Taught course

Playwriting

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above

Months of entry

October

Course content

Develop as a playwright by learning with professional and award-winning dramatists. On our MA Playwriting you produce a varied portfolio of dramatic works, culminating in a full-length original play, which will enable you to hone and develop your own unique voice.

At Essex, we believe that the joint engagement of practice and theory produces a deep understanding of how drama works. We combine critical study of dramatic texts with practical workshops, so that you nurture your understanding of the playwright’s craft in order to produce your own new work.

Our course focuses on the range of possibilities that exist for contemporary drama, with an emphasis on British and Irish drama, and you also explore topics including:

  • The principles of dramatic structure and scene construction (dialogue, the construction of plot, the development of character, development of themes, and the structure of scenes)
  • Techniques for working as a playwright with youth and community groups
  • The origins and possibilities of poetic theatre and verse drama
  • Options for poetic practice or novel-writing
  • Radio drama

At the end of the course your work will be rehearsed and given a public performance in the Lakeside Theatre at our Colchester Campus. Your dissertation gives you the chance to write a full-length play with one-to-one supervision from an award-winning playwright tutor.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015), and three-quarters of our research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.5 in writing

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872 719