University of East Anglia UEA

Scriptwriting and Performance University of East Anglia UEA Degree level: Undergraduate


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About the course
This unique degree unites UEA’s strengths in creative writing and in drama to immerse you in all aspects of the reading, writing and staging of plays.

You will study creative writing for theatre, cinema, television and radio – while exploring the practice, criticism and history of dramatic literature and performance. Your writing will be enriched by an awareness of theatrical and literary traditions from around the globe.

Alongside your modules in scriptwriting, you'll take applied drama modules and you'll have full access to our professionally-equipped 200-seat Drama Studio. This firm grounding in acting, directing, and all other aspects of practical stagecraft will enable you to graduate as a scriptwriter with an instinctive feel for the world of theatre and performing arts.

Course overview
At UEA, you'll be doing three things: writing plays, reading them, and performing them too. Each of these activities enhances and enriches the other. Your writing is improved by mastering the ins-and-outs of theatrical performance, while you become better able to analyse dramatic language by writing it yourself. You'll develop a better understanding of yourself as a writer by mastering the best of traditional and contemporary drama.

Our scriptwriting masterclasses will develop your writing skills. You’ll discover the specific formats, conventions and techniques of scriptwriting for different forms. You’ll learn by writing scenes and short scripts, offering critiques of each other's work, and by working closely with other drama students.

Throughout your degree you will gain hands-on experience by participating in production and practical project work. You'll have the keys to our professionally-equipped 200-seat Drama Studio, giving you the chance to control everything in your own productions. You’ll also have access to performance and placement opportunities, including a creative industries internship in your second year, which involves a work placement in a drama-producing organisation or environment.

You'll encounter an astonishing array of drama and a wealth of performance styles, from naturalism to non-Western traditions. You’ll engage with major theoretical and directorial approaches, from Aristotle to Artaud, from Stanislavsky to physical theatre. And you can examine the use of theatre and performance - by the state, by political activists and by theatre and performance practitioners - to solidify or challenge structures of power.

You'll also benefit from our highly regarded student run Minotaur Theatre Company, which gives you the chance to gain additional performance, technical and scriptwriting experience.

Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 code WW84
Institution code E14
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB including Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM in an Arts/Humanities subject (usually Performing Arts). BTEC Public Services and BTEC Business Administration are not accepted.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
Humanities and Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other relevant pathways may be accepted, please contact the University directly for further information.
Scottish Higher AAABB Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature related subject required.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature related subject required. Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points including grade 5 in higher level English or Theatre Studies. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
Scottish Advanced Higher BCC Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature related subject required.

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C.

We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website or email

Additional entry requirements


Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview and audition as part of our assessment, and a scriptwriting sample will also be required.


Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview and audition as part of our assessment, and a scriptwriting sample will also be required.


Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview and audition as part of our assessment, and a scriptwriting sample will also be required.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each component)

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,600 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Provider information

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University of East Anglia UEA
Norwich Research Park

Course contact details

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01603 591515