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Creative Writing BA

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English

About this program

Creative Writing BA

Explore the urge to create and build new worlds, to share language and stories with others. On our course you work on the craft of writing through a multi-genre approach, through and across a variety of writings from fiction and poetry, to non-fiction, psychogeography, performance writing and beyond.

At Essex we offer an unusual approach to the practice of writing, combing innovative and traditional methods in order to develop your writing skills and abilities to judge your work critically, while expanding your knowledge across different modes and genres. In the Centre for Creative Writing we encourage a culture of experiment and creativity, enabling you to feel part of a community of writers.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama
  • Writing for the Radio
  • Text Up Close: Reading for Criticism
  • The Writer's Toolkit
  • The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways
  • Poetry: A Very Short Introduction
  • Contemporary Texts and Contexts

Year 2

  • Writing the Short Story
  • Writing Structures
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • "I, too, sing America": Identity, Diversity, and Voice in United States Literature
  • Criticism: Practice and Theory

Final Year

  • Shakespeare and the History Play
  • The Beginning of a Novel
  • "There is a Continent Outside My Window" : United States and Caribbean Literatures in Dialogue
  • Independent Creative Writing Project
  • Reading and Writing Poetry

Program delivery

Creative Writing BA: 3 years

Creative Writing BA (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

Creative Writing BA (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Teaching will mainly take the form of lectures and classes of about 20 students
  • Emphasis on practical exercises and creative approaches
  • A typical timetable involves a one-hour lecture and a one-hour class for each of your modules every week

Tuition

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Qualification

You will enhance your skills by engaging with a range of techniques, practical exercises and creative approaches and opportunities, including:

  • Discover how words and ideas move across the world and are transformed through translation
  • Write an independent creative project developed over eight months in your final year
  • Explore the psychological foundations of creativity in relation to myth
  • Surrealism and Defamiliarisation
  • Creative use of social media
  • Writing for radio and playwriting

Career paths

Our graduates are also ideally prepared for careers in the media, education, publishing, and the film and theatre industries. Two particular areas in which our graduates have had recent success are publishing and the theatre. One of our former students is now in charge of editorial at a large publishing house, and another has just taken over running one of the country’s major theatres.

Other recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of desirable roles including:

  • The Civil Service
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Marketing
  • Museum and library work
  • Commerce and finance
  • Teaching

About this institute

University of Essex

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected.  We’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked in the top 30 in...


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