School of Creative Studies and Media

Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons)

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Course facts

  • UCAS code: W890
  • Bangor code: BA/CPW
  • Course length: 3 years

Entry requirements

  • 260-300 points.
  • We consider mature students with non-standard qualifications.
  • Applicants will be asked to submit a brief portfolio of writing.

Please also read our Entry Requirements section.

This innovative new degree course is run jointly by the School of Creative Studies and Media, and the School of English at Bangor. It is aimed at students who want to study writing, and uniquely allows you to approach this study through a variety of disciplinary pathways: instruction in using the techniques and forms of creative writing; study of the short story, the novel and poetry as literary forms; vocationally-oriented modules in journalism, screenwriting, scriptwriting, storytelling, genre writing, writing for performance and publication, and writing for online and other digital media. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the critical and practical skills you will need to pursue a writing career.

During the three years of this degree, you will have the opportunity to work with staff who have a wide range of interests and expertise including poetry, the novel, the short story, documentary and film-making, digital communication, E-publishing, computer games, script and screenwriting, and print and broadcast journalism.

Career Prospects

This degree equips graduates to work as writers in film, digital media, television, radio and the press, as well as to pursue professional careers in creative writing. Several graduates each year go on to develop their work further with the Schools of English and Creative Studies and Media through a period of postgraduate study. The School in collaboration with the Hay literary festival offers one student each year an internship position working at the prestigious Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye.

The study of writing at Bangor offers a balance of practical and analytical tasks. Modules are taught primarily through seminars and workshops with presentations by visiting writers, and are assessed both on practical output and on the individual's ability to reflect critically on their practice. As you progress through the degree, much of your study will be done in small teaching groups with an emphasis on learning both group work skills an the ability to carry a piece of work through from initial concept to professional output.

What will I study?

Modules you might take include:

Year 1

  • Creative Writing: Prose
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Creating Narratives
  • Introduction to Textual Analysis
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Introduction to Screenwriting

Year 2

  • Creative Writing: The Novel
  • Creative Writing: Showing and Telling
  • History and Development of Journalism
  • Writing for Film and Television
  • Research and Practice
  • Research and Methods
  • History and Development of Journalism
  • Storytelling: Theory and Craft
  • Transformative Writing

Year 3

  • Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Dissertation
  • Digital Journalism
  • Writing for Publishing
  • Writing for Performance
  • E-Publishing
  • Final Year Group Project
  • The Short Story
  • Developing Scripted Media
  • Genre Fiction: Theory and Craft
  • Experimental Writing
  • 21st Century Writing and Publishing

Modules for the 2014–15 academic year:

Year 1 Modules

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1
Semester 2

Optional Modules

60 to 80 credits from:
0 to 20 credits from:

Year 3 Modules

Programme Specification

  • The School of Creative Studies and Media and the School of English share a commitment to a close integration of academic approaches and hands-on creative practice. Students have the opportunity at all levels to combine a study of their chosen field with practice-based outcomes such as writing and media/digital media production.
  • The School of Creative Studies and Media specialises in a number of key areas: Professional Writing and Journalism; Media and Digital Communication; Film Studies; Performance Studies; Creative and Media Practice. The School has research interests across a range of Professional Writing fields, with research programmes running in several key areas. The School of English teaches and researches writing across all the major literary periods from Old English through to the twenty-first century.
  • The School of English includes amongst its staff several awardwinning creative writers, who publish in a variety of literary forms. The School also has considerable experience in editing and publishing. Important magazines are edited by staff: Poetry Wales and English (the journal of the English Association).
  • The School of Creative Studies and Media has excellent links with theatre companies, newspapersa nd the television industry.
  • Many members of staff are practising professionals and consultants to industry.
  • The School of Creative Studies and Media has a fully-equipped media centre with editing suites, production studios, media and digital media equipment.
  • Bangor is the site for a range of Creative Industries conferences, video conferences and events.

Contact us:

Dr Stephanie Marriott
School of Creative Studies and Media
Tel: 01248 388591 / 01248 383207
E-mail: SCSM@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/media

How to Apply

All applicants should submit a short portfolio on applying for the degree. The portfolio should consist of the following:

1) A brief autobiographical statement of 200 words maximum, outlining your previous writing experience.

2) Two short extracts of your own work, of 300 words maximum each. These should be clearly labelled as PROFESSIONAL WRITING (in the case of journalism; script or screenwriting; writing for online/digital media; writing for genre; technical writing) or CREATIVE WRITING (in the case of poetry or prose). You can choose to submit in one category only or in both.

Your portfolio should be accompanied by a cover sheet stating your name, address, e-mail contact and UCAS number. It should be e-mailed in Word format to r.l.skains@bangor.ac.uk, with the subject heading C&PW PORTFOLIO.

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