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Creative Writing - BA (Joint Honours) Degree

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

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, creative nonfiction and more).

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 subject and graduate with the following named degree:

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

Course information on this page relates to 2021 entry.

Course Content

The Creative Writing modules are taught by published authors who have hands-on experience of writing for publication. Most modules will require students to write and bring work to regular workshop sessions. As well developing their own work, students will develop their skills as critics, givers of feedback and contributors to the creative processes of others.

Modules are designed to help students develop academic and research skills required for successful study within higher education. They are also focussed on helping students develop employability skills and explore future options for employment.


Year One​​ 

What Our Students Say

  • 'Exciting subject matter and a good range of materials to read'
  • 'Engaging teaching methods and plenty of space to workshop and write'
  • 'I really enjoy the structure of seminars and workshops and that we are always super well informed as to what is expected of us and how to be successful' 

Storycraft: Building Narrative
This module introduces students to the techniques of narrative construction. By focussing on short stories as exemplars of narrative building, students have opportunities to explore the techniques of well-established masters of the form as well as contemporary writers experimenting with new forms and new ideas. The course includes regular workshops to which all students will contribute by bringing new work and offering feedback to their peers.

Writing Poetry
This module offers a unique take on poetry and poetics where all the possibilities of the art form are considered. Students will study craft, form and poetic movements and will be encouraged to experiment in order to find their own poetic voice and vision. Students will learn, practice and reflect upon what it means to be a poet in the modern world by reading and analysing the work of contemporary poets. Through regular workshops, students will gain the skills required to write, draft and edit their own poetry while also giving feedback to their peers. 

Story Today: Writing in the Moment
This module focuses on the short story as a means of exploring the technical aspects of story-building. Students will be expected to experiment and extend their understanding of narrative creation and to develop an understanding of the short story in its contemporary context. Course content will be informed with contemporary fiction published in the year the course is delivered. Additionally, the opinions and advice of critics, Creative Writing specialists, and other writers will be incorporated into workshops so that students develop an understanding of quality and 'technique today'. Students will take part in regular peer-to-peer workshopping where they can develop their narrative story-building and editing skills. 


Year Two​

What Our Students Say 

  • 'There is a wide variety of different forms in which I can write which allows me to be as creative as possible and feels very freeing' 
  • 'The readings are well chosen and engaging and there is lots of room for discussion' 
  • '[This course is] pushing me outside of my comfort zone, making me write about something which makes me grow' 

Urban and Contemporary: Writing in the 20th Century
In this module, students will be challenged with some of the most innovative and socially transformative writers and literary movements of the 20th century. Students will consider literary responses to social, political and economic change from 1900 to 2000, considering issues such as race, gender, sexuality and digitalisation. They will read literary ground-breakers and explore how their writing revolutionised the literary world. Students will regularly be tasked with new writing exercises to develop their creative techniques and to master some of the more interesting forms of composition. Students' creative responses to Urban and Contemporary Writing may include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and travel writing. 

Digital Storytelling
The module introduces students to the practical skills necessary to construct a digital narrative, embracing ideas of multimedia and non-linearity. Students will learn how to combine traditional storytelling skills with a digital and interactive environment. Each week students will build their digital narratives, discussing both their own work but also engaging with each other's.  Students' creative responses may include interactive storytelling, games design and digital art. 

Urban and Contemporary: Writing in the 21st Century
This module encourages students to delve into the modern evolution of the novel, short story and poetry, looking at new books and radical techniques almost as soon as they are penned. This module is unique because it exposes 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 should feel secure in their own writing and feel ready to produce publishable work in their chosen genre. Students' creative responses to Urban and Contemporary Writing may include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and travel writing. 

Work-related Placement (Optional)
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to experience first-hand career-related environments. They will develop key communication skills relevant to employment in a professional context. The placement takes place in a setting of the student's choice. Students who choose this option will also have the opportunity to extend their placement by mutual agreement with providers. 

Year Three 

What Our Students Say 

  • 'The real life tasks are engaging and helpful in terms of understanding some of the realities we face as creative writers'  
  • 'Great teaching, very engaging and informative' 
  • 'Resources and skills are presented well in order to help us succeed in the professional world post-uni'

Fact or Artful Enterprise
This module will encourage students to explore the blurred line between fiction and nonfiction.  It provides a literary overview and analysis of writing in the auto/biographical modes encompassing memoir, life-writing, diary-writing, biography, autobiography, creative nonfiction 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. 

Creative Writing Dissertation
This year-long dissertation module will provide students with the opportunity to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent project within the contexts of creative writing and journalism. It will enable students to draw together skills and knowledge acquired in the first two years of their degree and apply it to a project of their choice. Dissertations include a portfolio of creative writing in a form and topic of the student's choosing, as well as a critical essay. 

The Professional Creative
This module will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to enter the creative industries. With the help of visiting industry professionals, students will consider the processes by which writers and creative arts practitioners earn a living.

Throughout the term, students will work in teams to produce the Met creative anthology. This will develop their editorial and publicity skills and increase their employability. You can view a sample of the Met 6 Anthology here:Met 6 Anthology.pdf.

Learning & Teaching

This degree is delivered through writing workshops, lectures, seminars, contact with industry professionals and production. 

During the degree, 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.

Every 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.

Teaching Staff

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 Nonfiction. 

Follow our monthly Cardiff Met Reading Series on Youtube to hear from guest writers reading their work and giving useful advice to our budding student writers. Watch the latest episodes

Meet our Creative Writing Lecturing Team talking about their favourite inspirational books for National Writing Day. 

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

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.

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 Page.

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.

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, Dr Christina Thatcher
Email: CThatcher@cardiffmet.ac.uk 

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes:

QW38: BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Place of Study: 

Cyncoed Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time.
Six years part-time.

More About the Course
International Writing Day

Our Creative Writing lecturers celebrate International Writing Day and tell us about their favourite inspirational books.

Cardiff Met Reading Series

Follow our Cardiff Met Reading Series on YouTube, with helpful tips from guest speakers every month.

More About the Joint Honours
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Becoming an award winning journalist thanks to Media and English at Cardiff Met

Graduate Aamir talks about his Media and English studies and journey to winning the Young Journalist of the Year award.
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Blog
My top 5 highlights of studying English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Met

Read Millie’s 5 favourite highlights and how placements helped her to decide that publishing was the right career path for her.
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Blog
How English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Met transformed my career

Learn how graduate Jodie has gone from script editor to award winning film writer.
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Blog
How English and Media helped identify my dream career in Sports Journalism

Learn how graduate Sarah took her passion for playing rugby and turned it into a career in Sports Journalism.
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Blog
My Creative Writing highlight: Competing in Cardiff Met's UniSlam team

Lukas tells us about his passion for poetry and having the opportunity to be part of the first Cardiff Met UniSlam team and reaching the final.
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Studying English at Cardiff Met

Learn more about what it's like to study the BA English joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Dr Elizabeth English and past students.

Studying Creative Writing at Cardiff Met

Learn more about what it's like to study the BA Creative Writing joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Dr Kate North and past students.

Studying BA Media at Cardiff Met

Learn more about what it's like to study the BA Media joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Rob Taffurelli and past students.

Meet the Humanities Team
Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Christina Thatcher

"I am an American poet, fiction and nonfiction writer with research interests in contemporary poetry, creative writing pedagogy and the role of creative writing in therapeutic and community contexts.

My experiences as a published writer, researcher and community facilitator position me well to support the diverse interests of our Creative Writing students. I assist students in developing their research methods and their creative work. I also provide them with opportunities to facilitate in the community at my local writers’ group, Roath Writers, and give them the tools they need to begin leading workshops in schools and community venues."

Christina Thatcher, Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Robert Taffurelli

"Before becoming an academic I worked in London for 15 years as a full-time journalist. I progressed from an Editorial Assistant onto Assistant Editor, Editor Managing Editor and Deputy Group Editor. While working for several years with different publishers and magazines I turned my focus to my passion – film, and to a career in trade journalism as Editor of Film and TV Production Review.

My background in journalism and media informs and underpins the BA (Hons) Media and Communications and BA (Hons) Media joint honours degree."

Robert Taffurelli, Programme Director BA (Hons) Media and Communications and MA Specialist Journalism.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Nina Jones

"My teaching philosophy is to foster participation and engagement within the classroom with a particular focus on designing activities that promote active learning. Throughout lectures, seminars and workshops students study the media through debates, discussions, problem-solving activities, group projects and independent practical tasks to ensure that our students are not just listening but are actively “doing” and reflecting on their work.

Our Media degrees are suited to those that want to think both critically and creatively. Our students’ personal and professional development are at the core of what we do which provides them with a foundation on which to build their own careers."

Nina Jones, Senior Lecturer in Media.

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