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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing degree will provide you with experience across a range of different forms and genres, including short stories, screenplays, poetry, drama and novels.

With employability in mind, you will take modules in writing for the workplace, research and archiving, as well as the opportunity to write a major piece of work under the supervision of a published writer which could lead to publication.

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

UCAS Course & Joint Honours Pathway 

BA Creative Writing
UCAS Code: W801
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BA Classical Civilisation & Creative Writing
UCAS Code: CCW1
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BA Creative Writing & English
UCAS Code: QW38
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BA Creative Writing & Heritage
UCAS Code: CWH1
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BA Creative Writing & History
UCAS Code: HCW1
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BA Creative Writing & Philosophy
UCAS Code: WV85
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BA Creative Writing & Publishing
UCAS Code: 5RW2
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BA Creative Writing with Education Studies
UCAS Code: 385V
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BA Creative Writing with Foundation Year
UCAS Code: CRF1
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BA Journalism  & Creative Writing
UCAS Code: JCW1
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BA Communication Studies & Creative Writing
UCAS Code: CSC1
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Course Length:
3 years
part-time study available

Why choose this course?

  1. Academically and creatively challenging we aim to nurture your creative talent across a range of different forms - including short stories, screenplays, poetry, drama and novels.
  2. We give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the world of publishers focusing on your research and editing skills and exploring key aspects of publication.
  3. As all publishers and businesses agree clear writing skills are essential for any creative writer - and equally crucial to any career.
  4. We take an immersive approach to learning, offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions. 
  5. You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Alongside the form and genre options, you will take modules in research and archiving, following which you will create a major piece of work which may lead to publication. Throughout your three years you will have regular contact with, and support from, a range of different writers. 

Workshop sessions will be held within which you will be encouraged to discuss your work with your community of fellow writers. Your tutor will support you in preparing your work for publication and advise on places to approach. Alongside one-to-one tuition, you will also take modules on different aspects of the writing industry, including sessions on reviewing, editing and writing to brief.

There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can access their lecturers when needed. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to know their students on a first-name basis.

Modules

The modules offered on the foundation year focus on introducing you to University life and providing you with academic survival skills, such as academic writing skills, understanding literature, and research skills.

Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of creative writing generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues. Some of the areas of study include, for example, persuasive language, writing drama, writing fiction and poetry, and how to work towards publication. Options to study abroad may also be available, as well as one-to-one tuition with writers.

A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, English, Classics, Philosophy, Anthropology, or any of our other Humanities subjects. You can view our full list of Humanities subjects here.

Assessment

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following types of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analyses, book reviews, short reports and reflective journals, timed tests, take-home exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Career and employment opportunities are very broad and include:

  • Administrative and managerial jobs 
  • Community Work
  • Freelance work such as copywriting, editing 
  • Independent and commissioned creative writing
  • Marketing and fundraising
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Writing for film, television and media
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Related Courses

BA English
UCAS Code: CCW1

BA Communication Studies
UCAS Code: QW38

BA Journalism
UCAS Code: CWH1

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