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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. 
Six years part-time.

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Course Overview

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The BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree will provide you with the skills you need to become a practicing writer. You will learn how to write poems, stories, scripts, long form fiction and creative nonfiction using both traditional media and new technologies. 

As well as writing and editing 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 workshopping. By reading and analysing a variety of texts, you will learn how to underpin your own work with relevant, contemporary theories. By reflecting upon your own writing, and that of others, you will learn to position your work in relation to social and cultural contexts. 

The Creative Writing degree will provide a crucible for you to find your own direction as a creative artist. This programme will also encourage you to develop proficiency in the business of creative writing through its emphasis on enterprise and entrepreneurship. 

As a whole, this Creative Writing BA programme will help you develop your knowledge of specific subjects like poetry and scriptwriting and gain the skills necessary for employment in the creative industries. 

Related courses:

You may also be interested in studying Creative Writing as part of the BA (Hons) Humanities Joint Honours programme.

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 

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. 

Worth the Words: Microfiction 
This module will provide an introduction to microfiction through an analysis of craft and practice. By reading the work of contemporary writers, students will be introduced to the microfiction form—also known as flash fiction, sudden fiction and the short story. Students will be encouraged to question the blurred line between microfiction and prose poetry and practice the techniques prized by both: implication and brevity. Students should gain the skills required to draft and edit their own microfiction, as well as the skills required to edit others' creative work, during regular workshops. 

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. 

Creative Nonfiction
This module will provide an introduction to creative nonfiction through an analysis of craft and practice. It will provide an overview of the creative nonfiction genre, including life writing, historical writing, travel writing, blog writing and literary journalism. Students will learn, practice and reflect upon writing techniques as well as research strategies. This module will raise questions about the nature of 'truth' and what it means to write and publish creative nonfiction in the modern marketplace. As well as developing their own creative nonfiction work during regular workshops, students will develop their skills as critics by giving feedback and contributing to the creative processes of others.

Introduction to Scriptwriting
For writers of all kinds, the techniques of scriptwriting – with its emphasis on the structure or architecture of stories and the filigree of one liners – are incredibly valuable. This module will help students develop their visual storytelling skills, dialogue writing skills and team writing skills as well as support their understanding of structure, genre and medium. Students will learn how to format and present a professional quality drama script. Through script analysis and workshops, students will develop critical acumen and the ability to receive and offer feedback. 


YEAR TWO

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. 

Poetry and Song
This module will encourage students to discover the synergies between poetry and song. By listening to the work of contemporary poets and songwriters, students will learn new theories of pace, rhythm, prosody, melody and structure. With the help of a visiting musician, students will also explore the use of instrumental music, organic sound and silence within their poems. Borrowing techniques from hip-hop, rap, indie, country, pop, and opera, this module will equip students with the skills they need to write, draft and edit their own songs and poems. Through regular workshops, students will gain the skills required to polish these pieces. 

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. 

Surfaces and Spaces
This module encourages students to include environments as active ingredients in their creative process. Students will be required to demonstrate critical awareness of the development of the relationships between artists/writers and the spaces they inhabit today and in historical contexts. This module also encourages students to use primary and secondary sources as they explore the philosophical, metaphysical and political aspects of being in place. Students' creative responses to Surface and Spaces may include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and travel writing. 

The Novel and its Audiences
This module encourages students to critically engage with the contemporary novel. Students will learn various strategies for writing long form fiction and develop key writing techniques such as narrative, setting and characterisation. Students will read widely and consider how different genres speak to different audiences. This module will also explore the reasons why research is necessary for fiction writing and consider the research methods novelists use to create authenticity, or the appearance of authenticity, in their work. Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to raise questions about what the novelist needs to do to speak to their audience and be 'successful' in their chosen market. During regular workshops, students will gain the skills required to draft and edit their own long form fiction.

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

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 Writing Life
In this module students will explore what it means to live a 'writing life'. Students will be encouraged to ask questions about the role 'the writer' plays in public consciousness. They will critique the portrayal of writers as solitary geniuses and consider what impact this portrayal might have on the contemporary, practicing writer. By exploring famous writers' quotes, handwriting, letters and book collections, students will consider what it means to be a writer with an inner (private) life and an outer (public) life. Students will also be encouraged to reflect on their own 'writing life', how and why they write, and their publication aims. This module will introduce students to the concept of the 'writer's brand' and the importance of the writer's online presence. Through regular workshops, students will gain the skills required to write, draft, edit and polish their own work for publication. This work may include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting or experimental work.

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.

Writing in the Community
This module will demonstrate how writing can be taken out of the classroom and into environments such as hospitals, art galleries, youth centres, prisons and care homes. Students will be introduced to the key theories and debates surrounding community creative writing education, with particular focus on developing critical thinking, reading and reflection skills. Students will also develop the practical skills needed to teach creative writing in the community – including applying for funding, developing partnerships, marketing courses, planning flexible sessions and delivering to a variety of participants. Seminars will focus on pedagogical texts and case studies while also demonstrating teaching models that can be adapted to suit a range of community populations and settings. By the end of the module, students will have read, thought and written critically about what it means to teach creative writing in the community and will have the practical skills necessary to begin delivering their own community creative writing workshops.

Learning & Teaching

This degree is delivered through writing workshops, seminars, tutorials, 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.

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. 

Meet the Creative Writing 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.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

 Applicants should have 104 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 104 points from at least 2 A levels to include an A level grade 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. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination.

  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma     

 

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 age of 21 who did not 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 Dr Christina Thatcher:
Email: CThatcher@cardiffmet.ac.uk 



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