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Creative and Professional Writing

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About this course

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Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; six years part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Harriet Castor
Key fact:
Develop multi-platform writing skills and learn from well-respected writing professionals about how to build a successful career in the cultural industries.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing?

This wide reaching and highly practical course provides an excellent grounding in a variety of writing disciplines, setting you on the road to a career in the creative industry of your choice. In addition to studying fiction, stage and screenplays, narrative non-fiction, poetry and copywriting, you will also get the opportunity to develop and hone your own writing skills.

This broad spectrum approach represents a unique opportunity, offering you the chance to discover the writing you want to focus on, while introducing you to styles and disciplines you might not have considered. You'll also work on creative briefs and learn how to use the latest platforms to appeal to your audience.

Why study our course?

This course will enable you to develop the technical skills, critical awareness and creative daring essential for success as a writer. Learning from well-respected professional writers, you will gain a thorough understanding of the creative process, apply your writing skills to meet the needs of different media and audiences through a variety of approaches, and become an independent and self-motivated manager of your own projects.

The key skills of ideation, narration and editing will equip you to write for any platform, and you will have the opportunity to specialise in a preferred genre. The extensive knowledge gained of professional standards and expectations will provide excellent preparation for working in the creative industry of your choice.

Real-world experience

You will develop a varied professional writing portfolio - some of this while working on industry-standard briefs - and gain practical skills in editing, blogging and content creation. You will also learn essential entrepreneurial and project management skills, and there will be opportunities to engage with Bristol's innovative local media and cultural organisations.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can go on to work in a variety of rewarding professions. Opportunities are available in the arts, creative media, editorial, communication and marketing industries. You will also be equipped for a career in publishing, copywriting, digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, and teaching.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

In your first year, modules are designed to provide a solid foundation for your creative practice, to strengthen your technical expertise as a writer and to give you an overview of the professional landscape.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Creative Practice and Writing Mechanics
  • Essential Scriptwriting Skills and Techniques
  • Narrative Non-fiction and Copywriting
  • Writing Fiction: Contemporary Practice in Context.

Year two

As you progress into your second year, you will hone your writing skills by exploring and engaging with a variety of structures and contexts. You will develop a critical awareness of your work in the context of other writing, and undertake a major creative project.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Ideation, Platforms and Commercial Writing
  • The Novelist's Workshop - Genre, Form and Editorial Techniques
  • Professional Portfolio Development 1
  • Writing for Stage, Screen, Radio and Digital Media.

Final year

In your final year, you will work on a second major creative project, which will give you the opportunity to focus on the style of writing you most enjoy. Employability is a central focus of this course and you will gain a thorough understanding of the expectations of industry professionals.

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Professional Portfolio Development 2.

In addition, you will study three optional modules from the list below OR two if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • A Career in Fiction - Publishing, Self-publishing and Promotion
  • Copywriting - The Professional Nexus
  • The Working Scriptwriter - Commissions, Briefs and Audiences.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will be taught and assessed by leading academics and practising professionals from across the cultural industries.  

Learning takes place through a range of methods including practical workshops, discussion-based seminars, lectures and one-to-one tutorials. Independent study is also a key part of the course and you will complete weekly exercises outside of class time. An Academic Personal Tutor (APT) is available to provide individual advice and support throughout your course.

For more details see our glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Workshops, seminars, lectures, project work and tutoring account for an average of 12 hours of contact time per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study.


We use various methods of assessment, helping you develop a range of critical, creative and practical skills. Assessment types may include creative writing, portfolios, projects, digital content production, essays, case studies, examinations, oral presentations and self-evaluations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Our Frenchay campus provides extensive study facilities including free Wi-Fi in all our teaching rooms.

Be inspired by films, books, plays and texts in quiet study areas, group spaces or viewing rooms in the Bolland Library. The library houses over half a million books, as well as DVDs, journals and online resources.

Develop skills in blogging, editing and desktop publishing using industry standard software including Wordpress and Adobe.

Access lecture slides, core readings and assignment guidance on UWE Bristol's Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Writing Projects

You will have the opportunity to undertake extended creative writing projects in Years 2 and 3. These projects will enable you to explore ideas that inspire you, strengthen an awareness of your individual style and build your confidence as a writer. Feedback from tutors will help you to develop and assess your writing from a professional standpoint.

In undertaking these extended projects you will learn vital entrepreneurial and project management skills for a freelance career in the creative and cultural industries. We promote volunteering opportunities and internships with local cultural organisations, and are currently involved in a number of exciting partnerships with organisations including Arnolfini, Poetry Can, Spike Island, Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives, and The Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Get involved

Bristol is a major creative hub for the arts and our staff have strong relationships with local organisations and events organisers including the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, Watershed cultural cinema and digital creativity centre, and Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

We will encourage you to take advantage of these relationships and seize the opportunity to showcase your entrepreneurialism and creativity though the development of your own writing portfolio. We will also help you establish relationships with students who are studying subjects that synergise with this course, for example in Graphic Design and Marketing.

Build your portfolio

You will have the opportunity to develop your news sense and enhance your portfolio through working with UWE Bristol student media including the Hub Radio and Western Eye newspaper and magazine. Cellar Door magazine, published by our students, will give you the opportunity to showcase your creative writing, and you can also bring creative screenplays to life at our Centre for Performing Arts.

Socialise and learn

You will have the opportunity to supplement your studies with trips to cultural events and visits from highly experienced industry professionals. In addition, we will encourage you to set up your own social and creative enterprises, such as blogs, zines and writing groups.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will have an impressive blend of subject and trade-specific writing expertise, and a range of highly transferable skills, enabling you to establish a career in a number of rewarding professions. Opportunities in the cultural and creative industries include the arts, creative media, copywriting, blogging and marketing. You will also be equipped for a career in publishing, editing, digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, and teaching.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through optional work placements, volunteering and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real-world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year11750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1469
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10281

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs. If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Arts, Humanities, Marketing, Business, Creative Writing, Social Sciences
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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