Why Herts?
  • Ranked 20th nationally for Journalism, Publishing and PR (The Guardian)
  • We are small enough to have a tightly knit community, but big enough to give you the confidence and skills you need to succeed
  • Our courses are led by a mix of experts who work or worked in the media across a wide range of platforms and cutting edge researchers

About the course

Find your voice, both critically and creatively, as you develop an in-depth understanding of today’s media world and hone the skills you need to play your part. Harnessing two fascinating subjects, this course opens your eyes to the evolution and influence of the media industry, while inspiring creative thinking, writing and career pathways.

Today’s media industries are becoming more diverse and dynamic as digital and social media platforms thrive. Our practical course nurtures your hands-on technical skills, original creativity and entrepreneurial attitude, giving you the versatility for a successful media career.

You’ll develop the ability to critically comment on media practice and produce new creative work for websites, blogs, print, video, audio and multimedia. We’ll help you develop research, editorial, storytelling and targeting skills, building your confidence in creating, editing and submitting work. You’ll produce short stories, drama, poetry and creative nonfiction, as well as having opportunities to work with schools or museums, study abroad or take a year’s work placement.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Media
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Mass Communications Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 2 Media Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 3 Creative Writing Programme Specification 2018 Programme specification 4 Film Programme Specification 2018 Programme specification 5 English Language & Communication Programme Specification

Why choose this course?

This course will help you to develop professional writing skills to engaging your reader and write for a target audience. Creative writers on this course will develop: research skills, editorial skills, storytelling, effective use of imagery, and skills in writing across a range of platforms including web, blogs and media, print, video, audio and multimedia.

Further information on the opportunities available for students and graduates on this degree.

What our
students say

I found the discipline, motivation and passion for each module on the Mass Communications course was down to your excellence in teaching.

Jenny Chu, BA (Hons) Mass Communications graduate

Course details

Careers

Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment in media, publishing, teaching and information management where their skills in analysis, communication and evaluation are highly valued. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study engaging in research in their chosen fields. Whatever your future career plans, what is important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experience you have gained and can demonstrate. We ensure our programmes are relevant to the world of work through active links with regional employers across a range of industries and professions.

What job can I get?

Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment in media, publishing, teaching and information management where their skills in analysis, communication and evaluation are highly valued. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study engaging in research in their chosen fields. Whatever your future career plans, what is important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experience you have gained and can demonstrate. We ensure our programmes are relevant to the world of work through active links with regional employers across a range of industries and professions.

Teaching methods

The delivery of teaching varies according to the characteristics of each module. Many are taught via weekly lectures and weekly seminars. Workshops are used for modules where the degree of practical skills taught is enhanced by the supervision of experts in their field. Attainment of learning outcomes is also assessed in a range of formats. Sometimes you will have to present the findings of your research to your fellow students in the seminars. You will be expected to contribute to online discussions and to download and read lecture notes from StudyNet, our virtual learning environment.

'Media Matters' Guest Lecture series

Each year the School of Humanities hosts the Media Matters Guest Lecture Series featuring a range of industry professionals, giving talks on their experience in the industry. These lectures are recorded by our final year students and available on our Media Hub. Some of our previous speakers have included:

  • Lewis Wiltshire, Head of Sport, Twitter UK
  • Jessica Fellowes, Author and freelance journalist
  • Ren Behan, Food blogger and journalist
  • Terry Mitchinson, Welwyn Hatfield Times Editor
  • Natasha Henry, Freelance sports journalist
  • Richard Keith, Journalist for Edge Magazine and Publisher, PCGamer
  • Georgina Lawton of online ezine Gal-Dem for women and non binary people of colour
  • Steve Swann, Investigative journalist, BBC

Work Placement

The Placement Year provides you with the opportunity to set your academic studies in a broader, practical context and to gain experience in specific areas relevant to your fields of study. You will also strengthen your time management, organisational and communication skills as well as develop employability skills.

The Placement Year helps you to develop as an independent learner and apply the communication, analytical and other skills gained from studying to the workplace.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

  • Year 1
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    The Writer's Art: an Introduction to Creative Writing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Media Practices 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Visual Communication 15 Credits Compulsory
    Interactive Media 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Media and Society 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language Analysis 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Journalism 15 Credits Optional
    Journalism, Law and Ethics 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Film Criticism 15 Credits Optional
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Optional
  • Year 2
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Writing for the Stage 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem 15 Credits Compulsory
    Magazine Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods in Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Video Feature 15 Credits Compulsory
    Writing for the Screen 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Publishing Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Year 3
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Tell It Slant: Writing and Reality 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Short Story Workshop 15 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Mass Communications Placement Year 0 Credits Optional
    Media and the Sacred: Religion and Popular Culture 15 Credits Optional
    Advertising 15 Credits Optional
    Campaigns and Careers 15 Credits Optional
    Corporate Communications 15 Credits Optional
    Digital Media 15 Credits Optional
    Web Design for Publishing 30 Credits Optional
    Media Project 30 Credits Optional
    Representation and Identity in Contemporary Media 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Poetry 30 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Prose 30 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Script 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points

    A Level

    BTEC

    104

    BCC

    DMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202126/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students