BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

General

Program Description

Creative Writing

The study of Creative Writing at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.

The Creative Writing element of your degree will develop your thinking through textual and practical exploration, and equip you with a wide variety of writing skills and methodologies in relation to different genres (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction, etc.).

You will be encouraged to consider textual influence and experiment with different styles. At the core of the degree is your development as a writer and the honing of skills that you can use to find jobs in a variety of creative industries such as publishing, journalism and marketing.

You'll cultivate your individual voice and writing style through revision and editing, and share your writing and thinking with your fellow students in a supportive and evaluative environment. We encourage and support our students to seek publication and to develop a writing portfolio for prospective employers.

Drama

The study of Drama at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.

The Drama side of the degree introduces you to a range of theatre genres, playwrights and practitioners using both textual and practical exploration. You will be encouraged to consider the influences from which theatre is made, experiment with performance styles and analyse theatre practice. In addition, you have the opportunity to develop your own skills as a theatre maker, as both performer and director.

You will also explore how drama can be applied to a range of community and educational settings, which will complement your work-based placement in year two.

Learning & Teaching

We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed upon small group work and individual learning needs identified through your Personal and Professional Development Plan. You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout each year.

Sessions will be a mix of practical workshops, supervised rehearsal, individual tutorials and lectures. There are also one-to-one and group sessions with the department technician. This will allow you to benefit from the use of our fully-equipped drama studios in independent rehearsal sessions as well as during timetabled workshops.

Assessment

We're committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, creative portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews and presentations.

Employability & Careers

Cardiff has one of the largest media and creative-industry sectors outside London, including BBC Wales, ITV Wales, S4C, BBC Radio Wales and Media Wales (walesonline.co.uk, the Western Mail and Echo).

You will be well situated to draw upon a range of opportunities to combine theory with 'applied practice' and be supported and encouraged to develop a portfolio of highly valued skills and practices, putting you in a strong position when it comes to moving towards a career.

On completion of the course, there are various options available to you. You may wish to continue your academic study or pursue a career.
Academic routes include:

  • Apply for post-graduate study in acting, directing and community theatre
  • Secondary PGCE Drama Course at Cardiff Met
  • Primary PGCE Course a Cardiff Met

Career options include:

  • Associate posts with established theatre/art companies (eg. Education officer, marketing and administration)
  • Setting up of own community arts projects
  • Graduate entry positions in a range of industries.
Last updated October 2019

About the School

Located in an exciting, modern European capital city, Cardiff Metropolitan University is a global university. We are continually investing in our students' future and provide education and training op ... Read More

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