Typical A-level offer
BBB-ABB with B in any English-related A level
If you are interested in enhancing, broadening, and developing your voice and, if you want to explore, discover and immerse yourself in the words that have shaped our world through the medium of literature and media platforms, then a degree in Creative Writing and Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University is for you. Our cross-disciplinary degree will introduce you to an ever-expanding industry, providing you with a promising and advantageous start after graduation. Learn the craft of writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and more.
Department of English and Creative Writing: 97% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
95.4% of undergraduates from the UK/EU from the Department of English and Creative Writing who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)
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)
- Teaching & Learning
Why study Creative Writing and Drama/ Theatre studies at Aberystwyth University?
- We are ranked top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017).
- Our degree offers a broad curriculum that crosses the traditional boundaries of genre, form, and function.
- Benefit from our connections with the Royal Shakespeare company, National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine, Imitating the Dog and the Magdalena Project.
- You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, industry experts, and published authors from every field.
- Become a student in a flourishing creative scene with a long and successful history as the spring for aspiring new talent.
- Work experience opportunities with the largest television production companies in Wales, Boomerang +PLC, Theatr Arad Coch.
- Explore connections between creative and critical thinking and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought.
- Benefit from our unique collaborative relationship with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This on-campus facility is an excellent resource for staff and students alike.
- Benefit from unlimited access to the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries).
All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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.
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.
- Acting for Camera
- Acting: Process and Performance
- Adventures with Poetry
- Contemporary European Theatre
- Contemporary Queer Fiction
- Devised Performance Project
- Directors’ Theatre: Staging Modern Drama
- Forms of Children's Narrative Prose
- Literary Theory: Debates and Dialogues
- Literature since 1945
- Multimedia Production Project
- New Media Performance
- Shakespeare in Performance
- Telling True Stories: ways of Writing Creative Non-Fiction
- Theatre Design Project
- Theatre Production Project
- Writing Selves
- Writing Short Stories
- Applied Theatre Project
- Contemporary British and Irish Drama
- Ensemble Performance Project
- Final Production Project
- Independent Research Project
- Kapow! Reading and Writing Graphic Narratives
- Performance and Architecture
- Performance, Politics and Protest
- Place, Space and Landscape
- Textual Interventions
- The Writing Project
- Theatre, Gender and Sexuality
- Writing Crime Fiction
- Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Writing and Place
What career prospects are there for me?
Many of our graduates are successful writers in the fields of:
Some of our graduates have discovered other successful career options:
- Marketing and Communications
What career enhancing opportunities are there for me as a student?
Aberystwyth Arts Centre will be woven integrally into your learning opportunities, permitting staff and students to come together with the shared aim of engaging, working and learning in a thriving and dynamic creative culture. Here you may showcase your work, engage and network with others, and develop lifelong skills valuable to employers in the creative industries and beyond.
Our degree will enable you to develop:
- the ability to express ideas and communicate information effectively in a broad range of contexts;
- outstanding skills in creating, forming and manipulating the written word;
- evidence of your ability to be an effective problem solver;
- excellent creative thinking, informed by critical rigour;
- a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
- excellent time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
- self-motivation and self-reliance and have the ability to develop appropriate and effective strategies;
- valuable research skills that are trans-disciplinary and adaptable to any research context.
What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying?
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Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
This degree is based on our strongly held belief that in order to become a really great writer you need to be a good reader, whilst offering you the flexibility to develop as a writer across a range of creative modes. During your first year you will develop foundational skills in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts, alongside your study of basic writing skills. Throughout the course you will use your knowledge of literature and textual production in your own creative work, exploring the relationship between creative and critical practice.
In the first year you will discover:
- The study of Theatre
- Key Historical moments, practices and methods
- And develop your practical skills in all stages of media production process
- A range of techniques for reading and writing fiction and poetry;
- Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
- A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
- “The critical commentary” and research skills for writers.
In the second year you will explore:
- Contemporary Theatre- making
- European Theatre
- Shakespeare and contemporary performance
- New media performance and performance writing
- The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
- Your own writing style, informed by your reading and research;
- A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era), or theme (such as “transpositions”).
In the third year you will master:
- Theatre, Gender and Sexuality
- Script writing
- Narrative fiction
- Theory for writers and the application of theoretical perspectives the production and critical evaluation of your own creative work;
- Extended writing and independent research in your final year writing project (chosen and defined by you with the support of a published author);
- Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by writers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, queer fiction, writing for children, science fiction and fantasy, and much more.
How will I be taught?
Our course is delivered through a range of traditional and non-traditional settings with particular emphasis on workshops and discursive seminars. Lectures are not the norm but are used when it is essential to convey specific, knowledge-centred, material. One-to-one tutorials will also be a regular feature in your timetable, particularly towards the end of your programme of study.
We assess our students through portfolio submissions, essays and, on some modules, traditional examinations and presentations.
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB-ABB with B in any English-related A level
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject
30 points overall with 6 points in any English-related subject at Higher Level
65% overall with 70% in specified subject
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact email@example.com