About the BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing programme
BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing is more than just a creative writing degree.
Alongside short stories and novels, you will have the opportunity to learn how to write scripts for television, film, radio, games and comics, as well as non-fiction books and articles, developing a wide-ranging skillset and portfolio.
You will focus on creative writing in professional contexts, covering how to advance writing skills with topics such as plot structure and character development, alongside tailoring writing style and format to meet the requirements of specific publications and contexts.
You will be encouraged to view yourself as a freelance writer during the programme (although this is optional). Many of your assignments are designed so that you can directly submit them to professional companies for potential publishing or production.
You will also benefit from publishing and production opportunities in-house and through our industry contacts, for example we have had students’ short stories in professional anthologies, students’ scripts produced by our FD Television Production students, and students working as scriptwriters and journalists for Estuary TV (a TV channel that’s run directly from the university). Our students have also gained internships with local and national newspapers, magazines and publishers.
You will begin the degree with a love for writing and have the potential to graduate as a professional.
Applicants require 80 UCAS points (UCAS 2017 tariff). This equates to MMP or above at BTEC National Diploma, CCD at A-Level, or Merit on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media). Also, a minimum of grade 4 (A to C GCSE or Level 2) in English.
Alternatively, applicants may evidence their capability through samples of their writing and the satisfactory completion of an essay task, set at interview.
What you will learn
Year 1 (Level 4)
In your first year, you will study a range of writing specialisms. Introduction to Prose, Introduction to Scriptwriting for Film, Introduction to Scriptwriting for Radio, Introduction to Non-Fiction, The Writer and the Reader, and Research and Observation.
Year 2 (Level 5)
In your second year, you will begin to specialise, selecting your preferred mediums. You will also study narrative techniques and genre.
Core modules: Genre, Introduction to the Study of Narrative and The Principles of Narrative.
Optional modules: Prose, Scriptwriting for Film and TV, Scriptwriting for Sequential Art, Non-Fictional Specialist Writing and Game Narrative Design.
Year 3 (Level 6)
In your third year, you will specialise in your preferred medium and develop your Final Major Project, which may be, for example a novel, non-fiction book or feature film script. Alongside, there are complimentary modules to help you perfect your writing practice and break into the industry. Final Major Project, Market Research for Writers, Retrospection and Professional Practice.
Learning & Teaching Methods
Students will need to attend university two days a week. They will also need time for self-directed study and assessment completion, which can be done at home or at university to suit individuals’ commitments and preferences.
The Professional Writing degree is loved by its students and most of our applicants come to us through word-of-mouth.
In many larger universities, lectures to hundreds of students are a common delivery method, however our format is a lecture-seminar hybrid where smaller groups of students are involved directly in creative and academic exercises – this is known amongst education specialists to be more conducive to learning.
Students are also passionate about the degree because it teaches them to be better writers. Everyone who comes to us already has some writing talent, but through the programme they refine that talent. They learn how to improve their plot structures, their use of language, their characterisation. They explore different mediums that they never thought of writing for before – many students come to us wanting to write a novel, but leave with a completed feature film script because they’ve found a new direction. It’s an exciting process and even more so when their improved skills and new industry knowledge lead to them being professionally published.
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Any job that involves writing, for example: novelist, scriptwriter (for TV, film or radio), playwright, journalist, feature writer, copywriter, editor, proofreader, freelancer. You could also continue your education with a master’s degree or a teaching qualification.