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Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Creative Writing (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

The value of Joint Honours Creative Writing is that your writing stays fresh, whilst receiving additional impetus (and skills) from a complimentary academic discipline. Your writing needs to be fed ideas and varied stimuli, and all the Joint pathways are carefully chosen because they enhance your writing practice.

Overview

Reasons to study Creative Writing (Joint Honours) BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • Top 20 creative writing course
    in the UK, according to The Sunday Times Guide league tables
  • Become part of regional writing networks 
    and perform and publish your work through events such as our book fair, States of Independence, DMU’s Cultural eXchanges festival, and take advantage of spoken word events.
  • Gain practical skills
    in confident performing, audio recording, and technical skills in digital/print publishing
  • Take risks and experiment 
    in areas of writing you may have not encountered before; such as podcasting, making audio-visual pieces, and multi-linear digital work
  • Work beyond the classroom
    in stimulating settings like an urban walk-workshop, museum trips, and collaborative ghost-story writing sessions in a chapel
  • International opportunity
    through
    #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Creative Writing at DMU enables you to find the creative path that’s right for you. The unique structure means your modules are organised around stimulating themes such as place, identity, and the relations between word, image, and sound. Within these you develop skills in a wide range of forms, including fiction, poetry, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, audio and performance writing, and new media. 

Alongside familiar form and genres such as short stories, free verse, strict form poetry and memoir, you will also have the opportunity to explore screenplays, graphic novel scripts, flash fiction as well as new media and concrete poetry.

By the end of the course you won’t just be writing, you’ll be making your own professional-standard publications for the page and web, and making studio-quality recordings of your own work. Final year voice-coach training will mean you also leave us as confident public performers.

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More courses like this:

Creative Writing (Single Honours) BA (Hons)
English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

English Language (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Film Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Creative Writing and:

  • Drama Studies: WW84
  • English: WQ83
  • English Language: QW38
  • Film Studies: WP83
  • Journalism: WP85 

 

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval).

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2017/18: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

Creative Writing and English BA (Hons)

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels and grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM and grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE with at least 15 level 3 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or Literature at grade Distinction and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Note: You may be asked to complete a piece of work to support your application.

Interview required: No 

Creative Writing and Drama Studies BA (Hons)

  • 104 points from at least 2 A'levels
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.Access - Pass

QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or Literature at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Note: You may be asked to complete a piece of work to support your application.

Interview required: No 

Creative Writing and English Language BA (Hons)
Creative Writing and Film Studies BA (Hons)
Creative Writing and Journalism BA (Hons)

  • 104 points from at least 2 A'levels
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM 
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or Literature at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Note: You may be asked to complete a piece of work to support your application.

Note: For Creative Writing and Journalism BA (Hons) we would expect to see an interest in journalism and current affairs.

Interview required: No

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Exploring Creative Writing
  • Writing Identity 

Second year

  • Writing Place
  • Word, Image, Sound

Third year

  • Professional Writing Skills
  • Portfolio
  • Specialism Plus Negotiated Study

 

Overview

This degree programme is carefully designed to develop your potential by ensuring you encounter the full range of forms open to the 21st century creative writer, whilst also allowing you flexibility to focus, for assignments, on projects and genres that interest you most. We want you to learn that practicing a particular kind of writing can hone your craft in a different form (for example, dramatists learn so much about choreographing the natural movements of a voice on the page from writing free verse poetry).

In the first year, the focus is upon shorter work, and the importance of developing your editing and re-drafting skills; and your capacity to accept and evaluate feedback from others.  This process will enable you to take a critical and reflective approach to your work (Both creative and reflective writing will be assessed).

At second year the assignments lengthen, and the focus upon research intensifies as you are expected to situate your own writing alongside your reading of other writers in your field.

In the final year, such knowledge is pushed further by making you consider how your sense of the ways in which creative work is published and marketed will help you understand how your own practice might fit in – or resist – contemporary conventions.

In all years, the modules reinforce the knowledge that reading and analysing the work of other practitioners – your fellow students included - will help you understand and develop your own formal and technical abilities.  

Contact hours

Creative Writing and Drama
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 26 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Creative Writing and English Language
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 11 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Creative Writing and Film Studies
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 17 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 23 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Creative Writing and Journalism
For more information visit Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

English and Creative Writing
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 11 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Facilities and features

Clephan Building

Home to DMU’s humanities subjects, this facility is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens. Currently Clephan houses some key Art, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Art, Design and Humanities Placement Team.

The Building features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, a hub for creative writing in the historic city of Leicester. The centre is a place to study creative writing, a centre for research, and houses a vibrant and diverse community of writers.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations. 

 

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Creative Writing is an international-facing subject: you learn about the global publishing world, and are tutored by writers and guests part of the international writing community. Students have taken opportunities to study abroad in America, Cyprus, Germany and Japan.

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Graduate careers

The final year Professional Writing Skills module prepares you to think more widely about employability, and to recognise – and articulate to employers – the rich skills you bring to any workplace. Some graduates currently work in schools (as teachers or in other roles), for publishers, in publicity departments and on newspapers. One graduate is a stand-up comic while another has reached the clinical practice stage of postgraduate medicine. Some undertake further studies at masters and doctoral level both in Britain and abroad. Others travel or choose work which allows them time to write. 

 

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