Kingston University London - Drama and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Kingston University London

Drama and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Are you interested in theatre and performance? 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 will prepare you for a career in writing or in theatre, or for careers that combine both, such as scriptwriting.

Energising seminars and workshops will explore how writing works in the theatre industry. You'll develop texts with performers, rehearse readings and participate in full theatre productions. Practical knowledge is shared through guest masterclasses from playwrights such as Laura Wade, Roy Williams and award-winner, Winsome Pinnock.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • We have connections to The Rose Theatre, the largest producing theatre in south west London.
  • You'll develop your skills as a writer and theatre-maker in professional facilities such as the Reg Bailey Theatre, The Rose Studio, and two new theatres in the Town House Building.
  • 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.

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS tariff points:


    112-128 for BA (Hons); 48 for BA (Hons) including foundation year.
  • Level 3 qualifications, including Drama and Theatre Studies, English Language/Literature, Performing and Production Arts (i.e. A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.).
  • IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Kingston's drama and creative writing graduates work in the creative industries as actors, writers, directors, stand-up comedians, outreach workers, technicians, producers and events managers. In addition to pursuing careers as writers, they work in publishing, journalism, advertising and marketing, arts management, new media, education, community arts, the public relations industry, business, and therapeutic fields.

A number of graduates go on to postgraduate study in theatre, creative writing, media or to teacher training.

Our alumni have published novels in a variety of countries as well as gaining employment in a range of industries where accurate and imaginative writing is valued. 

We have industry links with publishers, theatre professionals and literary agents, as well as working writers in a variety of fields.

Course Details

Each level is made up of four modules each worth 30 credit points. Typically, a student must complete 120 credits at each level.

The main themes of the course: the history, theory, criticism and practice of theatre-making and writing for performance, are introduced in the first year, enabling you to identify and understand the focus that will characterise your learning throughout. You'll be encouraged to make links between these strands from an early stage in one of the core modules, Culture and Performance.

Year 1

Introduction to Creative Writing I: The Writer's Toolkit
Writing that Works
The Actor and the Text
Culture and Performance

Year 2

Core Modules:
The Play Today
Write Action: Introduction to Dramatic Writing
Optional Modules:
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 I: Mask and Clown

Year 3

Core Modules:
Creative Writing Dissertation Project
Beyond Text: Advanced Dramatic Writing
Optional Modules:
Drama Production Projects
Experiments with Form
Special Study: Narrative Techniques in Popular Fiction
Special study: Staging the Nation Identity Politics in Contemporary Drama
Popular Performance II: Cabaret and Variety
Special Study: Scriptwriting
Special Study: Tragedy, Catastrophe, Trauma

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