BA

Writing for Broadcasting, Media and Performance

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Key Facts

P302
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Whether you’re interested in writing for television, radio or live theatre, this degree is designed to develop your practical writing skills in a vibrant and conducive environment.

You will gain a firm grounding in how to write across platforms and for different audiences, developing your understanding of fundamental techniques and cultivating your confidence. Our team of experts will fire your imagination, enhance your critical thinking and prepare you for a career as a professional writer. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

90% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (NSS 2020).

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Studying Film FM10120 20
Theatre In Context 1 TP11020 20
Writing Continuing Tv Drama FM17320 20
Studying Television FM10220 20
Theatre In Context 2 TP11320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Making Short Films 1 FM10520 20
Movements In Film History FM11120 20
Site-specific Performance Project TP11420 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Writing For Film And Television FM21620 20
Writing Audio Drama FM27120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Creative Documentary FM26520 20
Digital Culture FM25520 20
Directors' Theatre: Staging Modern Drama TP21820 20
Shakespeare In Performance TP23220 20
Stardom And Celebrity FM21320 20
Television Genre FM20620 20
Art Cinema FM24420 20
Creative Fiction: Horror FM20920 20
Creative Studio FM25420 20
Lgbt Screens FM20120 20
New Media Performance TP23820 20
Theatre And Contemporary Society TP20420 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Scriptwriting 1 FM37020 20
Scriptwriting 2 FM37120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contemporary British And Irish Drama TP30820 20
Contemporary Film And The Break-up Of Britain FM30020 20
Contemporary Tv Drama FM30320 20
Cult Cinema: Texts, Histories And Audiences FM38220 20
Experimental Cinema FM34520 20
Gender And The Media FM38320 20
Independent Research Project FM36040 40
Musical Theatre Dramaturgies TP39020 20
Performance And Architecture TP33420 20
Place, Space And Landscape TP32820 20
Playwriting TP34640 40
Videogame Theories FM38420 20

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.

Learning & Teaching

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

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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