School of Creative Studies and Media

Creative Writing and Media Studies BA (Hons)

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Course facts

  • UCAS code: WP83
  • Bangor code: BA/CWMS
  • Course length: 3 years

This exciting Creative Writing and Media degree course is run by the School of Creative Studies and Media. It is aimed at students who want to study Creative Writing (for example fiction, poetry, scriptwriting) and combine this with the study of other forms of media (for example television and radio, film and video, software and computer games, design, professional writing and journalism). This Creative Writing and Media degree will equip you with a solid grounding in the practical and critical skills required to make you a sought after professional in these fields. During the three years of this degree, you will have the opportunity to work with staff at Bangor who have a wide range of interests and expertise including poetry, the novel, the short story, documentary and filmmaking, digital communications, electronic publishing, computer games, scriptand screen-writing, and print and broadcast media.

Career Prospects

Many of our graduates go on to work in fields such as creative writing, professional writing and publishing; print and/or broadcast journalism; television programme production; advertising and the marketing industries; radio, as presenters, as well as in programme production; podcasting, web and new media production and multimedia industries. Several graduates each year go on to develop their work further with us through a period of postgraduate study.

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

Creative Writing and Media offers a balance of practical and analytical tasks. You will explore a variety of forms, then specialising in the form you find most interesting and rewarding (e.g. short story or novel writing, poetry, script- and screenwriting, writing for children, new media writing, writing for performance, writing for particular genre). Practical modules will be assessed both on practical output and on the individual's ability to reflect critically on their practice. Other modules are assessed by exam and assignment. Much of your study will be done in small teaching groups.

What will I study?

Modules you might take include:

Year 1

  • Creative Practice
  • Creative Writing: Prose
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Media Culture
  • Creating Narratives
  • Visual Culture 1 – Seeing the World
  • Digital Communications
  • Introduction to Media Studies

Year 2

  • Creative Writing: The Novel
  • Creative Writing: Showing and Telling
  • Media Practice: Factual
  • Cultural Economy of the Media
  • VC2: Reading the Visual
  • Developing Scripted Media
  • Writing for Film and Television
  • Storytelling: Theory and Craft

Year 3

  • Visual Culture 3 - Race and Gender
  • Writing for Performance
  • Advanced Hypermedia Production
  • Short Film Pre-production
  • Short Film Production
  • 21st Century Writing and Publishing
  • Developing Scripted Media
  • Dissertation
  • Final Year Group Project

Modules for the 2014–15 academic year:

Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 2
60 credits from:

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1
Semester 2
20 credits from:

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

40 credits from:

Optional Modules

80 credits from:

Programme Specification

  • The School of Creative Studies and Media is unique in its close integration of academic and theoretical approaches with hands-on creative practice. Students in the School have the opportunity at all levels to combine a study of their chosen field with practice-based outcomes such as writing, performance, and media/digital media production.
  • The School 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 in all areas of Film Studies, with research programmes running in several key areas.
  • We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry.
  • Many members of staff in the School are practising professionals and consultants.
  • The School 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.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
  • Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company and could include working in a team with students from creative arts degree courses.

Entry requirements

  • 280-300 points
  • We consider mature students with non-standard qualifications.

Contact us:

Please contact:

Dr Stephanie Marriott
School of Creative Studies and Media
Tel: 01248 388591 / 01248 383207

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