Creative Studies and English Language BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeWQ93
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer104–120 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 School of Linguistics and English Language. It is aimed at students who want to study Creative Studies (combining some study of: creative writing, film studies, theatre studies, media and journalism studies) with the study of English Language. This course course will equip you with a lively grounding in the practical and critical skills required in these connected 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 Institute 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 Linguistics and English Language at Bangor is renowned as both a research and teaching School. It was one of the first established in the UK, and has a distinguished tradition in the field of Linguistics.
  • 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 the creative studies subjects. The University has a fully equipped media and performance centre, with editing suites, new media suites, a dedicated creative writing and journalism room, 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, film and drama communities, in the USA, Australasia and Europe, and those working in the field of English Language. 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.

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Course Content

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

English Language and Creative Studies offers a balance of practical and critical tasks, introducing students to creative practice studies and the critical study of creative practices in combination with a study of English Language. In Creative Studies you will explore a variety of creative forms, specialising increasingly as you progress through the degree in that form you find most interesting and rewarding (e.g. film, creative writing, theatre and drama, media or new media, journalism). In English Language modules range from speech and language acquisition, to forensic linguistics and bilingualism to discussions of globalisation and the English Language. Much of your study will be done in small group teaching.

What will you study on this course?

A total of 120 credits must be taken in each year. Modules to choose from can include:

Creative Studies

Year 1

60 credits from:

  • The Arts of Writing (20)
  • Creative Writing: Forms and Techniques (20)
  • Introduction to Film History (20)
  • The Language of Film (20)
  • Introduction to Textual Analysis (20)
  • Introduction to Theatre Studies (20)
  • Modern Theatre (20)
  • IT for Creative Industries (20)
  • Introduction to Journalism (20)
  • Television and Radio Studies (20)
  • Introduction to Media Production (20)
  • Media and Popular Music Culture (10)
  • Games, Disks and the Web (20)
  • My Creative Project (20) (core)
  • Saints, Geniuses, Stars (20)
  • Creating Fiction (20)
  • Animation from Mickey to Manga (20)
  • Women on Film (20)
  • Poetry and Performance (20)

Year 2

60 credits from:

  • Film Theory/Film Culture (20)
  • Creative Writing: Showing and Telling (20)
  • Creative Writing: The Novel (20)
  • Writing for Film and the Media (20)
  • Standard Media Production (20)
  • Development of Journalism (20)
  • Essentials of Multimedia (20)
  • Scripts for Theatre and Television (20)
  • Development and Censorship of Television (20)
  • Directing Theatre (20)
  • Styles of Theatre (20)
  • Marketing Creativity (20)
  • Documentary and Drama (20)
  • British Publishing Uncovered (20)
  • Developing Multimedia (20)
  • Writing for Children (20)
  • Creative Project 2 (20)

Year 3

60 credits from:

  • Marketing Creative Writing (20)
  • Advanced Practical Journalism (20)
  • Creative Project 3 (20)
  • Writing Hypertext (20)
  • Advanced Media Production (20)
  • The Films of Alfred Hitchcock (20)
  • Stanley Kubrick: Auteur (20)
  • Creative Writing and Production 2 (20)
  • Creative Writing Dissertation (40)
  • PR and Visual Journalism (20)
  • Scripts for Theatre and Television (20)
  • Development and Censorship of Television (20)
  • Directing Theatre (20)
  • Styles of Theatre (20)
  • British Cinema (20)
  • America on Film (20)
  • Celtic Film (20)

English Language

Year 1

Core:

  • Tools for Language Analysis I (20)
  • English in Society (20)
  • Tools for Language Analysis II (20)

Year 2

60 credits chosen from:

  • Sentence Structure: Syntax (20)
  • Variation in English (20)
  • Meaning (20)
  • Research Methods and Design (20)

Year 3

60 credits chosen from:

  • Speech and Language Disorders (20)
  • Child Language Acquisition (20)
  • History of English (20)
  • Language and Gender (20)
  • Teaching EFL (20)
  • Interactional Pragmatics (20)
  • Applied Linguistics TEFL (20)
  • Sociolinguistics (20)
  • Bilingualism (20)
  • Forensic Linguistics (20)
  • Discourse Analysis (20)
  • English and Globalisation (20)

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 Creative Studies and English Language 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.

Employability and Linguistics and English Language degrees

A degree in Linguistics and English Language equips you with knowledge and skills which will open many doors for you when choosing a career.

  • Our modules in Child Language Acquisition, Speech and Language Disorders offer a good foundation for those who wish to pursue postgraduate training in speech and language therapy in order to qualify as a speech and language therapist.
  • Our modules on English Grammar and Child Language Acquisition offer a good foundation for those who wish to pursue a PGCE (teacher training qualification).
  • Modules in Teaching English as a foreign Language are invaluable for those who wish to teach English overseas.

However, some English Language/Linguistics graduates, as with most other Arts graduates follow a career path that's not directly related to their degree.

Linguistics and English Language graduates have gone on to work in following fields: accountancy, librarianship, the police force, teaching English as a foreign language, or have gone on to further postgraduate study, teacher training or other training such as diploma in social work or postgraduate training for speech and language therapy.

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

The entry requirements below are the School of Music and Media requirements. Please also check with the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics for any additional requirements.

For 2020 entry:

Typical offer is based on a minimum 104 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g:

  • A Levels (no specific subjects required)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
  • Access: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted. International school leaving qualifications

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.

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.

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 for Undergraduate programmes

You can apply to study at Bangor directly by using the online application form or through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.)

Option 1 – Applying directly to Bangor

Apply online – Direct to Bangor
  • Read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form

Once you have read the guidance notes...

Need help applying?

If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Option 2- Applying to study at Bangor through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS is an online application system allowing students to apply for up to five courses in the UK through one application. You can apply for more than one programme at a specific university, for example you could apply to study BA Psychology and BSc Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor. Find out more about how to apply to Bangor University through UCAS

If you have applied through UCAS already then you may wish to visit the International Student pages of UCAS website for further information.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions
School of Music and Media
Tel: 01248 382085
E-mail: media@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

Why study Linguistics & English Language degrees?

  • All our members of Linguistics and English language staff have wide-ranging teaching and research interest so we offer a more varied programme of modules than most universities.
  • We offer a virtually unrestricted choice of options so you can concentrate on theoretical topics, practical topics or a bit of both.
  • We have a dedicated computer room, phonetics laboratory and linguistics lecture room.
  • We have our very own student society – Bangor Linguistics Society – which organises weekly social events and one off events such as guest lectures and the Christmas party.
  • Over half of the departments at Bangor assessed to date in the teaching quality assessments have received the top rating of ‘excellent’
  • The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent
  • We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes in the UK.

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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