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Drama (Scriptwriting)

For information on the wider BA Drama degree to which this pathway belongs please click here.

The Scriptwriting specialism gives you an opportunity to develop your own writing voice.  You will have the opportunity to write scripts in many different forms, theatre, film, radio and TV. The development of your scriptwriting benefits from your immersion in the Drama course. Because of the performing, drama element you have a holistic understanding of what it means to write dramatic stories.

Your studies are enhanced in a variety of ways. You will have access to Northumbria and Live Theatre’s Writer in Residence scheme as well as many other visiting experts.  The Northumbria/Alphabetti Theatre script competition allows the winner to see their short script produced and the final year on the course sees all students given an opportunity to have their work read in a professional showcase event.

In addition to your study, students on the Scriptwriting pathway meet every week to share their work-in-development in a regular, informal workshop programme. The students have a thriving Scriptwriting Society and Drama Society, both of which have produced a number of student plays, radio broadcasts and webcasts and many students have written and produced plays and films both within and outside the formal programme.

Recent students have achieved notable successes including commissions at Live Theatre, Northumberland Theatre Company, Theatre of Comedy and The Maltings Theatre. 

Students have gone on to work as professional writers, producers, script editors as well as using their excellent communication skills for a variety of quite different careers, in teaching, PR, marketing and human resources.

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