Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Drama and Creative Writing

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

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Why choose this course? – Kingston University has connections to the Rose Theatre, the largest producing theatre in south west London, the Royal Court and The Bush, and to companies like Headlong. This means you’ll have access to the resources and expertise of professional theatres. – You can take part in Kingston’s annual International Youth Arts Festival and the Camden Fringe Festival, gaining professional experience to prepare you for your future career. About this course Are you interested in the history and cultural significance of theatre? Are you keen to explore creative writing, such as scriptwriting, poetry, prose and fiction? If so, this course is ideal. It combines two subjects which naturally overlap and prepares you for a career in writing or in theatre. You’ll take part in active seminars and workshops that mirror how writing works in theatres. You’ll develop texts through workshops, with performers, rehearse readings, and full productions. Up-to-date practical knowledge is shared through masterclasses from playwrights such as Laura Wade, Roy Williams and Jack Bradley (former literary manager of the Royal National Theatre).

Course details


Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Year 1

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Writing that Works
  • The Actor and the Text
  • Culture and Performance
Year 2
  • The Play Today
  • Write Action: Introduction to Dramatic Writing
  • Optional modules, including:
  • The Craft of Poetry and Prose
  • Independent Creative Writing
  • Shakespeare Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • An Actor Prepares
  • The Theatre Director: Crafting Productions for the Stage
  • Popular Performance 1: Mask and Clown
Year 3
  • Creative Writing Dissertation Project
  • Beyond Text: Advanced Dramatic Writing
  • Optional modules, including:
  • Experiments with Form
  • Special Study: Narrative Techniques in Popular Fiction
  • Special Study: Staging the Nation, Identity Politics in Contemporary Drama
  • Popular Performance 2: Cabaret and Variety
  • Special Study: Scriptwriting
- Special Study: Tragedy, Catastrophe, Trauma

Assessment method

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeWW84
Institution code K84
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level A-level: Drama / Theatre Studies / Performing Arts / English Literature / English Language or similar, grade B (40 points) required. A-level: English Lit. / English Lit. & Lang. or similar, grade C (32 points). General Studies not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Relevant Subject: Drama/ Performing Arts

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English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change as we are awaiting the Office For Student Guidance on Fee levels for 2020 and beyond. For foundation year and international fees, please visit: Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs
Drama and Creative Writing at Kingston University - UCAS