About the BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing programme
Have you always wanted to write a book?
Would you love to write scripts, work in journalism or finish your novel?
On this course you will learn how to write professional stories and novels; non-fiction articles, books and marketing copy; film, radio, television, comic and game scripts.
If you wish, you can start working as a freelance writer during the degree, with assignments tailored to submitting to publishers and literary agents. There will be internal opportunities to have your fiction published and your scripts produced, as well as chances to gain writing internships. Previous graduates have also gone on to attain publishing and production deals, to work full/part-time as writers, or to become creative writing and English teachers.
In short, with this course you can write, get published and graduate.
Applicants require 80 UCAS points. 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 and Maths.
Applicants who lack formal academic qualifications will be asked to bring a portfolio of their creative writing to interview and will be set an 1500-word essay on the topic ‘analyse a favourite book or script’ with guidance on content including prompts to comment on setting, characterisation, narrative perspective and theme in order to assess their academic ability.
What you will learn
Year 1 (Level 4)
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
- Research and Observation.
Year 2 (Level 5)
In your second year, you will begin to specialise, selecting your preferred mediums. You will also study narrative techniques and genre.
- Introduction to the Study of Narrative
- The Principles of Narrative
- Scriptwriting for Film and TV
- Scriptwriting for Sequential Art
- Non-Fictional Specialist Writing
- Game Narrative Design.
Year 3 (Level 6)
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
- Professional Practice.
Learning & Teaching Methods
This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support. We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer. We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve. We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.
Students will need to attend college two days a week. They will also need time for self-directed study and assessment completion, which can be done at home or at college to suit individuals’ commitments and preferences.
In many larger universities, lectures to hundreds of students are a common delivery method, however our format is a lecture-seminar hybrid where you will be a part of a smaller group of students, involved directly in creative and academic exercises – this is known amongst education specialists to be one of the most effective ways to learn and develop as a writer.
University Centre Grimsby student Ted Stanley says, “I really enjoyed the first year of the writing degree, working with a great crowd of creative people. The complementary modules are well structured and delivered with infectious enthusiasm by professional tutors who are able to draw on their comprehensive understanding of the subject and experience as professional writers. The assignments challenge you to apply the skills and knowledge, and together with the incisive and informative feedback from tutors, form an important part of the learning process, encouraging continual improvement. The course was promoted as being suitable for anyone interested in making a career from writing. The results speak for themselves: coursework I completed on year one has already won awards and been published.” – Ted Stanley
Hammond House Publishing say: “There are over eighty universities in the UK offering degrees in creative writing. I wonder how many can claim that their current undergraduates have featured in prestigious literary competitions, international film festivals, leading magazines and have 17 undergraduates become published authors in one year alone. If you’re serious about becoming a professional writer, find out about the Professional and Creative Writing degree at University Centre Grimsby.”
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.