Drama and Creative Writing - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 104

UCAS code: WW48

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

The BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by published authors and staff with extensive professional theatre experience.

  • Opportunities to perform your own work in theatre productions all over Liverpool
  • Paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability
  • Three-day residential writers’ retreat at a country house in rural Wales
  • Guest lectures from practising writers and performers
  • More theatres, cinemas, literary events, arts centres, galleries and museums than any city outside London

The workshops made the biggest difference to me. Nobody gets it right with their first draft but that’s the point; to redraft and get closer and closer to perfection.

Recent graduate

As well as being able to perform and write in your preferred genre, you will learn stage management and direction, capitalising on our extensive links with theatres and industry practitioners.

Work-related learning

Work-related learning is vital in preparing you to enter the world of work and our extensive links with organisations in the local community and beyond mean that you will have plenty of work placement options to choose from.

This work could be paid or on a voluntary basis and could be within or outside the performing arts industries. It provides an invaluable opportunity to practise the skills you have learnt during the course and gain professional experience that will add real value to your CV.

Other work-related learning opportunities could be in the form of specialist advice and practical classes in audition and interview technique or study and research into other areas of work such as teaching, administration and marketing.

The Writer at Work module at Level 6 is an excellent opportunity to meet visiting professional writers and performers and pursue your own individually tailored projects. For instance, you could organise a poetry festival, place the idea for a novel with a literary agent or plan the production of a film.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

If you decide to join the Drama and Creative Writing degree course, you will become part of a lively and creative group of individuals who value teamwork and peer support.

Your tutors’ ‘open door’ policy means you can seek help and guidance at any time and you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic progress and deal with any concerns that you might have during your time at LJMU.

Course details

If you have a love of both theatre and writing, this BA (Hons) degree offers you an insight into what it takes to become a playwright, poet, short story writer, screenwriter, actor, stage manager, producer or director.

There are few better places to study Drama and Creative Writing than Liverpool, with its many theatres and a rich tradition of producing some of the country’s best-known playwrights. 

You will have an opportunity to write in your preferred genre and to perform, of course, but you will also learn stage management and direction, specialising as the degree progresses. This is a practice-orientated course with a very successful retention rate and run by staff with professional theatre experience as well as published writers.

LJMU’s strong links with theatres, TV companies, publishers and arts organisations mean that you will have a wide choice of work placement opportunities, as well as being able to collaborate on some creative projects.

Our partners include:

  • the Unity Theatre
  • Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
  • Vogue
  • Off the Ground Theatre
  • Spike Theatre
  • Splatterfest
  • Liverpool FC
  • Culture Company
  • Ullaloom
  • FourFourTwo Magazine
  • Lime Pictures
  • BBC
  • ITV
  • Granada
  • Tmesis Theatre
  • Ginsberg Poetry Workshop, New York

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Spontaneous Theatre
  • Theatre: The Big ideas
  • Acting Skills 
  • Introduction to poetry
  • Introduction to scriptwriting
  • Introduction to prose    
Level 5
  • Creating theatre
  • Performance: The big ideas
  • Screen 1
  • Treatment and screenplay
  • The fantastic
  • Approaching your novel
  • Short prose
  • Poetry writing workshop: form and substance
  • Short story 1
  • Dramatic writing for radio and stage
  • Study year abroad
  • The Drama Specialist
  • Page to Stage - reading the play
  • Options in practice
  • Technical Theatre

Level 6
  • Drama at work
  • Drama reflection
  • Directing the play
  • Drama Festival
  • Researching Drama
  • Festival planning
  • Prose portfolio 1 / 2
  • Independent study in Creative Writing
  • Writer at Work
  • Writer at Work the project
  • Poetry writing workshop: advanced
  • Poetry 1
  • Poetry writing workshop: advanced poetry 2
  • Advanced screenwriting
  • Screenplay portfolio
  • Digital writing

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is delivered via a combination of practical and workshop classes, lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. Private study and research is an important aspect of degree-level study and so you will be expected to spend about 50% of your time working independently, when preparing an essay or seminar paper.

At Level 4 there will be an opportunity to spend three days on a writers’ residential at an idyllic country house in Wales where you can really hone your writing skills and get to know your fellow students and tutors. 

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your Drama tutors have professional theatre experience in acting, directing and script writing, and/or significant research and academic experience. All Creative Writing staff are practising, published, produced and performed writers whose work reaches across four continents and 12 different countries. Their work has been officially recognised by the Research Excellence Framework. The retention rate on this course is high, which is testament to the skill and dedication of our staff team.

Assessment and feedback

This degree is 65% practical and 35% theory and this is reflected in the way you are assessed in each module.

Practical assessments could be in the form of:

  • original, creative work in poetry, playwriting, prose and screenplay
  • presentations (performing in or directing a show)
  • a pitch (selling your ideas)
  • a treatment (a précis of your creative work)
  • painting a set, 
  • designing lights or costumes

Theoretical assessments could be:   

  • exams
  • essays
  • logs
  • commentaries
  • seminar presentations
  • class tests,
  • viva voces 
  • portfolio work

Constructive feedback is always useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work, and this is provided either online, in writing or at a one-to-one meeting with your tutor.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

104

Application and selection

All applicants should possess the following essential criteria:     

  • You will have a strong desire to develop your breadth and depth of reading fiction and/or poetry, and/or a strong interest in film, theatre, or radio.
  • You will have a desire to write in different forms and genres and be open to the idea that, through reading and writing and studying the craft of writing, you can become a better writer.
  • Evidence of an enthusiastic and sustained interest in Drama.*
  • Good performance skills: vocal, physical and intellectual.*   

*These qualities will be assessed through an interview and an audition for Drama after having initially been assessed from your UCAS application. Your initial UCAS application will inform our decision on whether to offer you an interview and audition, but will by no means wholly inform our decision on whether to offer you a place to study Drama or not. Therefore, any information that you can give on your UCAS form which allows us to get a sense of how you manage your time, how engaged you are with external activities and how proactive you have been in seeking out interesting challenges (of all sorts!) and creative engagements would be very useful as they will inform the above-mentioned essential criteria. 

Drama Audition and Interview Criteria 

Solo Audition - We'll be looking for:     

  • Vocal presence: How well you deliver your piece and what light, shade and emphasis you sustain.
  • Interpretation: How well you create the character, deliver the role and interpret the text and its meaning.
  • Performance: How effectively you "hold" your audience. You should exhibit confidence, clarity and vitality. 

Workshop Audition - We'll be looking for:    

  • Ensemble skills: How well you work with other people in a group - are you co-operative and proactive?
  • Creativity: What creative qualities did you bring to the group? Did you generate ideas and suggestions? 

Seminar Interview - We'll be looking for:     

  • Presence: How well you listened to others and made rational and supportive contributions.
  • Critical ability: How well you knew your subject area.
  • Academic potential: Do your grades or predictions marry with your performance when discussing Theatre
  • Commitment: What evidence did you supply to show that you are keen to study at LJMU?    

Further information about the Drama audition and interview process can be found at: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/applicant-login/interviews-auditions-and-aptitude-tests/faculty-of-arts-professional-and-social-studies

GCSE and equivalents

  • •Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Prefer English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D from a relevant subject area if no other Level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM from a relevant subject area if no other Level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject - (preferably including English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature at Level 3)

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points preferably including Grade 5 in a ‘Language A’ subject at Higher Level in ‘Studies in language and literature’

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS tariff points including 5 Highers preferably including English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature at Higher level

Additional entry requirement information

Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Before an offer is made, promising applicants are selected and must attend for interview, workshop and solo audition. Candidates receive written feedback. Video/DVD auditions will be accepted from overseas candidates.

IELTS

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Graduates in Drama and Creative Writing have a good record of obtaining jobs not just in the arts but also in marketing, public relations and a wide range of other professions.

This BA (Hons) degree equips you with key transferable skills in performance, presentation and interpersonal communication – all of which are highly valued by employers. 

One recent graduate became the Chief Executive of the National Youth Theatre, another is an actor who has regular lead parts on TV, most notably in the BBC's 'Little Dorrit' Channel 4's 'The Promise' and Sky's 'Going Postal'. She also completed 'Season of the Witch' with Nicolas Cage. Another student played Hamlet for the RSC and other alumni are successful actors, playwrights and directors at venues such as the National Theatre, The Traverse Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse as well as marketing consultants, community workers and arts officers.

Some have published novels, while others have gone on to work for publishing houses or taken up editorial positions on newspapers or magazines.

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International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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