University of Reading
Creative Writing and Film and Theatre BA (Hons)
University of Reading

Key Course Facts

Salary

Salary of Graduates in Drama & Theater

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Creative Writing at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £22500 £27500
25-75 percentile range £16500 - £25000 £17000 - £26000 £20000 - £33000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Drama & Theater

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20905 £17964 £21335
25-75 percentile range £18192 - £25017 £12836 - £22435 £15876 - £27041

Course Description

Develop and hone your writing skills, and explore the important relationships between film and theatre, in our BA Creative Writing and Film & Theatre course.

Taught jointly by the Department of English Literature and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, this multi-faceted course will:

  • develop your creative writing in a small-group environment
  • explore a variety of literary, dramatic and film texts
  • provide practical and theoretical approaches to film and theatre.

Creative writing, film and theatre complement each other perfectly. Developing characters and narratives in your creative writing, and working to improve and refine them, will make you a better writer. This will enhance your ability to create compelling characters and narratives in your filmmaking and theatre work.

Creative writing

Creative writing allows you to explore your creativity from all angles: creating characters, shaping poems, drawing on your imagination. We are ranked 11th for Creative Writing in the Complete University Guide 2023.

We offer a specially curated group of English literature modules, which are designed to complement your creative writing. You’ll gain knowledge of a variety of literary, dramatic and film texts, from a range of different periods. The course aims to foster your independent thinking, using the close reading and analytical skills that are fundamental to English literature, film and theatre.

Your learning environment

Modules are taught by practising, published authors who have strong links with professional writing communities. We regularly invite published authors to read from their work and participate in teaching.

We’ll help you develop your creative writing skills in a variety of settings:

  • lectures concentrate on specific, practical issues such as how to construct a character or tackle a specific literary form
  • seminars involve small group discussions, led by one of the teaching team, with short practical writing exercises
  • workshops allow you to explore and develop your writing in small peer groups.

Creative community

Outside the classroom, you can share your ideas with the University’s creative writing group, Scribblers, which is run by and for students from across the University.

You will also have the opportunity to publish your work – and gain experience in editing and publishing – by participating in our online creative magazine.

Film and theatre

Your film and theatre modules will allow you to explore your passion for both mediums. You’ll also have the opportunity to study modules in television.

During your studies, you will:

  • examine critical approaches to film, theatre and television
  • have the opportunity to develop your practical and technical skills
  • discover how theatre, film and television have been affected by different social and historical contexts.

You’ll be introduced to film and theatre from across the world and study narrative traditions from both theoretical and practical perspectives. This will enable you to understand how theoretical ideas are applied to, and have an impact on, the creative process. You’ll watch, interpret and debate a wide range of film, theatre and television.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake selected group-based practical work, which will help you develop your creativity, storytelling and practical skills, and you’ll learn in the dynamic, fully-equipped spaces of Minghella Studios.

Placements with BA Creative Writing and Film & Theatre

Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take a placement module in film, theatre and television, on languages and literature in heritage, in education, and in the media.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Creative Writing and Film and Theatre BA (Hons) at University of Reading

25% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Sales occupations
10% Finance Professionals
5% Elementary occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Customer service occupations
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Finance Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Creative Writing

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 7

We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).

TOEFL (iBT) 100

We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.

Cambridge English Advanced

We require a grade A or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.

Cambridge English Proficiency

We require a grade C or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.

PTE Academic 76

We require a minimum score of 76 overall with at least 64 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).

Institution's Own Test

Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).

Trinity ISE

Only ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.


Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Creative Writing and Film and Theatre, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Creative Writing and Film and Theatre BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £22350 year 1
International £22350 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Reading in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Reading in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #14 
    • #17 
    Creative Writing
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

Languages & Literature

    • #41 
    • #51 
    English
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

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About University of Reading

The University of Reading is a publicly funded university in Reading, Berkshire, England. Reading has four major campuses; London Road and Whiteknights campus which are located in Reading itself, with Greenlands campus being found on the banks of the River Thames. The fourth campus is known as Iskandar Puteri, in Malaysia.

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