BA (Hons) Media and Creative Writing

Available to non EU students

About the course

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Do you want to write for a living and work within the media industries? 

Media combines well with creative writing because it fosters your ability to critically comment on media texts and develops your creativity in producing your own texts in creative writing. Creative Writing, through working in a range of writing styles, hones your ability to use words, imagery and narrative, all of which translates well into working in media.

Studying Creative Writing gives you the opportunity to develop your voice as a writer while building up a repertoire of practical skills in devising, editing, revising and submitting your work. You will learn how to analyse a text to understand the effects of the author’s choices, and then implement that understanding into improving your own writing.

Across your degree, you will study and create short stories, drama, poetry and creative nonfiction. You will take modules that examine a range of topics, such as genre writing, young adult fiction, adaptation and publishing. You will have opportunities to participate in co-curricular activities, such as working with museums or school students. Creative Writing is taught in small groups of 15 students, where your work will be workshopped by your peers and your lecturer. The practical analytical and editorial skills you gain are beneficial beyond your degree.

Media industries are flourishing with the rapid development of digital media and social media platforms. 

This programme encourages students to be entrepreneurial and professional in their approach to working in media-related industries. It will give you a theoretical understanding of media and the ability to critically comment on media practice. Media and creative writing combines theoretical and practical skills to enhance your creativity and the technical skills needed to go into the creative media industries. 

By studying these subjects, students will become authors who can communicate through storytelling using a range of media forms.

Further information on the modules offered and what our students say about the degree.

In addition to a BA(Hons) Media and Creative Writing students will be able to specialise in the following degrees:

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.

What our
students say

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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

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.

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Entry requirements...

112 UCAS points 

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201822/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply 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)