Professional Writing at Bangor
Every company and organisation needs someone who can write.
And whether you’re writing for the web, print, film or TV, social media, video games, or digital fiction, there are plenty of opportunities available.
During the three years at Bangor University, depending on the degree course you choose, you will have the opportunity to work with staff who have a wide range of interests and expertise including writing poetry, the novel, the short story, documentary and film-making, digital communication, E-publishing, computer games, script and screenwriting, and journalism.
In addition to giving you the opportunity to hone your skills in practice, the course will give you a solid grounding in literary theory as applied to creative writing in various media.
Professional Writing Careers
Studying writing subjects at Bangor can be your launchpad to a great career. We have excellent links with publishers, theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry.
89% of our graduates go on to work and/or study within six months of finishing the course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education).
Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles, including: creative writing; professional writing and publishing; performance and the theatre (both on and behind the stage); print and/or broadcast journalism; as actors, presenters and in television programme production; advertising and marketing; radio (as presenters as well as in programme production); digital, web and new media production; multi-media industries; teaching; lecturing; and public relations.
Studying Media and New Media
Our modules will:
- equip you with the skills you need to get a career in creative and professional writing.
- encourage and develop student’s creative expression through the medium of writing
- introduce you to a broad range of theoretical perspectives that will enrich your research
- allow you to build a portfolio of work that will impress prospective employers
- keep you up-to-date with changes in the world of online writing and publishing
- master a range of ‘non-traditional’ modes of writing, such as digital fiction and screenwriting
- outline the building blocks of writing theory, such as narrative, character, dialogue and voice, plotting, act structures, tone and genre.
- give you the confidence and self-reliance to excel in a competitive industry
The creative and professional writing degrees at Bangor offer the full package of practical experience and academic study. Students are given the opportunity to choose route according to personal preference, or balance modules that combine traditional modes of presenting your writing (the short story, poetry) with modules that look at non-traditional modes of storytelling.
Our joint honour degrees will also give you the opportunity to study modules from other schools.
Professional Writing Staff
Dr. Lyle Skains is a practice-based researcher in Creative Writing and Digital Media, focusing on the practice, process, and effects of writing digital fiction and interactive stories. She teaches multimedia writing & design, transmedia narratives, and playable fiction. She teaches Writing Across Media, Transmedia Storytelling, and Playable Fiction.
Studying for an undergraduate degree in the School is a rich and stimulating activity. The emphasis here is on creative exploration and critical understanding.
If you choose practical modules, we have specialist resources to support media production work.
As well as our extensive loans service for equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, stills cameras and more, we have a range of industry-standard facilities:
- Professionally equipped Radio studio
- Audio editing suites running Adobe Audition
- Digital video edit suites running Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express on Apple Macs
- Creative Writing, Journalism and New Media teaching spaces
- Cinema Space with Dolby Surround Sound
- John Phillips Hall with a large performance space with professional theatre lighting facilities for rehearsal and performance work
- Professional equipment and computing facilities
- Video and Radio kits for use on location work in the field of radio and TV
- Multi-media computer rooms
All these facilities are available to you in addition to the University resources which you have access to as one of our students.
Our new multi-million pound Pontio centre is a major social hub for students as well as an international centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts.