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BA(Hons)

Creative and Professional Writing

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
W810
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; six years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Harriet Castor
Key fact:
Develop writing skills across multiple genres and platforms and learn how to build a successful career in the cultural industries.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study creative and professional writing?

Studying creative and professional writing gives you the necessary breadth and depth of expertise to succeed in the creative industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK.

Currently, one in 11 of all UK jobs is creative and the creative industries are outgrowing the rest of the UK economy. The UK publishing industry in particular is experiencing record success, and emerging platforms from Netflix to podcasts are capturing new audiences.

As an entrepreneurial writer, you'll need many strings to your bow. Studying creative and professional writing will help you develop this broad range of skills, from scriptwriting to fiction, from narrative non-fiction to copywriting.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing is industry-facing and connected, giving you opportunities to work with publishers and agents, as well as the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, Watershed, Poetry Can, Spike Island, the Arnolfini and Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Our staff will help you develop the technical skills, critical awareness and creative daring you'll need to succeed as a writer across a range of genres. This practice-oriented programme will provide a nurturing environment that helps you develop a sustainable and independent creative practice. 

You can gain professional experience writing for UWE Bristol student media, including Hub RadioWestern Eye and Cellar Door magazine, and bring screenplays to life at our Centre for Performing Arts.

Where can it take me?

With opportunities for networking with Bristol's creative sector, you'll be able to choose from a variety of roles in writing, the arts, publishing, creative media, marketing, advertising and communications.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future 
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • 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.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Professional Portfolio Development 2.

Plus three optional modules (two if you complete a year studying abroad) from:

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

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through practical workshops, discussion-based seminars, lectures and one-to-one tutorials. Independent study is a key part of the course and you'll complete weekly exercises outside of class time. You'll be taught and assessed by leading academics and industry professionals.

Hone your writing skills by exploring and engaging with a range of forms and audiences, from young adult graphic novels to memoirs. Gain a deeper sense of your craft, developing a critical awareness of your work in the context of other writers.

You'll be encouraged to pursue individual passions and projects, building your confidence as a writer with supportive and professional feedback from your tutors.

Employability is a central focus of this programme. Your studies will be enhanced by cultural events and talks from significant industry professionals. This access to industry will give you the knowledge necessary to forge a career path in wider contexts or as a freelance writer.

You'll also be supported to set up your own social and creative enterprises, such as journals and writing groups. An Academic Personal Tutor (APT) will be available to provide individual support throughout.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
124%76%0%100%
221%79%0%100%
321%79%0%100%

Study time

Workshops, seminars, lectures, project work and tutoring account for an average of 12 hours of contact time each week.

You'll be expected to spend at least 12 hours in studying independently study outside of class.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through your creative and reflective writing and process work, independent projects, examinations and oral presentations. You'll graduate with a portfolio of work to show prospective employers.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
117%83%0%100%
20%90%10%100%
30%77%23%100%

Features

Placements

Gaining work experience is valuable for those entering the creative industries. Experience helps hone your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought-after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two. Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long and relevant to your course.

Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find the right placement for you.

Study facilities

You'll study at Frenchay Campus, which houses a library with a large collection of books, DVDs, journals and other resources. Be inspired by films, books, plays and texts in quiet study areas, group spaces or viewing rooms.

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

Careers / Further study

Prepare for an exciting future in the cultural and creative industries.

You'll graduate with an impressive blend of subject and trade-specific writing expertise, and a range of highly transferable skills. You could establish a career in a number of professions including the arts, creative media and marketing.

You'll also be equipped for a career in publishing, editing, digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, and teaching.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

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) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

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) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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