BA Creative Writing (Joint Honours)

Creative Writing - BA (Joint Honours)

Key Facts

UCAS Codes:

J42W: BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

QW38: BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

D3K2: BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Media​

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Education

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Blog Post


A Day in the life of an English & Creative Writing Student.
Jess Shelley - Second Year English and Creative Writing Student.
 

Course Overview

​​T​​he study of Creative Writing at Cardiff Met forms part of the ​BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme​ within​​ the Cardiff School of Education.​

The Creative Writing element of your degree will develop your thinking through textual and practical exploration, and equip you with a wide variety of writing skills and methodologies in relation to different genres (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction, etc.).

You will be encouraged to consider textual influence and experiment with different styles. At the core of the degree is your development as a writer and the honing of skills that you can use to find jobs in a variety of creative industries such as publishing, journalism and marketing. 

You'll cultivate your individual voice and writing style through revision and editing, and share your writing and thinking with your fellow students in a supportive and evaluative environment. We encourage and support our students to seek publication and to develop a writing portfolio for prospective employers.

You can combine Creative Writing with the following subjects and graduate with the following named degree:

  • ​BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing (J42W)

  • BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing (QW38)

  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Media​ (D3K2)

 Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry

Course Content

In addition to the specialist Creative Writing​ modules all students also undertake core modules. These are designed to help you develop academic and research skills required for successful study within higher education, and to help you both to explore future options for employment and to develop employability skills.

Year One:​​

The Creative Writing modules are taught by published authors who have hands-on experience of writing for publication:

Writing Stories

​In this year-long module students will initially explore the foundations of what makes good fiction writing. This is done through reading exciting, contemporary texts as well as weekly workshops where students are tasked with interesting as well as practical exercises to flex their creative muscles and to develop good habits in basic prose composition. Integral to this process is the practice of giving and receiving critique and constructive feedback which enables a student to grow as a writer. By the end of the module students walk away confident in their abilities to create a an exceptionally solid piece of prose fiction.

What our students say:

"Gives me inspiration"

Writing Poetry​

 This year-long module is poetry as you've never seen it before. It is a unique take on poetry and poetics where all the possibilities of the art form are considered and students are strongly encouraged to experiment with the form to create pieces completely unique to their own voice and vision. This module is specifically designed to encourage students to express themselves freely and concisely and to develop the skills necessary to translate thought, emotion, and meaning into persuasive and emotive verse. This module is especially complimentary to the Writing Stories module as students learn to incorporate poetic technique into their prose, and narrative structure to their poetry. By the end of the module students will have written a small collection of well-honed, original, and exciting verse.​

Creative Non-Fiction

This module introduces students to writing about real life in a creative way.  All writers use their lives and the world around them to inspire and inform their own creative writing.  This module will explore the foundations of creative non-fiction.  The module will introduce students to creative non-fiction texts and writing exercises aimed at developing and honing writing techniques.  This module will also introduce students to concepts and issues relating to writing process.  Students will explore how, why and what writers are trying to do when they construct a text​.

Core modules:

Skills for Success in Higher Education (10 credits)

This module will help you develop an awareness of the essential skills required for successful academic engagement, including the skills of writing for different audiences, presenting, referencing and accessing/using online resources. You will be encouraged to develop critical self-reflection skills which will enable you to set targets for further academic development.

Developing work-based skills (10 credits)

Using lectures, e-lectures and workshops you will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for graduate level employment, including self-employment and entrepreneurship. You will evaluate your own skills and related career intentions and investigate opportunities and challenges with respect to employability.

​Year Two:

​Creative Writing modules

Urban and Contemporary Writing

 In this year-long module students are challenged with some of the most exciting and innovative writing being published today. The first term is dedicated to looking at literary ground-breakers and how their writing revolutionised the literary world. Each week students are tasked with a new writing exercise to develop their prose techniques and to master some of the more interesting forms of composition. In the second term students delve into the modern evolution of the novel and short story looking at new books and radical techniques almost as soon as they are penned. This module is unique, because it exposes the students to the cutting edge of modern writing while also giving them the freedom to experiment and truly hone their own literary voice. By the end of the module students are very secure in their own writing and are ready to produce work that is ready to be published

What our students say:

"Incredibly insightful and useful"

Scriptwriting

In this year-long module students are asked to explore the interesting, and extremely practical, world of scriptwriting. Cardiff is perfectly placed as the epicentre of Welsh media and with shows such as Dr. Who, Torchwood, and Sherlock all being written, produced, and filmed here, students have unique access to experts and opportunities within the scriptwriting community. With an eye to developing their skills in this area, this module will expose students to the techniques, styles, and opportunities that lie at the heart of writing for the performing community.

Digital Media Publishing

The module introduces the student to the practical skills necessary to construct a digital narrative, embracing ideas of multimedia and non-linearity. Students are introduced to various software, including PhotoShop, as well as sound and video editors. Week by week the students build their digital narratives, discussing both their own work but also engaging with each other's. Students are also introduced to some of the basic theory connected with digital narratives and stories.​

Core modules:

Work-related placement: managing yourself and others (10 credits)

Linked to a week-long placement in a work setting, this module aims to develop key employability skills. You will develop key communication skills relevant to employment in relevant professional contexts.  The placement takes place in a setting of your choice where possible, you will also have the opportunity to extend your placement by mutual agreement with providers.

An introduction to academic research (10 credits)

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key concepts relating to academic research and the research process so that you will have the requisite knowledge to enable you to conduct the extended independent project in your final year. In addition to generic content relevant to all students, you will receive support tailored toward your chosen subject.

Year Three:​

Creative Writing modules

Auto/biographical 'I'

 This module explores the blurred line between fiction and non-fiction.  It provides a literary overview and analysis of writing in the auto/biographical modes encompassing memoir, life-writing, diary-writing, biography, autobiography, creative non-fiction and fiction inspired by life.  In the module students will appraise a range of different twentieth and twenty first century texts while developing students' notions of the self and the project of self-writing;

What our students say:

 "Engaging, eye-opening and challenging."

Professional Practice in the Creative Arts

In this year-long module students are given the tools and the connections to become a professional in the creative arts. This may be as a novelist, poet, journalist, blogger, copy writer, editor, teacher, etc. Over the course of the year the students are visited by award-winning novelists and poets, editors from local presses, and professional journalists all with aim to making concrete connections within the literary and creative world. This is done through formal lectures as well as informal weekly meetings where students can approach the guests and have a chance to speak with them one on one. 

There are also open mic nights, trips to local literary events, and active interaction with other writers within the university community. In between visits from the esteemed guests and literary events, students will be given guidance and practice in techniques for presenting t​heir writing and skills in a professional and successful way. Unique to Cardiff Met, this module demonstrates the practical applications of a creative degree and enables every student to succeed within the rapidly evolving, and exciting creative sector.

Core Modules:

Independent Project (40 credits)

You will complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. This will enable you to demonstrate independence in your approach to research and enhance your project planning experience. You will receive guidance and support from a supervisor.​

Learning & Teaching

We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed upon small group work and individual learning needs identified through your Personal and Professional Development plan. You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout each year.

Assessment

We're committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, creative portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews and presentations​​.

Employability & Careers

Cardiff has one of the largest media and creative-industry sectors outside London, including BBC Wales, ITV Wales, S4C, BBC Radio Wales and Media Wales (walesonline.co.uk, the Western Mail and Echo). 

You will be well situated to draw upon a range of opportunities to combine theory with 'applied practice' and be supported and encouraged to develop a portfolio of highly valued skills and practices, putting you in a strong position when it comes to moving towards a career.

Our graduates pursue careers in professions such as writing (fiction, poetry, script), journalism, publishing, editing, media production, teaching, lecturing, PR, copywriting, advertising, video game production, web content generation, research, and the Civil Service. There is also significant scope to go on to further study at PGCE, Master's or PhD level.​

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

For further information on entry requirements and how to apply for the joint honours programme, please refer to the Joint Honours Course Overview.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk. ​

For course specific enquiries, please contact, Jane Dorrian
Email: jdorrian@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6576


Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms