BA

Writing for Broadcasting, Media and Performance

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Key Facts

Code P302
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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Are you interested in writing for theatre, performance, film, television and radio? This degree will give you a firm grounding in this filed and will help you develop your practical skills. Our strong links with the industry such as the BBC, Boomerang media will offer you a variety of opportunities to enrich and enhance your growth as a writer. This course will also enable you to cultivate your understanding of key concepts and fundamental techniques that are crucial in writing for theatre, film & television. 

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 87% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

95.4% of UK/ EU undergraduates from the Department of Film and Television Studies who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)

Overview

BA Writing for Broadcasting, Media and Performance

  • You will be taught by our internationally recognised staff whose expertise includes: strong professional reputations for writing for continuing television drama (e.g. Hollyoaks), radio drama, adaptations and play-writing, along with expertise on British and Irish Drama.
  • We are a vibrant and creative department where theatre, film, television, media and drama collide.
  • Students on this course are taught through our unique combination of creative and critical approaches.
  • The Department has excellent connections with key industry partners such as the National Theatre for Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company and Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru.
  • In addition, we are also closely connected with the BBC, Tribeca Film Festival, S4C, the Edinburgh Film Festival, BAFTA, Avid, Fiction Factory, Arad Goch to name a few.
  • The University has close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work. 
Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Employability

Many of our graduates from the department have discovered career paths which include:

  • Broadcast Media
  • Producers and Directors
  • Script writers
  • Marketing & Public relations
  • Media Planning
  • Education

 What skills do I gain from this degree?

 Employability is embedded in all of our activities.

Students on this course gain the following valuable skills that are sought after by employers. These include the ability to:

  • work effectively in group settings to develop, rehearse and produce live events
  • apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
  • research, evaluate and organise information
  • structure and communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations and using a variety of means
  • work independently and with others
  • effectively organise your time and deploy your skills
  • listen to and make use of critical advice
  • be self-motivated and self-disciplined
  • use a range of information technology skills and resources
  • be entrepreneurial in developing cultural projects

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you may explore:

  • Theatre in context
  • Studying Film 
  • Writing for television Drama 
  • Studying Television 
In your second year you may discover: 
  • Writing for both Film and Television 
  • Acting: the process and performance 
  • Shakespeare in Performance 
  • Media Industries: History and Policy
  • Contemporary Television Drama
  • Theatre and Contemporary Society 
In your third year you may undertake: 
  • Script-writing
  • Contemporary British and Irish Drama 
  • Place, Space and Landscape 
  • Children and the Media
  • Stardom and Celebrity 
  • Media in Wales 

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. 

You may also be required to undertake practicals. 

Students on this course may be assessed through course work, practicals, examination. 

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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