School of Creative Studies and Media
This innovative new degree course is run jointly by the School of Creative Studies and Media, and the School of English Literature 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.
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.
Modules you might take include:
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Creative and Professional Writing Modules page.
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.
Courses run by the School of Creative Studies and Media offer a number of career paths for you to choose from once you graduate. They emphasise the importance of creative exploration, and actual university-level critical understanding. These things - the ability to be creatively adaptable, consider the tools at hand and apply creative thinking, the importance of innovation and a combination of practical and critical knowledge - make Creative Studies and Media graduates ideal employees or, indeed, creative entrepreneurs in their own businesses.
Creative Studies and Media courses have seen graduates involved in both academe and in industry, including work in:
A number of graduates have likewise continued to Postgraduate study.
Some have followed careers in teaching, lecturing, politics and public relations.
A degree from the School of English Literature gives you particular skills and also skills which are common to other degrees in the Arts.
Your degree will indicate your capacity to show initiative and work without close supervision, alone or as a member of a group; you will show to an employer that you are able to work under preassure and meet deadlines.
Those students coming to study degrees such as English with Journalism or English with Songwriting will learn particular skills which will enable them, if they wish, to seek jobs in related fields.
The transferable skills covered by the School of English are required by employers in a wide range of fields.
Employers want people with flexible, curiosity-driven minds, with initiative and intelligence, and they know that a good graduate in English will have these skills. The employer will train you in the skills specific to the job for which you are applying, which may be in a huge variety of fields.
In the past our graduates have gone into:
The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.
The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.
BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.
Student Voluteering is both worthwile in itself but also improves your employbility and widens your experiences. The Students' Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office - Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) within the Students' Union which has over 1,500 members, 600 of whom volunteer on one or more of our community based projects. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 600 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.
Please also read our Entry Requirements section.
Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.
For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.
Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading C&PW PORTFOLIO.
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.
Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
Besides the beautiful beaches and picturesque scenery, what makes studying English Literature or Creative Writing at Bangor distinctive?
Bangor has exceptional beginnings. Founded by miners in the late nineteenth century, we continue to take pride in our inclusive ethos, cutting-edge research and radical tradition. Like many established universities, we offer modules across the whole historical range of English literature – from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf and contemporary writers. We also offer innovative modules in areas of expertise ranging from Arthurian and medieval literature to early modern drama, prose fiction and poetry to print culture to British and Irish Literatures to World Literature and Experimental Writing.
Amongst our faculty are award-winning creative and critical writers and, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, research in the School of English is ranked in the top third of Universities in the UK. This makes for a dynamic learning environment in which students are taught by respected scholars.
Our students benefit from a range of teaching methods that include one-to-one tutorials, small seminars, workshops and lectures. Students are encouraged to participate fully in life of the school, which means that we know each of our students by name and we offer excellent pastoral support.
Alongside approachable and supportive personal tutors, Bangor has an award-winning peer mentoring scheme. Students regularly praise the help and guidance that is offered to them throughout their studies and Bangor is rated highly for the support that we give our students (Times Higher Education Supplement). Each of our students is given the attention that they need to enable them to achieve their highest educational potential.
Our degree programme is designed to allow students to progress from more general modules in literary period and critical approach in year one to specialist work in years two and three. Students are given many opportunities across all years to interact with experts in the field and to specialise in the areas of literature and creative writing in which they are interested.
Advanced skills in reading, analysis, writing and presentation form an integral part of our courses. Through this, we provide our students with transferrable skills that are valued by employers. In addition to the skills developed through their undergraduate studies, the Bangor Employability Award allows students to undertake additional training and gain work experience to help their career prospects. Our graduates have gone on to have wide-ranging and successful careers in many sectors, including the performing arts, education, law, the civil service, press, media and public relations.
Beyond the classroom, student life at Bangor is vibrant. There are number of student clubs and societies dedicated solely to drama and poetry, as well as other clubs and societies. Bangor is the cultural capital of North Wales and the new Pontio Arts Centre is a major centre for the showcasing of Welsh, British and international culture.
Tutors are involved in events such as the North Wales International Poetry Festival and the School regularly organises for guest speakers to come to Bangor and share with students their critical expertise and creative talents. Studying at Bangor is more than just an academic activity: students join a group of creative and critical practitioners who believe that English Literature is an active experience, not just a subject that is passively studied.
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).