BA

Writing for Broadcasting, Media and Performance

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Key Facts

Code P302
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • 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. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

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

95% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. (NSS 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
Introduction To Media Production (semester 2) 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 Journalism FM22120 20
Directors' Theatre: Staging Modern Drama TP21820 20
Documentary Screens FM20720 20
Shakespeare In Performance TP23220 20
Stardom Amd Celebrity FM21320 20
Television Genre FM20620 20
Art Cinema FM24420 20
Creative Fiction: Horror FM20920 20
Creative Studio FM25420 20
Digital Culture FM25520 20
Lgbt Screens FM20120 20
New Media Performance TP23820 20
Theatre And Contemporary Society TP20420 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.

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

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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