your own ideas and concerns in your work. The course will introduce you to how to “think theatrically;” in other words, how to write on the page but with an understanding of how this could come to life on the stage. Theatre is essentially a collaborative art, and playwrights in current theatre practice rarely work in isolation, so experience on the course of working alongside directors, performers, musicians, lighting and set designers and other theatre professionals will deepen your professional practice. Your final play will be workshopped and presented by professional actors in a showcase event.

Within BA Playwriting, you will learn how to get your work published and how to submit your plays to competitions, festivals, theatres and theatre companies. Alongside this, you will explore other career possibilities such as venue script readers, producers, dramaturgs or reviewers. BA Playwriting sits as a Joint Honours degree alongside BA Drama & Performance, or BA Screenwriting, or BA Creative and Professional Writing. Combining Playwriting with one of these subjects will give a real breadth to your writing experience and open opportunities to move forwards in different career directions in theatre, film, TV, radio, digital and print platforms.

There is also an opportunity to extend your experience through a year abroad, for example at a University in Europe, USA, Australia or India, facilitating a more international experience of theatre to inform your own playwriting practice.

Key features

  • Practice-based approach, led by professional playwrights
  • Interdisciplinary projects across drama, dance & music theatre.
  • Regular theatre trips.
  • Read and workshop your script with professional actors.
  • Possibility of a year abroad

Learn more about the course at our Open Days

Visiting us is the best way to get a feel for student life at the University of Worcester. You'll find out more about the course at our subject specific talks, and have the opportunity speak to staff, students and recent graduates about what it’s really like to study at Worcester.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 13,100per year

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

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QUALIFICATION TYPE

UCAS Points : 104

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University information

University of Worcester

  • University League Table

    87th

  • Campus address

    University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2 6AJ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    96th out of 103 16

    41st out of 55 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    115 60%

    75th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    38.0 38%

    95th

    26
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%

    75th

    26
  • Entry standards

    / Max 168
    101 59%

    45th

    27
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%

    16th

    5
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.49 90%

    1st

    29

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