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Creative Writing - BA (Hons) Degree

 

Key Facts

UCAS Code: W800

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time. 

Course Overview

​The BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree will equip you with the skills needed to become a practicing writer.  You will learn how to write poems, stories, script and non-fiction using both traditional media and new technologies. As well as writing your own work, this course will give you the opportunity to sharpen and develop your creative skills through textual analysis, class discussions and peer-to-peer workshops. As you reflect upon your own writing, and that of others, you will learn to position your work in relation to social and cultural contexts. 

At each level, there will be a subject specific strand; a field strand which will include employability focused opportunities such as collaborative projects, certification and work-related placements; and a theory strand which will bring expertise from across the Humanities. In practice, this means that you will develop your knowledge of subjects like poetry and scriptwriting; gain the skills necessary for employment in the creative industries; and be able to underpin your work with relevant contemporary theories. 

This Creative Writing degree will provide a crucible for you to find your own direction as a creative artist. It will also encourage you to develop proficiency in the business of creative writing through its emphasis on enterprise and entrepreneurship. You will have the chance to put your ideas into practice and enable you to experience directly and reflect creatively on the practices of the creative industries and how you can succeed in them. 

This programme is subject to validation for September 2020 entry and the information provided may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality. 

Course Content

You will study core subjects including: 

• Fiction (Novel, Short Story and Genre Writing)
• Poetry (On and off the page)
• Creative Non-Fiction
• Writing for Performance (Script, Radio, TV and Stage)
• Digital Writing
• Approaches to marketing your work 

Year 1
Subject: Foundation Workshops (40 credits)
Field: Collaborations (40 credits)
Theory: Concepts (40 credits) 

Year 2
Subject: Intermediate Workshops (40 credits)
Field: Challenging Projects (40 credits)
Theory: Critiques (40 credits) 

Year 3
Subject: Masterclass (40 credits)
Field: Showcase and Curation (40 credits)
Theory: Contribution (40 credits)

Learning & Teaching

This course is delivered through writing workshops, lectures, tutorials, contact with industry professionals and production. 

During the course, you will actively practice various writing techniques and hone your literary style and creative abilities. There will also be individual portfolio meetings at which you can set targets and discuss progress.

Ever year, you will produce a portfolio of new work, learn how to write creatively for a specific audience, justify your creative decisions and explore your creative process.

You will be taught by practising writers and researchers with industry experience and publications in the relevant fields and study core subjects including: Fiction (Novel, Short Story and Genre Writing); Poetry (On and off the page); Writing for Performance (Script, Radio, TV and Stage); Digital Writing and Creative Non-Fiction. 

Assessment

Assessment is through coursework, assignments and presentations geared for publication, working in the industry and community settings. You will regularly be provided with written and verbal feedback and work closely with tutors.

Employability & Careers

Graduates from the BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree will be well placed to work as freelance writers; join literary, media and publishing companies; or work in the arts and cultural sectors. During the course there will be the opportunity to explore the varied role of the freelance writer from publication and commission through to working in distinct community settings (such as in therapeutic and educational contexts). 

The degree has a strong contemporary focus and provides highly valued employability skills. These skills form the foundation for careers in:

• Writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry or script)
• Publishing
• Editing
• Media production
• Teaching
• Lecturing
• Advertising
• PR
• Copywriting
• Video game production
• Web content generation
• Research
• Therapeutic writing 

You will also have the opportunity to advance to postgraduate study at either MA or PhD level. 

The transferrible skills associated with a degree in Creative Writing are invaluable, we promote confidence, an ability to organise and project mange creative output and to thrive in situations where transforming uncertainty into clear and manageable processes and outcomes is required.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Degree:
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 104 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 104 points from at least 2 A levels to include grades C; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM

  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 104 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades D

  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma     

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy. 

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here. 

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff. 

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview. 

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL. 

Mature students
A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

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 Meryl Hopwood:
Email: mhopwood@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: ​029 2041 6594



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