BA (Hons) Media and Creative Writing

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About the course

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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.

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
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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,

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.

Teaching methods

The precise method of teaching varies according to each module. Most are taught via weekly lectures and weekly seminars. You may be asked to work with fellow students and produce some group work together. 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.

Lecture series

Each year the School of Humanities hosts the Mass Communication Lecture Series featuring a range of industry professionals, giving talks on their experience in the industry. 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 for PC Gamer
  • Bryan Rutherford, Reporter/newsreader
  • Mark Solomons, co-founder of SNS news agency

Work Placement

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.
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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • The Writer's Art: an Introduction to Creative Writing - 15 Credits
  • Becoming a Writer - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Media Practices - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Media Communications - 15 Credits
  • Visual Communication - 15 Credits
  • Interactive Media - 15 Credits
  • Global Media and Society - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Language Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Journalism - 15 Credits
  • Journalism, Law and Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Film Criticism - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Film Theory - 15 Credits
  • Communication, Interaction, Context - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Graduate Skills - 0 Credits
  • Writing for the Stage - 15 Credits
  • Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem - 15 Credits
  • Magazine Design - 15 Credits
  • Research Methods in Media Communications - 15 Credits
  • Video Feature - 15 Credits
  • Writing for the Screen - 15 Credits
  • The Publishing Industry - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Genre Writing: Building Worlds - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Writing for Radio: From Pitch to Production - 15 Credits
  • Graduate Skills - 0 Credits
  • From Flashes to Novels - 15 Credits
  • Creative Writing Project - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Advertising - 15 Credits
  • Campaigns and Careers - 15 Credits
  • Corporate Communications - 15 Credits
  • Digital Media - 15 Credits
  • Web Design for Publishing - 30 Credits
  • Media Project - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 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.

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Other financial support

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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.

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How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201822/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

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)