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.

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Overview

Find your voice and discover your own creative writing path through studying with us at DMU. By embedding stimulating themes throughout our distinctive course structure we give you the opportunity to develop skills across fiction, poetry, memoir, the graphic novel, screenwriting, non-fiction, audio and performance writing, concrete poetry and new media. 

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. 

You’ll examine the relationship between word, image, and sound and, by the end of your course, you won’t just be writing – you’ll also be producing your own professional-standard publications. As a final confidence boost we include final-year voice coaching to help you leave DMU as a self-assured public performer.

Key features

  • 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.
  • You’ll learn from successful working writers and industry professionals. Recent guest speakers include our visiting professor, poet and novelist Benjamin Zephaniah, novelist Mahsuda Snaith, literary agent Oli Munson and non-fiction author Damian Le Bas.
  • Gain practical skills in confident performing, audio recording, and technical skills in digital/print publishing.
  • We’ll help you to experiment and push beyond your comfort zone and produce podcasts, audio-visual pieces and multimedia digital work.
  • Work beyond classroom boundaries in a variety of stimulating settings to promote creativity, including urban walk workshops, museum trips and ghost story workshops in a deconsecrated chapel.
  • We’re ranked in the top 10 creative writing courses in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2020).
  • Take part in an overseas trip with DMU Global, our international experience programme. On a walking tour of Berlin we asked students to consider the theme of borders and exile, while others held a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library and another trip discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen.

Scholarships:

DMU Sports Scholarship
Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

DMU Global High Flyers Award
Our dedicated DMU Global High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

More courses like this:

Creative Writing, English Language, English Literature and History
Drama (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: WW84
  • Creative Writing and Film Studies: WP83
  • Creative Writing and Journalism: WP85


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

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

Creative Writing and Drama Studies BA (Hons)

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

Note: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be asked to complete a piece of work to support their application.

Interview required: No 

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

Note: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be asked to complete a piece of work to support their 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 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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.

 

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
  • Specialism Plus Negotiated Study
  • Portfolio

 

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 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)

 

Facilities and features

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

 

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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.

Students on this course have recently considered the theme of borders and exile on a walking tour of Berlin, taken part in a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library and discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen.

 

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Placements

This course gives you the option to enhance and build your professional skills to progress within your chosen career, through a placement. Our dedicated team offers a range of careers resources and opportunities so you can start planning your future.

Victoria Cotton secured a role as editorial assistant with Pro Publishing Media and Events following a work placement with Utopia, one of the company’s magazines.

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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.

 

Our graduates go on to careers in a variety of areas such as teaching, publishing and PR, while others undertake further studies such as the Creative Writing MA at DMU.

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