Learn from award winning published writers and established theatre practitioners
A unique integrated course designed to help you develop your creative process
Excellent contacts in the cultural industries, including the BBC, regional theatres and publishers
Literature and theatre speak to us about the world we live in; the social and cultural issues that affect our lives. In this course you will have the opportunity to find your own voice and build a strong creative methodology.
Creative writers and performance practitioners need to be skilled in the art of imaginative expression, but they also need to understand how literature and performance works and to learn from what has been done before. You will study writers, performance practitioners and theatre companies who have contributed new perspectives and innovations in form or methodology and apply this learning to your own creative processes.
This course teaches professional presentation, editing, research, genre specific techniques and contemporary approaches to making performance, such as devising. You will build knowledge and understanding of scriptwriting, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, devising, directing and performance methodologies.
Working with innovative and enthusiastic lecturers who are also practising writers and theatre-makers, you will be inspired to break new ground as a creative writer or practitioner, whether it be writing for theatre to working with creative graffiti. We encourage you to develop creative independence, to discuss your own work and that of others, and to develop and express a critical understanding of the intentions and achievements of your creative projects.
BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing student Rob talks about the unique appeal of studying this course at Salford.
You will build knowledge and understanding of scriptwriting, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, devising, directing and performance methodologies. Working with innovative and enthusiastic lecturers who are also practising writers and theatremakers, you will be inspired to break new ground as a creative writer or practitioner, whether it be writing for theatre or working with creative graffiti.
You will also study a range of works from modern literature and performance which will feed and inspire your creative process, making it strong, rigorous and exciting.
You will learn how to present creative work to a professional standard, as well as editing techniques, how to research a story and how to turn life experiences into exciting reading or performance.
This degree programme integrates the study of Drama (50%) and Creative Writing (50%) into one degree. You will work on drama projects designed to deepen your understanding of different kinds of play texts and theatre practitioners, and you will explore contemporary approaches to 'making' performance, such as devising.
The study of drama involves both a critical reading of scripts and practical performance work. There is also an opportunity for students to produce scripts for stage and screen. You will learn creative writing skills in scriptwriting, fiction, poetry, and life writing, and you will learn to analyse and criticise various forms of literary and performance texts.
The programme has a unique emphasis upon reflective and critical praxis across Creative Writing and Drama and is designed to present an integrated experience, focusing on creative processes for the 21st century. Well established, published writers will teach you how to present creative work to a professional standard, editing techniques, how to research a story or play and how to turn life experiences into exciting reading.
Experienced theatre professionals will teach you how to communicate ideas creatively for the stage, and to make links between literature and screen and stage performance.
Year 1 serves as an introduction to the study of drama and creative writing at University level. You will be taught about key critical and theoretical concepts, creative methodologies and techniques across writing and performance and to discuss and reflect critically upon your creative products and processes.
In year 2 you will study three core and three option modules. The core modules focus on creative process and on adaptation and for your option modules you select three creative writing modules or one performance and two creative writing modules. You will have the opportunity to work more independently and develop your understanding of the relationship between creative practice and theories of writing culture and performance.
In year 3 through three core modules (two Creative Writing and one Drama) and three optional modules (one Creative Writing and two Drama) you will develop your knowledge of texts, practitioners and approaches to practice with a stronger emphasis on the 20th and 21st Centuries. Modules at this level encourage you to develop creative independence, to discuss your own work and that of others, and to develop and express a critical understanding of the intentions and achievements of your creative projects.
In year 1 modules provide a thorough grounding in key ideas and approaches to literary and drama study at University level.
In year 2 you will study three core and three option modules. The core modules focus on adaptation. You will have the opportunity to work more independently and develop your understanding of the relationship between theory, text and practice.
Year 2 optional modules may include:
In year 3 you will choose six modules, equally mixing drama and creative writing from a range of optional modules which may include:
Year 3 optional modules may include:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||104-120 points|
|GCE A level||A2 to include either creative writing, English language, English literature, English language/literature or performance/drama (performing arts/theatre studies). General studies accepted|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Applicants will be considered for entry into year 2.|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants may be considered for entry into year 2 or 3. Applicants are normally invited to bring a portfolio of work to an interview.|
|Scottish Highers||102-120 points, preferably with a grade B in English|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||104-120 points, preferably with a grade B or above in English Language/Literature or English Language|
|International Baccalaureate||30-31 points|
|Access to HE||QAA Approved - Merit in majority of components at Level 3(English and/or Performance/Drama, Performing Arts/Theatre Studies)|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
The English language requirement for this course is an IELTS average score of 6 or above, and for each component, 5 or above.
We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and highly motivated students who are genuinely interested in creative writing and drama. You should be comfortable working with others, have good communication skills and read widely.
You do not need to be a published writer or experienced performer, but you should have some experience of theatre or drama and your interest in and passion for the written word should be evident.
Teaching on the course is through:
We place emphasis on students acquiring individual transferable skills as well as developing knowledge and skills important to analytical processes.
We employ a variety of different assessment methods depending on the modules you choose. These include:
Most modules incorporate some form of assessment as the course progresses in order to allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses prior to undertaking your final essay/creative project.
After graduation, students can go into teaching, publishing, journalism, advertising, PR, or events as well as a wide range of graduate jobs. This course would also provide an ideal platform for postgraduate study.
The creative and media industries value skills gained on this course so you may progress on a number of career paths within the cultural industries such as arts/theatre administration, television or radio researcher or theatre maker. Salford graduates have, in the past, set up their own theatre companies or joined already established ones, and have had work placements at regional theatres.
Our students have also gone on to study drama or English at Masters level, or to train as teachers. This course would also provide an ideal platform to gain further qualifications for a career in youth work or drama therapy.
This course is designed to support your personal development and skills to enhance your employability. Modules on the course enhance the development of subject-specific skills and knowledge, but also enhance skills in research, written and verbal communication, IT skills, organisation and decision making which open up a wide range of careers.
Several alumni have secured positions in the publishing industry after working as interns whilst students or recent graduates. Many students become published or take part in professional productions whilst still at the university or shortly after graduation. Our contacts include: Erbacce Press, Knives Forks and Spoons, The Red Telephone, CafeLit, the BBC, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, The Octagon Theatre Bolton, The Everyman Theatre Liverpool and the Contact Theatre Manchester.
This course responds to the needs of industry in developing subject expertise and transferable skills appropriate to a wide range of careers. We have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:
This provides you with a number of benefits such as theatre visits, networking opportunities, guest speakers, master classes, workshops and work experience opportunities. You are encouraged to enter competitions on a regular basis.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time