University of Essex

University of Essex

Playwriting

This course offers students the opportunity to develop as a playwright, by learning with professional dramatists. Students produce a varied portfolio of dramatic works, culminating in a full-length original play, which enables them to hone and develop their own unique voice. Our students study and practice the principles of dramatic structure and scene construction, explore the origins and possibilities of poetic theatre and verse drama, develop radio drama, and learn about techniques for working as a playwright with youth and community groups. At the end of the course students work will be rehearsed and given a public performance in the Lakeside Theatre at our Colchester Campus. The dissertation gives students the chance to write a full-length play with one-to-one supervision from an award-winning playwright tutor. This course will be of interest to those who wish to pursue a career in many areas of the arts, creative writing and media. It can lead to further study at PhD level and careers in higher education or teaching at other levels of education.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant area. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, with 6.5 in writing..

Course modules

Core modules: Dramatic structure; playwriting in the community; writing radio drama; research methods in literary and cultural analysis; dissertation; memory maps (practices in psychogeography); poetic practice; writing the novel.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,950 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,475 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (England) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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