Professional and Creative Writing BA

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Professional and Creative Writing BA
Code W801
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 6
Course type Full Time


BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing is more than just a creative writing degree.

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Alongside short stories and novels, you will have the opportunity to learn how to write scripts for television, film, radio, games and comics, as well as non-fiction books and articles, developing a wide-ranging skillset and portfolio.

You will focus on creative writing in professional contexts, covering how to advance writing skills with topics such as plot structure and character development, alongside tailoring writing style and format to meet the requirements of specific publications and contexts.

You will be encouraged to view yourself as a freelance writer during the programme (although this is optional). Many of your assignments are designed so that you can directly submit them to professional companies for potential publishing or production.

You will also benefit from publishing and production opportunities in-house and through our industry contacts, for example we have had students’ short stories in professional anthologies, students’ scripts produced by our FD Television Production students, and students working as scriptwriters and journalists for ESTV (a college run student channel). Our students have also gained internships with local and national newspapers, magazines and publishers.

You will begin the degree with a love for writing and have the potential to graduate as a professional.


Level 4 – Year 1.

In your first year, you will study a range of writing specialisms.

Introduction to Prose, Introduction to Scriptwriting for Film, Introduction to Scriptwriting for Radio, Introduction to Non-Fiction, The Writer and the Reader, and Research and Observation.

Level 5 – Year 2.

In your second year, you will begin to specialise, selecting your preferred mediums. You will also study narrative techniques and genre.

Core modules: Genre, Introduction to the Study of Narrative and The Principles of Narrative. Optional modules: Prose, Scriptwriting for Film and TV, Scriptwriting for Sequential Art, Non-Fictional Specialist Writing and Game Narrative Design.

Level 6 – Year 3.

In your third year, you will specialise in your preferred medium and develop your Final Major Project, which may be, for example a novel, non-fiction book or feature film script. Alongside, there are complimentary modules to help you perfect your writing practice and break into the industry. Final Major Project, Market Research for Writers, Retrospection and Professional Practice.

How will it be delivered?

Students will need to attend university two days a week. They will also need time for self-directed study and assessment completion, which can be done at home or at university to suit individuals’ commitments and preferences.

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points (UCAS 2017 tariff). This equates to MMP or above at BTEC National Diploma, CCD at A-Level, or Merit on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media). Also, a minimum of grade 4 (A to C GCSE or Level 2) in English.

Alternatively, applicants may evidence their capability through samples of their writing and the satisfactory completion of an essay task, set at interview.

Your next steps...

Previous writing graduates have gone on to gain international publishing deals for their novels and production deals for their scripts, locally, nationally and even in Hollywood. Many also work full-time in the writing industry, for example writing non-fiction for magazines and online publications; in marketing positions; or as managers at publishing houses and newspapers. Others work freelance writing articles, as proofreaders, or self-publishing books. Some graduates prefer to continue their education with a master’s degree and/or a teaching qualification, going on to careers teaching English, creative writing, media and other relevant subjects. Doing this degree will increase your chances of publication and of a career in any area of the writing or education industries.