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Theatre Studies and Creative Writing with Foundation Year

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subjects

Theatre studies

Creative writing

Do you want to see your stories on stage? Are you fascinated by live performance and the written word? Are you eager to study in central London, at the heart of London's vibrant theatre and literary culture?

If so, the new BA Theatre Studies and Creative Writing with Foundation Year at Birkbeck is ideal for you. In a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, you will study with leading academics, theatremakers and celebrated published authors across the fields of fiction, poetry and drama.

You will investigate theatre and creative writing in all their aspects: as text, in performance, in their historical contexts, and through a range of techniques and ideas that have informed creative practice in different times and places.

You will get to grips with the craft of writing:

- drama

- poetry

- fiction

- screenwriting.

Before proceeding to the main degree, you will spend your Foundation Year preparing yourself for a degree in the arts by improving your study and research skills and gaining arts-related knowledge and understanding. You will also have the opportunity to take a language module as part of the Foundation Year.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time, evening study BA Theatre Studies and Creative Writing.

Our part-time Foundation Year degrees allow you to spread out your Foundation Year studies over two years. As the 'Foundation Year' is made up of 120 credits, as a part-time student you can take 60 credits in each of your first and second years before starting the main four-year BA Theatre Studies and Creative Writing. This means that you can take six years to complete the part-time degree with Foundation Year.

**Highlights**

- Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. They are ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you did not achieve the grades you needed for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.

- Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London - in Bloomsbury, WC1 - and writers and academics maintain strong links with publishers, broadcasters and the creative industries. You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts - and be taught by leading dramatists and artists. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space.

- You will be eligible to submit work to the annual Birkbeck creative writing journal, the Mechanics’ Institute Review, the Scratch Night as part of Birkbeck Arts Week, and to attend public events and performances curated by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.

- In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

- The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: research essays and exercises, creative writing exercises and portfolios, group presentations, performance presentations, group and individual vivas, and written portfolios.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£14,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

English, Theatre and Creative Writing

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

45%
low
Creative writing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Theatre studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
61%
IT resources
37%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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