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BA (Hons) Writing for Performance

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
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Program description

BA (Hons) Writing for Performance

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn how to make socially engaged theatre while focusing on the role of the writer within a wide range of performance contexts. Students will participate practically with the processes of writing for performance, whilst also engaging with the different theories and practices of theatre making and performance. Building on its close relationship with the Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course, Writing for Performance focuses on socially engaged practice whilst introducing students to the dramaturgical skills of writing.

Admission requirements

3 A Levels at B (preferably including English, Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, Communications or Media Studies), or equivalent, 5 GCSEs at C or above (must include English). Applicants must also undertake an interview and have an IELTS score of 7.0 or more.

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Program content

Year 1 / Level 4 Overview. Year 1 is built around students having a variety of learning experiences that are focused on the acquisition of skills and knowledge. The year is experienced mainly in large groups where students learn the skills of debating, forming and communicating an opinion in speech and writing. Students engage with theatre and performance making experiences, lecture based sessions as well as studying and experiencing how applied theatre works in real contexts. At times, students on the Writing for Performance pathway will take specific classes that focus on the dramaturgical tools of writing for performance. 8 Year 2/ Level 5 Overview. Year 2 builds on year one and is more focused on smaller group projects as students work on units where they have the opportunity to work more intensively with a group on particular activities. Students are encouraged in the structure of the year to begin to indicate what they are most interested in through choice within units. This choice might be in terms of a practical project (where students can work on a studio production, a play writing project or a film making project) or in terms of small community focused projects (where students can enter into negotiation around a particular theme, issue or community with whom they wish to work.) Year 3/Level 6 Overview. Year 3 is where students begin to work as peer professionals in the industry and are able to focus the remainder of their degree on an area in which they are interested. The final practical work in which the students engage is in small self-selected groups, or in an individual playwriting project, running alongside an individual dissertation. Students finish the degree with a unit that plans their interests post graduation both in terms of the industry and also their own particular philosophical response to their study.

Tuition fees

Full tuition for EU students 27750 GBP/ 9250 GBP per year 

Full tuition for Non-EU students 63177 GBP/ 21413 GBP per year 

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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is part of the University of London and is widely regarded as one of the top training institutions for those wishing to work in the performing arts. Located in Swiss Cottage, north...

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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

62-64 Eton Avenue
NW3 3HY London
United Kingdom

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