Creative Writing - BA (Hons) full-time

Why choose this course?

    What's special about the University of Bolton's Creative Writing degree?

    • All tutors are professional writers whose work has been published and/or produced on stage, screen and radio

    • The University has a unique creative partnership with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and many students undertake work-based learning there.

    • Award-winning theatre director David Thacker is the University's Visiting Professor of Dramatic Arts

    Course overview

    Creative writing is an art that links imagination with craft. Taught by professional writers, you will learn essential features of the art that will give you a solid foundation for your imaginative practice. In the introductory modules you will learn about character, dialogue, structure, point of view, writing for different media, using language with imagination and purpose, editing and many other aspects of the writer’s craft.

    This will equip you for more advanced study and practice later in the course including the workshop method, where your creative work will be shared with your fellow students and discussed in a supportive way to enable you to redraft it. In the professional world fiction, drama and poetry are rewritten and rewritten and this course will equip you with essential skills in criticism and self-criticism that will help you to hone your creative work. In the final year you will undertake a major project in the field of your choice which will be work shopped and redrafted at least once and perhaps many more times.

    The study and practice of the processes of creativity will be supported by contextual investigation and analysis. We encourage students to take work-based learning and have frequent guest speakers – writers, publishers, editors, actors, directors and many more.

    About the course

    The course is focused on supporting your development as a writer. As with other courses at the University of Bolton, the creative writing degree reflects the practice of professionals in the field, and you are encouraged to learn from the way that professional writers work and build up an understanding of your own creative process at the same time. Our tutors draw on their experience as professional writers to help you to turn your abilities and ambitions into achievements.

    Special features

    • A programme of visiting speakers – writers and others from the world of writing (editors, publishers, directors).

    • A well established programme of fiction and poetry readings and your chance to meet professional writers

    • The annual Creative Writing Degree show, usually held at the Octagon Theatre, celebrates the final year work of our students.

    • The Octagon Theatre Prize is awarded annually for outstanding achievement in writing drama and the winning piece is given a professional presentation at the theatre, with professional actors and David Thacker directing.

    Award(s) BA (Hons)
    CodeW800-D
    Mode of attendanceFull-time
    Duration(s)3 years
    Start date(s)
    Entry requirements 240 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

    You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

    If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.
    Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
    Location(s) University of Bolton:
    Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

    Programme Specification

    http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/CRE002-F-UOB-SX

    What you will learn

    The craft of writing. The ability to examine writing critically and to develop strategies for redrafting. The ability to work independently and in groups. The ability to manage time and to work to deadline. Communication skills of a high order, both written and verbal. Planning for a career in the creative arts.

    For full details please see the Creative Writing programme handbook please see the link to the right.

    What you will study

    Level 1

    Scholarship

    Introduction to Writing Fiction and Poetry;

    Introduction to Writing for Stage, Screen and Radio;

    Understanding the Contemporary;

    Inspirations;

    Narrating the World.

    Level 2

    Writing Fiction: Study and Practice;

    Writing Drama: Study and Practice;

    Writing Poetry: Study and Practice;

    Employability and Enterprise;

    Cultural Theory;

    Critical Logbook.

    Level 3

    Critique;

    Writers at Work;

    Writers on Writing;

    Fiction Workshop;

    Drama Workshop;

    Poetry Workshop;

    Major Project.

    Careers & professional development

    Creative writing gives you outstanding skills in communicating clearly, purposefully and convincingly – and these skills underpin many graduate level careers.

    Our students go on to careers in the creative industries in many different ways – these include arts administration, venue management, film and theatre companies, drama production, publishing and a wide variety of other careers, including teaching, local government and advertising. Some of our graduates become professional writers.

    Professional recognition

    Our creative writing courses are at the centre of ground-breaking creative partnerships between the University, the Octagon Theatre in Bolton and Write Out Loud (the poetry organisation). The University of Bolton also works with BBC North which helps our students and staff regularly engage with the BBC.

    Fees, funding and finance information

    Home/EU Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
    2016/17 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
    2017/18   £9,246£9,246£9,246 £27,738
    More Home/EU Fee information

    International Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
    2016/17 £11,250£11,250£11,250   £33,750
    2017/18   £12,000£12,000   
    More International Fee information

    No hidden extras

    We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

    • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

    • All mandatory site visits or field trips

    • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

    • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

    • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

    *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

    Contact Us

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Dr Simon Holloway (Programme Contact)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903247

    For further information and how to apply please contact:

    Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

    http://www.bolton.ac.uk

    How to Apply

    You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

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    Course Overview

    Why choose this course?

      What's special about the University of Bolton's Creative Writing degree?

      • All tutors are professional writers whose work has been published and/or produced on stage, screen and radio

      • The University has a unique creative partnership with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and many students undertake work-based learning there.

      • Award-winning theatre director David Thacker is the University's Visiting Professor of Dramatic Arts

      Course overview

      Creative writing is an art that links imagination with craft. Taught by professional writers, you will learn essential features of the art that will give you a solid foundation for your imaginative practice. In the introductory modules you will learn about character, dialogue, structure, point of view, writing for different media, using language with imagination and purpose, editing and many other aspects of the writer’s craft.

      This will equip you for more advanced study and practice later in the course including the workshop method, where your creative work will be shared with your fellow students and discussed in a supportive way to enable you to redraft it. In the professional world fiction, drama and poetry are rewritten and rewritten and this course will equip you with essential skills in criticism and self-criticism that will help you to hone your creative work. In the final year you will undertake a major project in the field of your choice which will be work shopped and redrafted at least once and perhaps many more times.

      The study and practice of the processes of creativity will be supported by contextual investigation and analysis. We encourage students to take work-based learning and have frequent guest speakers – writers, publishers, editors, actors, directors and many more.

      About the course

      The course is focused on supporting your development as a writer. As with other courses at the University of Bolton, the creative writing degree reflects the practice of professionals in the field, and you are encouraged to learn from the way that professional writers work and build up an understanding of your own creative process at the same time. Our tutors draw on their experience as professional writers to help you to turn your abilities and ambitions into achievements.

      Special features

      • A programme of visiting speakers – writers and others from the world of writing (editors, publishers, directors).

      • A well established programme of fiction and poetry readings and your chance to meet professional writers

      • The annual Creative Writing Degree show, usually held at the Octagon Theatre, celebrates the final year work of our students.

      • The Octagon Theatre Prize is awarded annually for outstanding achievement in writing drama and the winning piece is given a professional presentation at the theatre, with professional actors and David Thacker directing.

      Key Information

      Award(s) BA (Hons)
      CodeW800-D
      Mode of attendanceFull-time
      Duration(s)3 years
      Start date(s)
      Entry requirements 240 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

      You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

      If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.
      Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
      Location(s) University of Bolton:
      Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

      Course Content

      Programme Specification

      http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/CRE002-F-UOB-SX

      What you will learn

      The craft of writing. The ability to examine writing critically and to develop strategies for redrafting. The ability to work independently and in groups. The ability to manage time and to work to deadline. Communication skills of a high order, both written and verbal. Planning for a career in the creative arts.

      For full details please see the Creative Writing programme handbook please see the link to the right.

      What you will study

      Level 1

      Scholarship

      Introduction to Writing Fiction and Poetry;

      Introduction to Writing for Stage, Screen and Radio;

      Understanding the Contemporary;

      Inspirations;

      Narrating the World.

      Level 2

      Writing Fiction: Study and Practice;

      Writing Drama: Study and Practice;

      Writing Poetry: Study and Practice;

      Employability and Enterprise;

      Cultural Theory;

      Critical Logbook.

      Level 3

      Critique;

      Writers at Work;

      Writers on Writing;

      Fiction Workshop;

      Drama Workshop;

      Poetry Workshop;

      Major Project.

      Careers

      Careers & professional development

      Creative writing gives you outstanding skills in communicating clearly, purposefully and convincingly – and these skills underpin many graduate level careers.

      Our students go on to careers in the creative industries in many different ways – these include arts administration, venue management, film and theatre companies, drama production, publishing and a wide variety of other careers, including teaching, local government and advertising. Some of our graduates become professional writers.

      Professional recognition

      Our creative writing courses are at the centre of ground-breaking creative partnerships between the University, the Octagon Theatre in Bolton and Write Out Loud (the poetry organisation). The University of Bolton also works with BBC North which helps our students and staff regularly engage with the BBC.

      Fees & Funding

      Fees, funding and finance information

      Home/EU Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
      2016/17 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
      2017/18   £9,246£9,246£9,246 £27,738
      More Home/EU Fee information

      International Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
      2016/17 £11,250£11,250£11,250   £33,750
      2017/18   £12,000£12,000   
      More International Fee information

      No hidden extras

      We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

      • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

      • All mandatory site visits or field trips

      • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

      • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

      • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

      *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

      Contacts

      Contact Us

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Dr Simon Holloway (Programme Contact)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903247

      For further information and how to apply please contact:

      Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

      http://www.bolton.ac.uk

      How to Apply

      How to Apply

      You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.