Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Overview

If you’re an aspiring writer, there’s no better place to hone your craft than the home of literary greats, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

On this BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree course, you’ll learn to write across various mediums. From stories to scripts and plays to poetry, you’ll develop your writing voice and improve your technique under the guidance of professional novelists, poets and playwrights.

The course develops your talent and prepares you for a career in writing. You’ll learn the skills to succeed in many creative and professional industries, from print and online media to film and television, as well as public relations, advertising and teaching.

What you'll experience

On this Creative Writing degree course, you'll:

  • Get to grips with techniques that writers have used for centuries and study contemporary skills to inspire and entertain your audience through the power of written word
  • Learn from published authors, scriptwriters and media specialists who'll help you bring your ideas to life in creative workshops
  • Share your work with fellow writers who are buzzing with fresh ideas
  • Learn to write across a variety of mediums and genres including magazine articles, television dramas, stage plays, autobiography, travel writing, fan fiction and publicity campaigns
  • Have the chance to publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog
  • Glean tips and tricks from visiting professional writers like Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay
  • Get the opportunity to shadow theatre professionals and have your work performed on stage thanks to our links with Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal and other local theatres

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and add to your portfolio.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • True Stories
  • Telling Tales
  • Tips, Tricks and Techniques
  • Professional Writing
  • Creative Reviews and Features
  • Writing for the Film and TV Industries

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Finding Form - Fiction
  • Finding Form - Non-fiction

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Writing for Comedy
  • Finding Form - Writing for Performance
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Script Writing
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
  • Professional Experience

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. 

Year 3

The core module in this year is:

  • Creative Writing Dissertation

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Writing for Film
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Fan Fiction
  • Global Journalism and Human Rights
  • News, War and Peace
  • Representing Science in the Media
  • Studying Comedy
  • Writing and Producing Magazines
  • Writing Project (With Publishing)

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • short stories
  • a novel in progress
  • a screenplay
  • a collection of poems
  • a magazine pitch
  • public relations campaign
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 12% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

You’ll graduate from this Creative Writing degree course with the knowledge, skills and market awareness to succeed wherever your writing takes you, in whatever industry you choose.

What jobs can you do with a Creative Writing degree?

With the ability to take on roles in a variety of professional and creative sectors, previous graduates have gone on to become copywriters, journalists, theatre managers and editorial assistants in areas such as:

  • creative writing (prose, poetry, script)
  • advertising and marketing
  • arts and events management
  • local and community broadcasting
  • teaching

You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

You'll get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding your first role and for 5 years after you graduate.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of written work.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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