University of Huddersfield

Drama with Creative Writing University of Huddersfield Degree level: Undergraduate


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You have a love of the stage and performing arts, and you also want to explore your own writing. Whether you’re working on a drama or film script, or you’d like to write fiction, non-fiction or poetry, this course combines creative writing with drama to enable you to indulge both interests and develop your writing skills and techniques along the way.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your writing across a whole range of creative media, including theatre, film, television and radio as well as fiction and poetry. We’ll also give you the chance to study contemporary approaches to drama. Our links with Slung Low, IOU Productions and Northern Broadsides mean you’ll be able to work alongside internationally known companies. You could also meet and work with practitioners like Professor Sir Patrick Stewart, John Britton, Andrew Morrish and Nicolás Núñez.

On the drama side of the course, we will give you the chance to explore your own creativity to produce intelligent, thoughtful and innovative work. We’ll encourage you to explore approaches to drama, and work with you to fine-tune your skills and help you develop, both practically and intellectually.

In your creative writing modules, you’ll be working with tutors who are all published and performed writers. They’ll encourage you to get writing and give you useful feedback to help you progress. You’ll have the chance to understand what makes great writing, which could be invaluable in your own work, and help you find a career in a number of professions too.

On the course you’ll have the chance to work with a professional theatre company, getting you collaborating with other students and professionals to put on a major performance. The ERASMUS+ exchange scheme also offers an optional short-term opportunity to work abroad and study at one of our partner universities. You’ll join classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time.

Course details


Year 1
Core modules:
Introduction to Theatre Practices

Option modules:
Creative Devising
Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1A

Where appropriate, it may be possible for the option modules above to be substituted by one of the options below:

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1B
Text into Performance

Year 2
Core modules:
Models and Theories of Performance Practice 2a
Writing Beyond the Page

Option modules:
Models and Theories of Performance Practice 2b

Plus one from a list which may include:
Theatre and Performance Making
Specialist Practice

And one from a list which may include:
Writing Short Stories
The Art of Poetry

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Final year
Core modules:
Critical Context: Perspectives on Contemporary Drama, Theatre and Performance
Creative Writing Project

Option modules:
Practice and Research 3

Plus choose one from a list which may include:
Process and Performance Project
Final Year Project

And choose one from a list which may include:
Experiments in Narrative
Liberating Poetic Chaos

At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.

Assessment method

includes essays, research based practical presentations, creative practical working processes, performance, scripts and plays, and a dissertation.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in two relevant subjects, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English.
A level BBB including a minimum grade B in two relevant subjects, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM in Performing Arts or related subject BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and the demonstration of good critical analytical ability.
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits including modules in a relevant subject, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications preferably including either Higher Level Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies at grade 6 and Higher Level English at grade 6.

Applicants will be invited to attend a Selection Day, at which they will participate in a workshop by way of audition and submit a small creative writing portfolio. Some applicants may also be invited to interview.

You must provide evidence of practical and theoretical interest in drama.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Additional entry requirements




Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,000 * Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 19/20 entry will be £9,250. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available Please email the Student Finance Office ( or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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