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Mark Griffin
Mark Griffin

Head of Department - Humanities and Creative Industries
020 8240 4063

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BA Drama and Creative Writing develops your writing skills across a range of styles and genres. It also deepens your knowledge and understanding of writing as a profession in the UK creative economy.

Please note: Drama and Creative Writing is not currently taking applications for 2019/20 entry.

Why study Drama and Creative Writing?

Drama and Creative Writing will empower you with the necessary skills and knowledge to engage with the world around you through theatre-making and literature. Vocational modules and a comprehensive support system will prepare you for a career in the creative industries.

Graduates may progress on to postgraduate study or follow a career as a professional writer, teacher, journalist, arts administrator or academic.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s has outstanding vocational programmes in Drama and Creative Writing. Our graduates have established careers as writers and theatre-makers in a range of contexts.

If you are looking for progression routes, we offer postgraduate degrees in Creative Writing: First Novel, London Theatre and Playwriting.

Key facts

  • A vocational programme, preparing you for a future in the creative industries, or education, or further study and research
  • Taught by academics and published authors/playwrights
  • Opportunities for readings, performances and film production of your work
  • Taught on our London campus, with direct transport links to Waterloo station and located near to Heathrow Airport
Please note: Drama and Creative Writing is subject to validation.

Course content

Modules in this programme cover a range of broad topics – delivering practical classes to underpin the theory of Drama in Education and what affect it can have in a range of settings.

Year one

  • Contextual Studies 1: Acting in Theory and Practice 
  • Reading Across Literary Forms 
  • Writing Short Fiction 

Year two

  • Contextual Studies 2: Theatre History 
  • Performance 3: Devising 
  • Screenwriting One 
  • The Publishing Industry 

Year three

  • Creative Thinking and Theatre-Making 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The aim of this vocational degree programme is to prepare you for a future in the creative industries, education, or further study and research.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The programme is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and practical projects.

Assessment methods

There are a variety of modes of assessment including, essays, dissertation, presentations, practical work, creative portfolios and other creative outputs.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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