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Creative and Professional Writing

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
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Creative and Professional Writing

About this program

Creative and Professional Writing

It is aimed at students who want to study writing, and uniquely allows you to approach this study through a variety of disciplinary pathways: instruction in using the techniques and forms of creative writing; study of the short story, the novel and poetry as literary forms; vocationally-oriented modules in journalism, screenwriting, scriptwriting, storytelling, genre writing, writing for performance and publication, and writing for online and other digital media. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the critical and practical skills you will need to pursue a writing career.

During the three years of this degree, you will have the opportunity to work with staff who have a wide range of interests and expertise including poetry, the novel, the short story, documentary and film-making, digital communication, E-publishing, computer games, script and screenwriting, and print and broadcast journalism.

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

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Creative Writing: Prose
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Reading, Thinking, Writing

Semester 2

  • Creative Writing: Prose
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Introduction to Screenwriting

Optional Modules

  • Intro to Practical Journalism (Semester 1)
  • The Literature of Laughter (Semester 1)
  • The Gothic in Literature/Film (Semester 2)
  • Landmarks in Literature (Semester 2)
  • Children's Fiction (Creative) (Semester 2)
  • Intro' to Media Practice (Semester 2)

Year 2

Optional Modules

  • C/Writing: Poetry & Short Fict (Semester 2)
  • Creative Writing: The Novel (Semester 1)
  • Transformative Writing (Semester 1)
  • Creative Non-Fiction (Semester 2)
  • Modern & Contemporary Writing (Semester 1)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (Semester 2)
  • Practical Digital Journalism (Semester 1)
  • Screenwriting:Theory&Practice (Semester 2)
  • Game Design Level & Mechanics (Semester 1)
  • Game Development (Semester 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Creative Writing Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Research Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Creative Practice Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Enterprise Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)

Optional Modules

  • Cross-Cultural Writing (Semester 2)
  • Detective Fiction (Semester 1)
  • Writing and Environments (Semester 2)
  • Jane Austen (Semester 2)
  • Shakespeare and EM Literature (Semester 2)
  • Fantastic Fictions (Semester 1)
  • Practical Digital Journalism (Semester 1)
  • Arthur: legend and super hero (Semester 1)
  • Experimental Writing (Semester 1)
  • Medieval Women's Literature (Semester 2)
  • EM Lit: Sex, Sects and Scandal (Semester 1)
  • Neo-Victorian Fiction (Semester 2)
  • Dystopian Fiction (Semester 1)
  • Screenwriting:Theory&Practice (Semester 2)
  • Game Design 3 (Semester 1)
  • Game Production (Semester 2)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Hons) degree.

Career paths

This degree equips graduates to work as writers in film, digital media, television, radio and the press, as well as to pursue professional careers in creative writing. Several graduates each year go on to develop their work further with the Schools of English and Creative Studies and Media through a period of postgraduate study.

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