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BA in Theatre and Creative Writing

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 22,379

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
The Theatre and Creative Writing BA is ideal if you want to learn more about the richness of theatre past and present, while incorporating your passion for creative writing.
  • On the theatre side of your degree, you’ll develop creative skills in a range of practices such as acting, applied practice, devising/theatre making, digital theatre, musical theatre, physical theatre and writing for performance.
  • On the creative writing side of the course, you’ll get to explore a number of writing styles including journalism, screenwriting, comedy writing, short stories and the contemporary novel.
  • You’ll also grow your knowledge through an understanding of the concepts and models used in the practice and study of theatre, together with the themes and techniques used by historic and contemporary authors.
  • By studying at Brunel you’ll become part of a rich community of creative students, artists and academics and have a variety of opportunities to collaborate through, for example, acting, theatre making, writing and production.
  • You’ll learn in Brunel’s purpose-built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (AA), which includes a main theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.
  • AA facilities regularly host Arts@Artaud nights showcasing new music, film, creative writing and drama presented by Brunel students.
  • Established links with the creative industries offer plenty of opportunities to hear from guest speakers and alumni on campus. Off campus, Brunel’s easy access to central London helps to facilitate regular class trips to see West End productions and other events.
  • For your professional development, the option of a work placement year is an unmissable opportunity to find out where your interests lie and to increase your attractiveness to future employers.
  • Students from the course have completed placements in a variety of organisations including the London’s Park Theatre, Rose Wisksteed Casting, The Vaults, Unicorn Theatre, Icarus Theatre Company, and the Grieg City Academy.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • The Theatre and Creative Writing BA is both an academic and a practical course that provides you with the opportunity to tailor your studies according to your interests in theatre and creative writing. There is a range of optional modules in both disciplines from which you can choose as you develop as a creative.
  • Please see the link below for more information on the compulsory and optional modules offered throughout the course for each pathway. The dropdown menus further below offer information on the content of the modules.
  • Programme Specification

Please note you must choose one of the year 3 compulsory modules listed below.

  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4 to 7 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

  • DR1615 Perspectives 1
  • DR1604: Ensemble Production
  • CW1800 Introduction to Writing Fiction
  • CW1801 Introduction to Writing Drama
  • CW1802 Introduction to Writing Poetry
  • CW1803 Workshop Diary


  • DR1607 Applied Drama Practice 1: An Introduction
  • DR1612 Physical Theatre 1: Between Dance and Theatre
  • DR1616 Theatre Making 1
  • DR1617 Digital & Technical Theatre
  • DR1613 Musical Theatre 1
  • DR1601 Acting: Essential Skills

Year 2

  • DR2608 Perspectives


  • DR2601 Acting: Beyond Naturalism
  • DR2613 Writing 2: Experiments in Language for Performance
  • DR2602 Applied Drama 2: Project
  • DR2614 Physical Theatre 2: Performance and Embodiment
  • DR2607 Digital Performance 2
  • DR2612 Musical Theatre 2: Histories, Practices and Theories
  • DR2619 Theatre Making 2
  • EN2603 - Writing Contemporary Poetry
  • EN2017 - Writing the Short Story
  • EN2019 Screenwriting
  • EN2606 - Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Year 3


  • DR3614 Final Production
  • DR3608 Written Dissertation
  • EN3000 Creative Writing Special Project
  • DR3620 Anti-Racism and Performance


  • DR3601 Perspectives 3: Battling with Ideas
  • DR3617 Advanced Physical Theatre 3
  • DR3612 Advanced Musical Theatre 3
  • EN3028 - Writing Modern Fiction
  • EN3029 - Writing Comedy
  • EN3612 Writing Poetry for Performance
  • AH3600 - Psychogeography
  • DR3618 Advanced Acting
  • DR3619 Digital Performance and Technology 3
  • CW3600 - Writing Film and Television
  • EN3618 - Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers
  • DR3615 New Writing: Page to Stage
  • EN3613 - The Creative Industries
  • UK 
  • £9,250 full-time 
  • £6,935 part-time 
  • £1,385 placement year
  • Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. 
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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