Music and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeWW38
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This exciting course course is run by the School of Creative Studies and Media in collaboration with Bangor’s world-class School of Music. The course is aimed at students who want to study Creative Writing (for example: fiction, poetry, scriptwriting) and combine this with the study and/or practice of Music. This course course will equip you with a lively grounding in the practical and critical skills required in these exciting creative fields.

The School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor specialises in three key areas: Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Journalism; Media, Film and Cinema Studies, New Media; and The Entertainment Industries and Performance Arts. The School has research interests in all areas of the Creative Industries, with research programmes running in several key areas: Creative Writing, Critical Writing about Creative Writing, the dimensions and enhancement of Creativity, Publishing and Bookselling, Hollywood and European Cinemas, New and Digital Media, Performance and Nation, Creative Mobile Technologies, Celtic Film and Media, Creative Industries Policy and Management, Children's Picture Books, Postcolonial Film and Media, Creative and Critical Understanding, Digital Versatile Disk, Critical Responsiveness for Creative Practitioners, Interactive Television and Podcasting.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • The School of Music at Bangor has dedicated facilities, and is world renowned as both a research and teaching School.
  • The University has a dedicated School of Creative Studies and Media building situated overlooking the beautiful Menai Strait and housing its own digital cinema, performance space, creative writing and journalism room and WIFI meeting area. It is also the home of a number of national and international research, development and outreach programmes in creative writing and creative industries. The University has a fully equipped Media Centre, with editing suites, new media suites, production studios and media equipment available to students.
  • Bangor has been the location of a number of festivals, is a regular site for visiting creative writers, musicians, film- and media-makers and dramatists, and encourages students to engage widely with such areas as new media, journalism and cross-arts activity.
  • We are committed to teaching in small groups and the majority of our modules are delivered through weekly workshops or seminars.
  • This course is strengthened by Bangor's close links with many outside bodies, including the international creative writing community, in the USA, Australasia and Europe (i.e. fiction, poetry and scriptwriting specialists), and those working in the field of Music. Staff are practising professionals, who work on joint projects and act as advisers to research councils, arts councils and other bodies.
  • 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.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

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

Music and Creative Writing offers a balance of practical and critical tasks. In Creative Writing you will explore a variety of forms, specialising as you progress through the degree in that form you find most interesting and rewarding (e.g. short story or novel writing, poetry, script and screen writing, writing for children, new media writing, writing for performance, writing for particular genre). In Music modules are also either practical or critical. Much of your study will be done in small group teaching.

What will you study on this course?

During the course a total of 120 credits must be taken in each year.  Modules to choose from can include:

Creative Writing

Year 1

60 credits from:

  • Creating Fiction (20)
  • Poetry and Performance (20)
  • Publishing Past and Present (20)
  • Introduction to Journalism (20)
  • Creative Project 1 (20)
  • Poetic Forms and Dramatic Techniques (20)
  • Arts of Writing: Forms and Techniques (20)
  • Essentials of Media Production (20)
  • Introduction to New Media (20)
  • Introduction to Theatre Studies (20)
  • Saints, Geniuses, Stars (20) 

Year 2

60 credits from:

  • Marketing Creativity (20)
  • Stories and Storytelling (20)
  • Creative Project 2 (20)
  • Standard Media Production (20)
  • Writing for Children (20)
  • Writing the Novel  (20)
  • Games and Virtual Environments (20)
  • Writing for Film and the Media (20)
  • Development of Journalism (20)
  • Science Fiction (20)
  • British Publishing: Uncovered (20)
  • Scripts for Theatre and Television (20)

Year 3

60 credits from:

  • Marketing Creative Writing (20)
  • Creative Writing Dissertation (20)
  • Advanced Practical Journalism (20)
  • Individual Project (20)
  • Creative Project 3 (20)
  • Writing Hypertext (20)
  • Digital Photojournalism (20)
  • Creating Documentaries (20)
  • Creative Writing and Production 2 (20)
  • Scripts for Theatre and Television (20)
  • Directing Theatre (20)
  • e-Publishing (20)
  • Advanced Games (20) 

Music

Year 1 

60 credits from:

  • Monteverdi to Mahler (20)
  • Harmony and Counterpoint (20)
  • Composition (20)
  • Practical Music Technology (10)
  • An Introduction to Early Music (10)
  • Twentieth-Century Music (10)
  • Music Cultures of the World (20)
  • Media and Popular Music Culture (10)
  • Solo Performance (20)
  • Performance and Interpretation (10) 

Year 2

60 credits from:

  • Cerdd. Metcalf, Sam a Barrett (10)
  • The Violin in World Culture (10)
  • Christian Church 2 (10)
  • Choral Music 1750-1830 (10)
  • Songs of Protest (10)
  • Minimalism (10)
  • The Twentieth-Century Symphony (10)
  • J. S. Bach (10)
  • Purcell in the Theatre (10)
  • Bartok (10)
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (10)
  • Debussy and Ravel (10)
  • Orchestrations and Arranging A (10)
  • Composition A (10)
  • Orchestrations and Arranging B (10)
  • Composition B (10)
  • Ensemble Performance 1 (10)
  • Historical Performance Studies (10)
  • Solo Performance (20)
  • Ensemble Performance 2 (10)
  • Conducting (10)
  • Writing about Music (10)
  • Tonal Studies A (10)
  • Ethno A: Ethno in Action (10)
  • Welsh Music Studies A: 20th-Century (10)
  • Arts Administration (10)
  • Recording Techniques (10)
  • Wagner in the Theatre (10)
  • Schenkerian Techniques (10)
  • Research Project (10)
  • Notation and Editing (10)
  • Tonal Studies B (10)
  • Music in the Community (10)
  • Community Arts Project (10)

Year 3

60 credits from:

  • Supplementary Study (10)
  • Orchestration and Arranging A (10)
  • Composition A (10)
  • Orchestration and Arranging C (10)
  • Songs of Protest (10)
  • The Twentieth-Century Symphony (10)
  • J. S. Bach (10)
  • Purcell in the Theatre (10)
  • Bartok (10)
  • Writing about Music (10)
  • Tonal Studies A (10)
  • Ethno A: Ethno in Action (10)
  • Welsh Music A: 20th-Century (10)
  • Arts Administration (10)
  • Teaching Techniques (10)
  • Recording Techniques (10)
  • Ensemble Performance 1 (10)
  • Historical Performance Studies (10)
  • Composition (project) (20)
  • Composition (project) (30)
  • Composition (project) (40)
  • Dissertation (20)
  • Dissertation (30)
  • Dissertation (40)
  • Edition (20)
  • Edition (30)
  • Edition (40)
  • Tonal Music Project (20)
  • Tonal Music Project (30)
  • Tonal Music Project (40)
  • Solo Performance (20)
  • Solo Performance (30)
  • Solo Performance (40)
  • Supplementary Study (10)
  • Orchestration and Arranging B (10)
  • Composition B (10)
  • The Violin in World Culture (10)
  • Christian Church 2 (10)
  • Choral Music 1750-1830 (10)
  • Minimalism (10)
  • Wagner in the Theatre (10)
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (10)
  • Debussy and Ravel (10)
  • Schenkerian Techniques (10)
  • Research Project (10)
  • Notation and Editing (10)
  • Tonal Studies B (10)
  • Ethno B: Music in Africa (10)
  • Music in the Community (10)
  • Community Arts Project (10)
  • Editing Fifteenth-Century Music (10)
  • Ensemble Performance 2 (10)
  • Conducting (10)

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Music and Creative Writing Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Employability and Creative Studies and Media degrees

Creative Studies and Media courses 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:

  • Creative Writing, Professional Writing and Publishing;
  • Performance and the Theatre, both on and behind the stage;
  • Print and/or Broadcast Journalism;
  • Actors, presenters and in television programme production;
  • Advertising and the Marketing industries;
  • Radio, as presenters, as well as in programme production;
  • Digital, Web and New Media production;
  • Multi-media industries.

A number of graduates have likewise continued to Postgraduate study.

Some have followed careers in teaching, lecturing, politics and public relations.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Skills 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.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

TARGETconnect - Working while you Study

The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

    TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities

Entry Requirements

Please also check with the School of Music and Media for any additional requirements.

For 2020 entry:

For joint degrees, look at the entry for your other chosen subject. For all Music courses the ability to read staff notation is required. Typical offer is based on a minimum 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (including grade B in Music or in conjunction with alternative qualifications listed below **)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H6 in Music)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Music: DDM
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDM**
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered case by case**
  • Access: Pass**
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
  • Points from grade examinations are taken appropriate, not normally included in the offer.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

**Can be considered in conjunction with grade B in A level Music; or merit in the ABRSM/ Trinity/LCM/Rockschool Grade 5 T ade 7 Practical; or IB Higher in Music.

For 2019 entry:

  • 120-104 tariff points from a level 3 qualification. These include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements)

 

 

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and 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. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature 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.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

Home/EU Student Tuition Fees (2019–20 & 2020–21)
  • Full time: £9,000 per year
  • Part time: £750 per 10 credits

International Student Tuition Fees

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

Music:

Mandatory Costs:

Core module (WXM 1002, The Study of Music): purchase of text book A History of Western Music: £25 (usual price £39) ocore module (WXC 1002, Astudio Cerddoriaeth): purchase of text book Hanes Cerddoriaeth y Gorllewin: £15 (usual price £25) [earlier edition of the English version].

Although we are moving to online submissions as of AY 2017-18, a minority of modules may require students to print out a copy of the assignment (i.e. they will not be suitable for online submission). These costs will vary according to students.

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Instruments, instrument consumables (e.g. reeds, strings), instrument repairs, will vary from student to student.

Pontio concert tickets - varies, but on average around £50 a year.

Optional Costs:

Optional year 1 module, Composition (WXK 1011) or Cyfansoddi (WXC 1011): purchase of text book, Composing Contemporary Music or Cyfansoddi Cerddoriaeth Gyfoes: £10 (usual cost £15).

Optional year 3 module, Teaching in Context (WXM 3270): DBS check, if applicable (may not be to all students, depending on project chosen): £44.

Software (if students wish to work at home rather than on campus).

Sheet music (if students wish to have their own copies rather than using those in the Library).

Optional trips (e.g. annual BBC National Orchestra of Wales workshop in Cardiff) – cost varies.

Additional Tickets for School Graduation Tea: £10 per head.

Creative Studies:

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Students are encouraged to purchase core texts for modules; the price for the core texts is typically between £20 and £50 per 20-credit module. All software is provided on University systems, but students may choose to purchase copies from software distributors for personal use.

Optional Costs:

These can include School graduation events, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

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.

Your Personal Statement

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.

After you’ve applied

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.

International Student?

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:

Erasmus student?

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.

The University’s International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Team
Tel: 01248 382085
E-mail: music@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/media

 

Why study a Creative Studies and Media degree?

Research and practice

  • Our courses combine elements of research and practice.
  • You have the opportunity to create and produce in all media fields under the supervision of staff that have many years of experience working in the media.
  • We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry. BBC Wales’ television and radio centre is literally next-door, and there are many independent producers nearby.
  • Students will be able to take advantage of the new Pontio centre, which includes a theatre, a cinema, a design and innovation centre, and spacious lecture rooms.
  • Our students play a prominent role in many creative projects, such as Student Cut Films, two student newspapers – Seren and Llef – and a radio station, Storm FM.

Excellent Facilities

  • We have a dedicated Media Centre with with editing suites, production studios, and digital media equipment.
  • We also have a professionally equipped Radio studio with the latest digital equipment.
  • The Centre has Avid, Matrox and analogue editing suites, and digital sound editing suites.
  • We have a large performance space, computer lighting system and digital sound for rehearsal and performance work.
  • We have a digital cinema with first-rate projection equipment and Dolby Surround Sound.

Our Staff

  • Our staff have many years of experience working in the media, so can offer students practical guidance
  • We have research active staff who are world-experts in their fields, providing advice to governments, corporations and NGOs
  • We're a close-knit department and give individual attention to our students to help their development

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.

Unrivalled location

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’.

Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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