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Drama and Scriptwriting  BA (Hons)

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Image: Drama and Scriptwriting COURSE INFORMATION (2014 ENTRY)

3 years full-time

Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Squires Building, Newcastle City Campus

This Drama and Scriptwriting degree introduces you to a variety of scriptwriting forms culminating in an extended portfolio-writing project to kick-start your professional writer’s career. You will be involved in creating work collaboratively from the outset, both as a writer and performer. Imaginative, challenging projects are encouraged by a creative team of staff who work to enhance their artistic vision.

The course focuses on a variety of scriptwriting forms and different critical perspectives. You develop skills and understanding of the performing arts, including a range of ideas and creative writing techniques for writing and performing drama. Throughout the course you will acquire writing skills to embrace broadcast media and screenwriting.

The majority of assessment on this course is via practical coursework, through drama practice, scriptwriting, performance and technical skills as well as the continuous assessment of creative and artistic decision-making, and your contribution to collaborative work.

Recent graduates have become freelance writers and script editors for TV, with graduate scripts being performed at Live Theatre (Newcastle), Soho Theatre (London) and Contact Theatre (Manchester) as well as a recent graduate being taken onto the Royal Court Theatre Young Writer’s scheme.        


LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS

You will be taught in a range of different ways and in different contexts to inspire and support your learning. Much of your script-based work will involve writing workshops where you will work with a tutor and a group of students to develop your scripts. There will also be opportunities to consult one-to-one with your tutor in tutorials and you will be encouraged to share your work in rehearsed readings. 

The majority of the drama work will involve practical work in drama studios and theatres which will involve staff-guided explorations of key techniques and performance methods, and also rehearsals and production activity.

The most intensive periods of taught time will be in rehearsal periods where you will be making live work for an audience. You will also spend some time being taught in more conventional academic settings such as lectures and seminars. There will be opportunities to collaborate with staff and students in making work, while there will also be opportunities to develop work independently.


ASSESSMENT METHODS

The majority of assessment on this course is via practical coursework, through drama practice, scriptwriting to performance and acting skills, to technical skills as well as the continuous assessment of creative and artistic decision making, and your contribution to collaborative work.

The scriptwriting side will be mostly assessed through the submission of script extracts in various media (play, screenplay, radio and TV) and will sometimes be supported by evaluative writing.  For the Drama activities some assessment will take place within the drama studio, and some onstage in front of a public audience.

There is also a core of academic work which includes essays, evaluations and logbooks as well as oral presentation. There are no end-of-year formal examinations.


CAREERS

Recent graduates have become freelance writers and script editors for TV, with graduate scripts being performed at Live Theatre (Newcastle), Soho Theatre (London), Contact Theatre (Manchester) and Cloud Nine Theatre Company (Hexham) as well as a recent graduate being taken onto the Royal Court Theatre Young Writer’s scheme.

In the non-writing world we have a variety of routes for successful graduates. This degree also equips students to undertake postgraduate study and a number of students have gone on to do PGCE qualifications and progress to teaching.

Students on this course are supported and indeed required to engage in tasks with a focus on employability. In particular, between second year and third year students develop work independently which focusses on their specific aspirations and goals as emerging performers/practitioners. Feeding into this work are a range of guest speakers from theatre and script-related industries as well as key members of the Performing Arts team, most of whom continue to make work within an industry context as actors, directors, writers, choreographers and performance makers. There are always a range of opportunities arising from staff activities and staff contacts for students to engage with, and frequently employment opportunities arise from these points of contact.

Students to develop a range of skills transferable in many walks of life, including communication and presentational skills as well as leadership and organisational skills, and intellectual and analytical skills.We have graduates working in the NHS, as estate managers and in human resources.




 

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