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Drama and Creative Writing

  • UCAS code WW48
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2021

The course

By combining the study of Creative Writing with Drama, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how theatre performance and creative writing interact - whether you specialise as a playwright, or choose to take the poetry or fiction options in creative writing.

Choosing to study Drama at Royal Holloway will put you at the centre of one of the largest and most influential Drama and Theatre departments in the world. You'll create performances, analyse texts, and bring a range of critical ideas to bear on both. On this course the text and the body, thinking and doing, work together. There's no barrier between theory and practice: theory helps you understand and make the most of practice, while practice sheds light on theory. By moving between the two, you'll find your place as an informed theatre-maker, and by studying a variety of practices, by yourself and with others, you'll get knowledge of the industry as a whole, and learn how your interests could fit into the bigger picture.

We are top-rated for teaching and research, with a campus community recognised for its creativity. Our staff cover a huge range of theatre and performance studies, but we're particularly strong in contemporary British theatre, international and intercultural performance, theatre history, dance and physical theatre, and contemporary performance practices.

Studying Creative Writing at one of the UK's most dynamic English departments will challenge you to develop your own critical faculties. Learning to write creatively, you'll develop your own writing practice.

Course units are taught by nationally and internationally known scholars, authors, playwrights and poets who are specialists in their fields who write ground-breaking books, talk or write in the national media and appear at literary festivals around the world.

  • Complementary disciplines for the aspiring playwright.
  • Explore creative skills including dance or puppetry.
  • Assessment through performance and coursework.
  • Specialise in different literary forms: poetry, playwriting or fiction.
  • Build a portfolio, creating, critiquing and shaping your own artistic work.

in the UK for performing arts

Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019 (Drama, Theatre and Dance)


for research intensity

Source: Complete University Guide, 2020 (Drama, Theatre and Dance)


in the UK for creative writing

Source: Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020 (English)


overall student satisfaction

Source: National Student Survey, 2019 (English)

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