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.
Modules you might take include:
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.
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.
UCAS course code: W890 BA/CPW
Length: 3 years
All applicants to the Creative and Professional Writing degree 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading C&PW PORTFOLIO.