Modules for course WW38 | BA/MUSCW
BA Music and Creative Writing

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

20 credits from:

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • QXP-1001: Creative Writing: Prose (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module, compulsory for creative writing students, introduces you to a wide range of creative prose-writing, both fictional and documentary and you will examine creative techniques used in short stories, autobiography, memoir, travel-writing, critical essays/literary reviews and play-scripts. It will include practical sessions in which students will begin to produce their own work in these genres, and group discussion of students’ work in progress. We will discuss the ways in which these genres are distinct from one another and yet share certain features and may in fact be merged by deliberate techniques of hybridisation. We will ask such questions as how a writer of fiction handles the transformation of personal experience as compared to the writer of memoirs. Can imaginative, speculative biographies enhance rather than falsify our knowledge of their subjects? How do writers tackle the adaptation of their work from one medium to another? As well as examining, from the practitioner's point of view, texts by leading authors and critics, you will be encouraged to work independently on your own material, helped by writing-exercises and longer-term assignments designed to stimulate ideas and sharpen technique. You will be encouraged to present your work for class discussion and, by receiving and giving feedback in a supportive atmosphere, you will develop your skills as a close reader and an articulate critic.
  • UXS-1001: Intro to Practical Journalism (20) (Semester 1)
    The Basics of Writing a News Story; How to write Intros, Drop Intros, Lively Intros; What makes a good news story?; Where do stories come from?; How to build a contacts book; How to conduct an interview; Writing for TV and Radio; Colour and Feature Writing; An Introduction to Shorthand; How to deal with breaking news.
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    UXC-1001: Cyfl. i Newyddiaduraeth Ymarf. (20) (Semester 1)
    Hanfodion ysgrifennu straeon newyddion; Sut i ysgrifennu Intros, Drop Intros, ac Intros Bywiog; Beth sy’n gwneud stori dda?; O le mae straeon yn dod?; Sut i greu llyfr contacts; Sut i gynnal cyfweliad; Ysgrifennu ar gyfer teledu a radio; Ysgrifennu erthyglau nodwedd; Cyflwyniad i llawfer; Ymdopi â newyddion sy’n torri.
  • QXP-1003: Creative Writing: Poetry (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module, compulsory for creative writing students, introduces you to the range of forms available to the poet in the twenty-first century. You will read a variety of poetry and respond through producing your own poems. You will be asked to work in a variety of forms and to justify your reasons for choosing them. The module will demonstrate the ways in which poetry is an art form particularly well suited to expressing the experience of contemporary everyday life. We will also look at connections between poetry and music and the visual arts as well as the impact of digital technologies. Poetry will be presented both in the written and spoken form, and students will be encouraged to consider the performance of poetry both in class and by attending and reviewing recommended evening poetry readings by leading poets. .
  • QXE-1013: Reading, Thinking, Writing (20) (Semester 1)
    The course will include analytical reading of drama, prose, poetry and film in English from the medieval period to the present era; an introduction to critical and theoretical approaches to the reading of literature; integration of close textual study and critical/theoretical approaches, as the foundation for all other modules in the School; practical development of skills of literary commentary, essay writing, and critical discussion.
  • UXS-1017: Writing Across Media (20) (Semester 1)
    In "Creating Narratives" you will have the opportunity to investigate, and participate in, a variety of creative activites relating to the production of fiction. You will be able to develop an awareness of issues connected with the writing and consumption of fiction (e.g.creative, cultural and technological issues), and discover how cultural norms and assumptions, and individually writerly actions, influence fiction writing choice and fiction readerships. You will look at contemporary fiction writing around the world in a variety of media, and consider the role of publishers and readers in the creative process.
  • UXS-1024: Introduction to Screenwriting (20) (Semester 2)
    This module is an introduction to the basic underlying principles of screenwriting. It introduces students to key features of writing for film, and assesses them on their analyses of the screenplay form, plus the writing of a screenplay and treatment, and the pitching of an original concept. Students will primarily focus on writing for the short film format in order to facilitate their assessed short film screenplay assignment. Lectures will deliver various aspects of screenwriting, broken down week-by-week so that students can digest specific aspects of the craft of screenwriting. These include script formatting, style, structure, genre, plotting, characterisation and dialogue. Students will also learn how to present their work in the form of industry treatments and outlines, as well as techniques for outlining a concept orally, in the form of a film pitch. Students will be encouraged to develop professional writing habits and to give and receive critically constructive comment and advice. Seminar time will be spent discussing aspects of screenwriting, screened short films, as well as providing an opportunity for students to carry out creative screenwriting tasks in groups. Students will also be encouraged to critically peer evaluate the work of their cohort, and to analyse published screenplays, applying knowledge gained in the lecture. Students will also be required to read portions of screenplay extracts from published work prior to the seminars and lectures (uploaded to Blackboard) in order to analyse them during the seminars.

40 credits from:

  • WXM-1004: Intro - Harmony & Counterpoint (20) (Semester 1)
    This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the elements of musical language – melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm – through the study of compositional practice in the late Renaissance and Baroque periods. Students work through a course of study which will develop aural skills, score reading and analytical skills, creativity, and a thorough understanding of the parameters for the construction of music during the periods in question. This module is intended for those students who little or no prior knowledge of harmonic principles. Students with some prior experience (e.g. those who have done chorale harmonization as part of A-Levels or equivalent) will be encouraged to register for WXM1008. Please note: WXM1004 and 1008 both cover effectively the same material in both semesters; in semester 2, both groups are taught together; in semester 1 WXM1004 covers similar ground as WXM1008, but at a slower pace (hence the doubled contact hours).
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    WXC-1004: Cyflwyniad Harmoni/Gwrthbwynt (20) (Semester 1)
    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw datblygu dealltwriaeth myfyrwyr o elfennau ieithwedd gerddorol – alaw, harmoni, gwrthbwynt, rhythm – trwy astudio’r arfer a oedd yn gyffredin i gyfansoddwyr yn ystod cyfnod y Dadeni Hwyr a'r Baróc. Mae myfyrwyr yn gweithio trwy gwrs o astudiaeth a fydd yn datblygu medrau sain glust, darllen sgorau, a medrau dadansoddol, creadigrwydd a dealltwriaeth o’r paramedrau a osodai’r sylfeini ar gyfer creu cerddoriaeth yn ystod y cyfnod dan sylw. Bwriedir y modiwl hwn ar gyfer y myfyrwyr hynny sydd â phrofiad cyfyngedig o egwyddorion harmonig. Anogir myfyrwyr mwy profiadol (e.e. y rhai sydd wedi astudio cydgordio corâl fel rhan o Lefel-A) i gofrestru ar gyfer WXC1008 yn lle hwn.
  • WXK-1010: Sonic Art (20) (Semester 1) or
    WXC-1010: Celfyddyd Sonig (20) (Semester 1)
  • WXK-1011: Composition Year 1 (20) (Semester 2)
    This course will introduce students to some of the compositional techniques used in the twentieth and twenty first centuries and show how harmony, rhythm, structure, instrumentation and pitch have evolved, presenting students with the basic tools for composition. The first half of the course will look at these techniques in relation to a number of important musical styles that evolved during the twentieth century. The course will also consider individual instruments and their particular characteristics, in addition to vocal writing. Students are then encouraged to try out these techniques in exercises and assignments, which will be set throughout the course..
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    WXC-1011: Cyfansoddi Blwyddyn 1 (20) (Semester 2)
    Bydd y cwrs hwn yn cyflwyno’r myfyriwr i rai o’r technegau cyfansoddi a ddefnyddiwyd yn yr 20fed ganrif, gan ddangos sut mae harmoni, rhythm, adeiledd, offeryniaeth a thraw wedi datblygu. Rhoddir y cyfryngau sylfaenol i’r myfyrwyr ar gyfer cyfansoddi. Bydd y cwrs hefyd yn ystyried offerynnau penodol a’u nodweddion arbennig, yn ogystal ag ysgrifennu ar gyfer y llais. Yna anogir y myfyrwyr i roi cynnig ar y technegau yn eu cyfansoddiadau hwy eu hunain.
  • WXP-1016: Solo Performance Year 1 (20) (Semester 2)
    This module combines a programme of individual instrumental or vocal tuition with an introduction to a range of important issues which concern performers, including preparing and delivering a recital programme, effective practice techniques, working with other musicians, and different approaches to interpretation. THIS MODULE IS NOT AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC. CO-REQUISITE: minimum of ABRSM 7 or equivalent.
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    WXC-1016: Perfformio Unawdol Blwyddyn 1 (20) (Semester 2)
    Mae’r modiwl yn cyfuno rhaglen o hyfforddiant unigol ar offeryn neu lais â chyflwyniad i amrediad o faterion pwysig sy’n ymwneud â cherddorion, yn cynnwys paratoi a pherfformio rhaglen datganiad, technegau ymarfer effeithiol, gweithio â cherddorion eraill, a dulliau gwahanol o dehongli. NID YW'R MODIWL HWN AR GAEL I FYFYRWYR O'R TU ALLAN I'R YSGOL CERDDORIAETH. CYD-OFYNIAD: o leiaf ABRSM Gradd 7 neu gyfwerth.

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • QXP-2004: Creative Writing: The Novel (20)
    Creative Writing: The Novel will guide you through the ways and means of writing a novel. You will be taught methods of composition and creation of novels, including practical and analytical consideration of novelistic structure and design, viewpoint, voice and role-play, and developing style and tone. It also includes, with reference to the practical application and consideration of these elements, consideration of the variety of forms relevant to the contemporary novel, comparing and contrasting novels, present and past, with other forms of creative writing.

Semester 2

  • QXP-2001: C/Writing: Poetry & Short Fict (20)
    This double-thin module is designed to help solve the problem that inexperienced writers have of writing in ways that are too abstract and general. You will be set exercises that sharpen dialogue and assist with the depiction of place in fiction, and exercises that demonstrate how images are most effectively evoked in poems. These ‘showing’ devices will then be placed in context by the use of models that indicate the importance of ‘telling’, that indicate how scenic devices in fiction are framed by direct authorial intervention, and how images in poems are linked to statements that further define and complicate them. Students are required to attend and review three evening poetry-readings to be given by leading poets during the course.

20 to 40 credits from:

  • WXM-2011: Musicology Year 2 (20) (Semester 2)
    Research is a fundamental academic skill, and so too is the ability to effectively communicate the results of that research in writing. On this module, students undertake research into a musical topic of their own choice, and write up their findings in the form of a short dissertation of around 4500-5000 words. At the same time, the module introduces students to some of the conventions and methods of musicological research and presentation, through the study of various examples of academic writing. Moreover, students will continue to develop study skills taught in The Study of Music, including bibliographical skills, skills of independent thinking, and skills in oral presentation. The module will prepare students for undertaking a Dissertation in Year 3, and may also be useful to students considering undertaking an Editing Project in Year 3.
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    WXC-2011: Cerddoreg Blwyddyn 2 (20) (Semester 2)
    Mae ymchwil yn fedr academaidd sylfaenol, ac felly hefyd y gallu i ysgrifennu’n effeithiol ar ganlyniad yr ymchwil honno. Ar y modiwl hwn, mae myfyrwyr yn gwneud ymchwil i bwnc o’u dewis, ac yn ysgrifennu ar eu canfyddiadau mewn traethawd o ryw 4500-5000 o eiriau. Ar yr un pryd, mae’r modiwl yn cyflwyno myfyrwyr i rai o gonfensiynau a dulliau ymchwil a chyflwyno cerddoregol, a hynny trwy astudiaeth ar wahanol enghreifftiau o ysgrifennu academaidd. Ar ben hynny, bydd myfyrwyr yn parhau i ddatblygu’r medrau astudio a ddysgir yn Astudio Cerddoriaeth, yn cynnwys medrau llyfryddiaethol, medrau meddwl yn annibynnol, a medrau cyflwyno ar lafar. Bydd y modiwl yn paratoi myfyrwyr ar gyfer ysgrifennu Traethawd Hir ym Mlwyddyn 3, a gall hefyd fod yn fuddiol i fyfyrwyr sy’n ystyried Project Golygu ym Mlwyddyn 3.
  • WXK-2233: Composition Year 2 (20) (Semester 2)
    This module seeks to build on Level 4 Composition, while at the same time introducing new ideas and techniques. Throughout, the emphasis will be on introducing students to the multiplicity of styles and techniques that have emerged during the second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st. This may include bold experimentation and creative innovation, including working with non-tonal styles (pre-tonal, post-tonal, atonal), or the study of post-tonal and post-minimal styles of recent decades.
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    WXC-2233: Cyfansoddi Blwyddyn 2 (20) (Semester 2)
    Adeilada’r modiwl hwn ar astudiaethau Cyfansoddi Blwyddyn 1, ynghyd â chyflwyno syniadau a thechnegau newydd ar yr un pryd. Bydd pwyslais cyson ar arbrofi mentrus a newydd-deb creadigol, gan weithio gydag arddulliau anghyweiraidd (cyn-donyddol, ôl-donyddol ac anhonyddol), ynghyd ac ymdriniaethau newydd o ffurf. Ceir gwaith damcaniaethol (gwrando, dadansoddi a thrafod pynciau) ynghyd a gwaith ymarferol (gweithio drwy dechnegau, cyflwyno enghreifftiau, datrys problemau), gan ganolbwyntio ar dechnegau ac elfennau penodol - rhai yn newydd, a rhai yn gyfarwydd ers modiwl Cyfansoddi Lefel 1. Nid yw’r modiwl hwn yn addas ar gyfer myfyrwyr sy’n dymuno cyfansoddi mewn arddulliau hanesyddol neu pastiche.
  • WXK-2235: Acousmatic Composition (20) (Semester 2)
    Acousmatic music is sonic art which uses sound as its basic material and the loudspeaker as its mode of delivery. This module aims to introduce students to acousmatic composition in a more focused way than is possible in the Year 1 Practical Music Technology module, and with a more creative emphasis. It aims to equip students with the basic technological, compositional and aesthetic knowledge and understanding necessary for acousmatic composition. (This module is not intended for students wishing to compose popular music, or music using conventional approaches to harmony, melody or rhythm.)
  • WXP-2241: Solo Performance Year 2 (20) (Semester 2)
    The students will be expected to build on and expand skills already established during the solo performance modules in Year 1. This will be carried out through individual instrumental or vocal tuition. The tutor will provide consultation and help construct a projected programme of stylistically-varied technical and interpretive solo repertoire for the students to explore that will benefit the individual’s technical and musical development. Please note that students may also follow a maximum of 20 credits in ensemble performance across levels 5 & 6. This module is capped at 20 students
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    WXC-2241: Perfformio Unawdol Blwyddyn 2 (20) (Semester 2)
    Bydd disgwyl i’r myfyrwyr adeiladu ar fedrau y maent eisoes wedi’u dysgu yn ystod y modiwlau perfformio unigol ar lefelau 1 neu 2 ac adeiladu arnynt. Gwneir hyn trwy hyfforddiant offerynnol neu leisiol unigol. Bydd y myfyriwr a’r tiwtor yn ymgynghori, a bydd y tiwtor yn cynorthwyo i lunio rhaglen arfaethedig o repertoire technegol a deongliadol yn dangos arddulliau amrywiol, i’r harchwilio gan y myfyriwr, ac a fydd yn fuddiol i ddatblygiad technegol a cherddorol yr unigolyn. modiwl 'cap' o 20 o fyfyrwyr

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • QXP-2005: Transformative Writing (20) (Semester 1)
    Some of today's well known works of literature were produced by writers 'writing back' to and transforming certain source materials. Examples include Peter Carey's prize-winning tnrsformation of Dickens' 'Great Expectations' in 'Jack Maggs' (1997), and Gregory Maguire's transformation of Baum's 'Wizard of Oz' in 'Wicked: The Life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West' (1995). This module examines the ideas and chanllenges of transformative writing, how such writing differs from adaptation, and how professional writers have employed it in their works. Students will be introduced to the practice of responding through creative writing, and given the chance to select their own source material (of whatever kind) in order to experiment and 'write back' to it. Students will also have the opportunity to experience and reflect upon the nature of a negotiated writing project through the use of an initial writing contract (in weeks one and two)
  • UXS-2048: Transmedia Storytelling (20) (Semester 2)
    In this module you will investigate storytelling in its various forms, writing through an awareness of critical theory, and creating original work relating to your investigations. You'll develop an awareness of issues (critical and creative) connected with storytelling, and consider the range, type and style of stories (genres, media, perspectives). You will discover how cultural norms and assumptions influence the telling of stories, exploring and applying relevant critical theory from the perspective of a writer, and reveal through your original work the nature of authorship and readership.
  • UXS-2058: Writing for Film & Television (20) (Semester 2)
    This module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in writing for film, and introduces key stylistic and textual characteristics of writing for television. The module provides an overview of television writing, separated into television drama and the situation comedy, and outlines the specific demands of these formats for screenwriters. Students are then assessed on their own original television concept in the form of a treatment and screenplay extract, plus a short critical and reflective essay. The course then goes on to present advanced theories of writing for film - developing concepts of characterisation, structure, genre, visual storytelling and the use of dialogue and action. Students will be encouraged to engage with formal screenwriting concepts such as the three-act structure, genre tropes, active protagonists and plot resolutions. However, they will also be expected to interrogate and challenge these elements of screenwriting craft, and are expected to display this engagement in their assessed work. Students will be assessed on their own original film concept in the form of a treatment and screenplay extract (for a short film or feature film), plus a critical and reflective essay. Lectures will deliver various features of writing for television and film, using screenings as contextual support material. Lectures will initially present some basic concepts of screenwriting such as script formatting, style, structure, genre, plotting, characterisation and dialogue, before moving on to deal specifically with television drama, situation comedy, the short film and the feature film. Seminar time will be spent discussing various aspects of screenwriting outlined in the lectures. Students will be encouraged to engage with, and challenge, elements of the craft of screenwriting, and to carry out creative screenwriting tasks in groups. Students will also critically peer evaluate the work of their cohort, and analyse published screenplays, applying knowledge gained in the lectures. Students will be required to develop professional writing habits and to give and receive critically constructive comment and advice. Proposed films and television programmes to be screened include: The Sopranos (Chase, 1999-2007), The Wire (Simon, 2002-08), Red Riding (Jarrold, 2009), The Singing Detective (Potter, 1986), The Prisoner (McGoohan, 1967-68), Oz (Fontana, 1997-2003), Twin Peaks (Frost/Lynch, 1990-91), The IT Crowd (Linehan, 2006- ), Spaced (Wright, 1999-2001), The Office (Gervais/Merchant, 2001-3), Father Ted (Linehan, 1995-8). The Third Man (Reed, 1949), Brief Encounter (Lean, 1945), The Devil¿s Backbone (Del Toro, 2001), Intacto (Fresnadillo, 2001), Hunger (McQueen, 2008), Dead Man's Shoes (Meadows, 2004), The Sea Inside (Amenábar, 2004), The White Ribbon (Haneke, 2009), Festen (Vinterberg, 1998), Uzak (Ceylan, 2002), Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (Park, 2002), Let the Right One In (Alfredson, 2008), The Road (Hillcoat, 2009), Sexy Beast (Glazer, 2000), No Country for Old Men (Coen, 2007)
  • UXS-2401: Practical Journalism: ELD (20) (Semester 1)
    The course will teach students media law and how to report on the workings of government. They will gain practical experience in reporting from courts, inquests and council meetings. They will also be taught how to write and research news and feature articles, interviewing techniques, and how to cover running stories and elections.
    or
    UXC-2401: Newyddiaduraeth Ymarferol: MCD (20) (Semester 1)
    Bydd y modiwl yn dysgu myfyrwyr am gyfraith y cyfryngau a sut i ohebu am brosesau'r llywodraeth. Byddant yn cael profiad ymarferol o ohebu am achosion llys, cwestau a chyfarfodydd cyngor. Byddant hefyd yn dysgu sut i ymchwilio ac ysgrifennu erthyglau newyddion ac erthyglau nodwedd, technegau cyfweld a sut i ymdrin â straeon parhaol ac etholiadau.
  • Some modules may be subject to pre-requisites, please check module page for further information

20 to 40 credits from:

  • WXK-2232: Orchestration Today (20) (Semester 1)
    Description: This course aims to expand upon issues addressed in Orchestration A. More involved orchestration procedures will be discussed in relation to the new elements of instrumental technique that evolved in the wake of developments in instrumental technology. Students will add auxiliary woodwind instruments to their orchestras together with additional percussion so that students can score for a modern orchestra. Each student is required to respond both verbally and on paper in either week 3, 6 or 9, to a task which will be given out in the previous seminar. This will be assessed as part of the coursework (see assessment below). Method, frequency and number of classes: Eight classes of around 1 hour and 15 minutes during weeks 1 - 6 and weeks 8 - 9, with a one-to-one tuition session in week 10. Assessment: One large assignment at 50% with three smaller pieces of course work making up 30%, and a verbal/written response to a set task, worth 20%. coursework 1: set in week 1, to be submitted in week 3 coursework 2: set in week 4 to be submitted in week 6 coursework 3: set in week 8 to be submitted in week 10 assignment: set in semester 2 week 10, to be submitted in week 13 WXK 2232: Learning Outcomes: On completion of the module, a student should have: 1. acquired skills of scoring in an appropriate manner for a modern orchestra, writing idiomatically for the instruments used (assessed by the written coursework and the assignment) 2. understood the technical restraints of instruments (assessed by the written coursework and the assignment) 3. developed skills in score presentation, using appropriate indications such as bowing (assessed by the written coursework and the assignment) 4. identified Orchestration procedures and should be able to discuss these (assessed by the aural task)
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    WXC-2232: Cerddorfaeth Gyfoes (20) (Semester 1)
    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw dysgu'r sylfeini ar gyfer cerddorfaeth. Bydd pob enghraifft cerddorol yn deillio o gyfansoddwyr o gyfnodau Clasurol, Rhamantaidd a'r Ugeinfed Ganrif (e.e. Beethoven, Rachmaninov a Prokofiev) sydd wedi dylanwau yn gryf ar gyfansoddwyr ffilm heddiw (e.e. John Williams, Dario Marianelli a David Arnold). Bydd y cwrs yn ddechrau gyda'r Gerddorfa Linynnol gan ychwanegu offerynau chwyth a pres yn raddol. Erbyn wythnos darllen, bydd y myfyriwr yn medru trefnu yn hyderus ar gyfer cerddorfa fechan. Yn ystod yr ail hanner, bydd pwyslais ar dechnegau cerddorfaeth ar gyfer cerddorfa lawn gan ychwanegu mwy o offerynnau. Bwriad y cwrs yw dysgu cerddorddfaeth draddodiadol gyda phwyslais ar ddefnydd mewn cerddorfaeth ffilm. Gorau oll os yw'r myfyriwr yn dilyn (neu wedi dilyn) WXC2234/3234
  • WXK-2300: Interactive Sound and Music (20) (Semester 1)
  • WXM-2303: Genres & Composers A (20) (Semester 1) or
    WXC-2303: Genres a Chyfansoddwyr A (20) (Semester 1)
  • WXM-2304: Genres and Composers B (20) (Semester 2)
  • WXP-2307: Ensembles and Groups A (20) (Semester 1)
  • WXP-2308: Conducting (20) (Semester 1)
  • WXM-2309: Music in Health and Well-being (20) (Semester 2) or
    WXC-2309: Cerdd mewn Iechyd a Lles (20) (Semester 2)
  • WXC-2310: Hanes Cerddoriaeth Cymru A (20) (Semester 1)

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

40 to 80 credits from:

  • QXP-3099: Creative Writing Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module involves the production of an extended piece of creative writing of high quality, with an attached ‘criticism in practice’ piece, an introduction to the work, and relevant bibliographic and ‘creative’ references. The focus of the dissertation is the piece of creative writing, which can be undertaken in any genre (after agreement with supervisor) and must be preceeded by a detailed (2 3 page) plan of work to be completed. The critical piece can be in a style similar to that of a critical literature essay, or it can be more focused on creative practice or the contextualisation of that creative practice, and can use the student’s own work as one of the reference points, as well as containing references to the work of other writers. The length of the dissertation varies according the genre and is the subject of discussion with the supervisor, but as a guide the total number of words for a prose fiction submission would be between 8,000 and 10,000 words. The deadline for submission of the dissertation is noon on Friday of week ten of semester two.
  • WXM-3277: Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The dissertation is an independent piece of writing on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with a member of staff and approved by the Board of Examiners. This selection and approval takes place in the summer term immediately preceding Year 3. The writing should take account of previous relevant research but demonstrate originality of mind in approach and argument. Credit will be given for quality of ideas, clarity and logic of argument and presentation, suitability of bibliography, and elegance of presentation. The dissertation will be accompanied by seminars on the research, bibliography and methodology skills required for writing the dissertation.
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    WXC-3277: Traethawd Hir (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae'r traethawd hir yn ddarn o ysgrifennu annibynnol ar destun a ddewisir gan yr ymgeisydd mewn ymgynghoriad ag aelod staff ac a gymeradwyir gan yr Bwrdd Arholi. Mae'r dewis a'r cymeradwyo hwn yn digwydd yn ystod tymor yr haf yn union cyn Blwyddyn 3. Dylai'r ysgrifennu gymryd i ystyriaeth ymchwil flaenorol berthnasol, ond dylai ddangos gwreiddioldeb meddwl o ran dull ymdrin a dadl. Rhoddir credyd am ansawdd syniadau, eglurder a rhesymeg dadl, dull cyflwyno, addasrwydd llyfryddiaeth a mireinder y cyflwyniad. I gyd-fynd a'r traethawd hir ceir seminarau bob pythefnos lle bydd y myfyrwyr yn gweithio gyda thiwtoriaid y modiwl ar y sgiliau ymchwil, llyfryddiaeth a methodoleg sydd eu hangen i ysgrifennu'r traethawd hir
  • WXM-3283: Edition (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Participants of this module will prepare a critical edition of a suitable work from original sources or photographic reproductions of such sources. The work concerned will be selected by the candidate in consultation with a member of staff; the selection approved by the Board of Examiners, during the summer term of Year 2. The length of the work will depend upon various factors, including scoring, the number and complexity of sources, and the extent and degree of editorial intervention the materials demand; but in every instance full editorial apparatus will be required, including a detailed textual commentary. The edition should show awareness of previous editions of relevant music, but also demonstrate a capacity for solving specific editorial problems. Credit will be given for the quality of presentation as well as of editorial work. The project will be accompanied by seminars on the research, bibliography and methodology skills required for preparing the edition.
  • WXK-3289: Composition (project) (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The composition project is an opportunity for students to spend a sustained period engaged in compositional activity, working towards the production of a work, or works, of significant scale and duration. Students complete a composition or portfolio of compositions for any combination of instruments, voices, electroacoustic and studio resources, with the guidance of a supervisor. Project composers meet regularly as a group to consider broad issues and to share ideas and approaches. Compositions should demonstrate a thorough understanding of their genre, facility in the relevant technical skills, clarity of creative intent, and contemporary cultural relevance in their aesthetic approach. Compositions should be submitted in the form of a notated score, recording or a combination. If the work involves music for moving image, a DVD of music synchronised to picture must also be submitted. The piece or portfolio should normally be about 22 minutes in duration, by agreement with the supervisor, and depending on the tempo, the complexity of the music and the nature of the instrumental/vocal/ electroacoustic resources used. Portfolios may contain a mix of different genres. This module is not appropriate for students wishing to compose in historical or pastiche styles.
    or
    WXC-3289: Cyfansoddi (project) (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae’r project yn gyfle i fyfyrwyr dreulio cyfnod estynedig mewn gweithgaredd yn ymwneud â chyfansoddi, gan weithio tuag at greu gwaith, neu weithiau, ar raddfa a hyd sylweddol. Mae myfyrwyr yn cwblhau cyfansoddiad neu bortffolio o gyfansoddiadau ar gyfer unrhyw gyfuniad o offerynnau, lleisiau, adnoddau electroacwstig ac adnoddau stiwdio, dan gyfarwyddyd arolygwr. Bydd y cyfansoddwyr sydd ar y project yn cwrdd yn gyson fel grŵp i ystyried materion eang ac i rannu syniadau a dulliau. Dylai cyfansoddiadau ddangos dealltwriaeth drylwyr o’u genre, meistrolaeth ar y medrau technegol perthnasol, eglurder o ran bwriad creadigol, a pherthnasedd diwylliannol cyfoes o ran eu dull esthetig. Dylai myfyrwyr gyflwyno cyfansoddiadau ar ffurf sgôr wedi’i nodiannu, recordiad neu gyfuniad. Os yw’r gwaith yn cynnwys cerddoriaeth ar gyfer delwedd symudol, dylech hefyd gyflwyno DVD o gerddoriaeth wedi’i chydamseru â’r llun. Fel rheol, dylai’r darn neu’r portffolio gymryd rhyw 22 munud, trwy gytundeb â’r arolygwr, ac yn ôl y tempo, cymhlethdod y gerddoriaeth a nodweddion yr adnoddau offerynnol/ lleisiol/ electroacwstig a ddefnyddir. Gall portffolios gynnwys cymysgedd o wahanol genres. Nid yw’r modiwl hwn yn addas i fyfyrwyr sy’n dymuno cyfansoddi mewn arddulliau hanesyddol neu pastiche.
  • WXP-3298: Solo Performance Project (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Participants of the module will prepare and perform a public recital of 40 minutes’ duration, featuring stylistically-diverse solo repertoire from different periods. Individual instrumental or vocal tuition will be accompanied by seminars in which the students will work on advanced questions of repertoire, rehearsal strategies, performance practice and historically-informed performance. This module is capped at 15 students
    or
    WXC-3298: Project Perfformio Unawdol (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Bydd y rhai sy’n dilyn y modiwl yn paratoi a pherfformio datganiad cyhoeddus yn para am 40 munud, yn cynnwys repertoire unawdol mewn arddulliau amrywiol o gyfnodau gwahanol. Caiff myfyrwyr hyfforddiant offerynnol neu leisiol unigol ochr yn ochr â seminarau, lle bydd y myfyrwyr yn gweithio ar gwestiynau uwch ar repertoire, strategaethau ymarfer, ymarfer ar gyfer perfformio, a pherfformio dan ddylanwad hanesyddol. Dim ond 15 o fyfyrwyr ar y modiwl yma
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS: Students must choose at least ONE Project, either in Music or in other subject. Students are welcome to choose more than one project, one in each school

Optional Modules

20 to 60 credits from:

  • UXS-3038: Journalism and Risk (20) (Semester 1)
    This course starts by presenting and critiquing the concept of risk, and the development of the field of risk communication. It then examines two key theorists of the 'risk society', namely Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens, to explore sociological theoretical foundations that explain inter-relationships of risk, trust, expertise and mass-mediated communication. Building on this theoretical lens, it then moves to examine journalism, risk and trust, looking at patterns of risk reporting in different aspects of the press. In-depth analysis of specific risk issues and their journalistic communication are examined, ranging from health risks like 'mad cow' disease to security risks like terrorism.
  • UXS-3049: Advanced Screenwriting (20) (Semester 1)
    Lectures will deliver various discourses on the history and development of adaptations, and interrogate the relationship of various media to film. Lectures will also examine a range of concepts related to adaptation, including authorship, visual storytelling, narratology and intertextuality. These concepts will then be applied to film adaptations screened in the same week. Seminar time will be spent discussing theories of adaptation, and also provide an opportunity for students to carry out creative adaptation tasks in groups, such as conceiving short film ideas, and developing adaptations from non-literary sources, such as music and photography, and other visual arts. Students will need to demonstrate an understanding of key theories related to the comparative textual analysis of an adaptation to its source material in assessed essays. However, the module is heavily focused on the creative act and process of adaptation, and offers the chance for students to radically imagine pre-existing texts in other media in their assessed coursework. Proposed films to be screened include: Adaptation (Jonze, 2002), Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, 1957), American Psycho (Harron, 2000), The Innocents (Clayton, 1961), The Others (Amenábar, 2001), The Watchmen (Snyder, 2009), Don't Look Now (Roeg, 1973), The Shining (Kubrick, 1980), Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979), Stalker (Tarkovsky, 1979), Zatoichi (Kitano, 2003), Where the Wild Things Are (Jonze, 2009), La Jetée (Marker, 1962), 12 Monkeys (Gilliam, 1995), Naked Lunch (Cronenberg, 1991), A Cock & Bull Story (Winterbottom, 2005), Elephant (Clarke, 1989), Elephant (Van Sant, 2003), The Five Obstructions (Leth/Von Trier, 2003).
  • UXS-3076: Global News Agenda (20) (Semester 2)
    Topics that this module will discuss include: the CNN effect; manipulating global news agendas through public diplomacy; war, perception management and bearing witness through global media forms; reporting distant suffering; satellite news wars; the rise of satellite news in the Middle East and the possible rise of an Arab public sphere; and the impact of global news forms on censorship and resistance.
  • QXP-3093: Experimental Writing (20) (Semester 1)
  • UXS-3401: Practical Journalism: ELD (20) (Semester 1)
    The course will teach students media law and how to report on the workings of government. They will gain practical experience in reporting from courts, inquests and council meetings. They will also be taught how to write and research news and feature articles, interviewing techniques, and how to cover running stories and elections.
    or
    UXC-3401: Newyddiaduraeth Ymarferol: MCD (20) (Semester 1)
    Bydd y modiwl yn dysgu myfyrwyr am gyfraith y cyfryngau a sut i ohebu am brosesau'r llywodraeth. Byddant yn cael profiad ymarferol o ohebu am achosion llys, cwestau a chyfarfodydd cyngor. Byddant hefyd yn dysgu sut i ymchwilio ac ysgrifennu erthyglau newyddion ac erthyglau nodwedd, technegau cyfweld a sut i ymdrin â straeon parhaol ac etholiadau.
  • UXS-3412: Playable Fiction (20) (Semester 2)
    The creative writer is constantly challenged by the evolution of literary form, striving to create fresh and original narratives that depart from the conventional. Modernism, postmodernism, and now digital media are all avenues of exploration and experimentation. This module focuses on the latter domain, as writers approach narrative through the creation of games. Story-games, such as hypertexts, interactive fictions, and visual novels, necessitate unconventional, and even unnatural, structures and perspectives. By creating playable narratives, students on this course will open their writing up to new expressions, forms, and genres. Students will discuss and explore critical and creative responses to these texts, applying new techniques and awareness to their creative writing practice.
  • UXB-3900: Research Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • UXB-3901: Creative Practice Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • UXB-3902: Enterprise Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)

20 to 60 credits from: