What you'll study

Focusing on using folklore, myth & poetry to create new work, you will learn the art of solo performance. Led by internationally recognised storyteller, Jan Blake, you will benefit from industry placements with professional practitioners.

Learn a wide range of skills whilst discovering how the resilience that you build as a storyteller & spoken word artist will prepare you for the many diverse spaces in which this work can be applied, as a tool for transformation, beyond the stage.

 

Storytelling and Spoken Word

Why choose this course?

Unlock the dynamic power of words spoken with purpose

From storytelling to slam poetry, research the history & application of these performing arts, whilst immersing yourself in the orality of your own & other cultures.

Discover your innate storytelling abilities

Using your voice, your body, music rhythm & song, build the confidence and resilience required to stand alone on stage as you use imagination & words to paint pictures & create worlds in the minds of the listener.

Create your own work

Write & dynamically perform your own poetry. Explore choose and create your own repertoire of stories. Build your own shows, speak your truth.

Storytelling for social change

Realise and experience the contemporary political power of traditional folktales and spoken word narratives as tools for societal change and the nature of imagination & words in envisioning and creating new stories.

Co-create and perform in your own spoken word festival

Learn, from industry professionals, the skills of curation, production, and successful delivery of professional storytelling & spoken word events.

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Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed to make it relevant & current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Year 1

  • Understanding of personal attributes, aptitudes and creative abilities to work in the fields of Storytelling and Spoken Word
  • Understanding and applying practical ideas and concepts
  • Understanding and applying critical theory to both creative and intellectual practices
  • Understanding a range of (praxis) research methods that can be applied across multiple materials and ways of thinking in order to generate ideas
  • Working within and across multiple disciplines
  • Personal resilience and drive
  • Respecting others, with particular reference to creating spaces which are inclusive, diverse and accessible
  • Presenting, explaining and exploring ideas within a specific context

Year 2

The programme will continue developing the specialisms introduced in Level 4 and allow students to develop their skills and practice in new ways. Where Level 4 focused on the individual and their relationship to an artistic practice, Level 5 focuses on working with other – both as a leader (with Group Facilitation) and as a co-worker (with Group Devising).

Group Facilitation and Devising will be taught at both Sidcup campus and The Albany. Alongside this creative practice, all SSW students will complete an apprenticeship/observationship/work placement with and at a relevant local company (The Albany, Apples & Snakes, Crick Clack Club, etc).

For Activating Change, students plumb deeper into making history and theory come to life, co-hosting the Open Talks Series (with TSC) and creating syllabi and teaching classes based on their specific area of interest. Towards the end of Level 5, students develop a proposal for their independent research project (IRP) which is to be completed at Level 6.

There will be an optional Study Abroad in Level 5, with locations TBC, but this would mean substituting coursework on Group Devising, a shortened Work Placement, and an Alternative Timescale for delivery of work in Activating Change.

Programme Level 5 Learning Themes:

  • Developing a creative practice anchored in collaboration, group facilitation and group devising
  • Exploring and applying practical ideas and concepts both individually and in interdisciplinary groups
  • Applying a range of (praxis) research methods across multiple materials and ways of thinking in order to generate ideas
  • Refining the ability to work with others within and across multiple disciplines and contexts (group facilitation, professional work places, etc)
  • Personal resilience and drive
  • Respecting others, with particular reference to creating spaces which are inclusive, diverse and accessible
  • Exploring, presenting, explaining ideas within a specific professional context

Year 3

At Level 6, students further develop their own specialist practice and complete both an independent creative project and a creative research project.

All students will also complete a year-long Work Placement / Apprenticeship with a relevant company. The capstone, public-facing project for SSW will be in the creation of a Festival (at The Albany) which features the full cohort of artists, producing and run by SSW.

Students will also complete their dissertation, working alongside other PECE students. All classes at Level 6 are focused on students developing final works across the studied disciplines, with students across PECE sharing guest lectures, workshops, mentorship.

Programme Level 6 Learning Themes:

  • Demonstrating creative abilities to work in a clearly defined mode of practice
  • Demonstrating production abilities to create, market and run a Festival/tourable group project
  •  Demonstrating practical skills and competencies both individually and in groups at a professional level
  • Demonstrating specific (praxis) research methods within a self-defined research context
  • Working at a professional level for self and with others
  • Demonstrating respect through supporting, mentoring and setting professional standards of working across the college
  • Presenting, explaining and exploring ideas within a specific professional context at an advanced level
  • Personal Resilience

Teaching and assessment methods

  • In your first year, you will complete around 320 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 880 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios.
  • In your second year, you will complete around 180 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1020 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios.
  • In your third year, you will complete around 60 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1140 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios.

Programme specification

The BA (Hons) Storytelling & Spoken Word is a 3-year programme with a total of 360 credits, with 120 credits each at Levels 4, 5 and 6. To increase access, and pool of suitable candidates we are working towards two additional unique aspects of the course: 1).

We would like to offer a 4-year, part time offer for students who may wish to study this way, staggering Performance, Production and Activating Change classes. We would also like to develop a method by which a qualified student, with a CertHE from another BA programme, can apply to join the programme at Level 5.

Your future career

This course will prepare you for your professional life as a performance  storyteller & spoken word artist, a field in which there is a diversity of opportunity for employment. Storytelling is experiencing a boom worldwide, seen as a useful tool and skill in consulting, communications and coaching. A storyteller’s skills are increasingly prized in management, marketing, innovation, training and education.

Careers options

Studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. Our graduates will be ideally placed to go on to become:

  • Theatre makers - performers, producers and directors
  • Community arts project leaders
  • Creative practitioners and leaders in Arts organisations
  • Facilitators in the creative and cultural sector
  • Festival and Event specialists and leaders
  • Actors, entertainers, musicians and presenters
  • Arts officers, producers and directors
  • Teaching and other educational professionals
  • Archivists and curators
  • Authors and Writers
  • Activists and cultural organisers

Meet the staff

Storytelling and Spoken Word Jan_Blake
Jan Blake

Programme Director for BA Storytelling and Spoken Word

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How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland and international applicants

For 2023 entry, please apply via UCAS by the UCAS deadline on 25th January 2023 to guarantee an audition.

Institution code: R51

Course code: W412

64 UCAS points*

This is equivalent to two Cs at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.

*We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points if we have evidence of your potential from your application or the workshop and discussion.

Workshop audition process

The application process for this course involves a workshop and discussion.

There is no charge for participation in the workshop.

Auditions

Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

September 2023

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2022 Entry)

Fees for 2023 entry have not been published yet.

UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)

£9250

International students (Fee per year)

£18900

Funding and Support Additional Costs