Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing course is innovative, challenging and critically rich. It is aimed at students who wish to build writing careers wherever effectiveness and originality in communication skills are required.

Writing is a valuable social currency and opens up doors. The course offers unique opportunities to develop a portfolio of creative and critical writing in a lively and stimulating environment. The creative possibilities of the written word are enhanced and invigorated by working collaboratively alongside new and established visual and performing arts courses.

You’ll write in the real world and be encouraged to enter competitions, write for review, write to briefs, and write alongside visual and performative creatives. You will be guided through a range of creative writing landscapes including writing for performance, prose writing, short fiction, art criticism, poetry, script writing, and novel writing, new media and zines. You will be encouraged to think locally and globally about the place, purpose and reach of writing, exploring online platforms as well the potential of the festival, gallery and event space.

You will learn to successfully employ a range of critical thinking skills that will enable you to make sound and valid judgements about the value and role of fiction and non-fiction, becoming a critical reader, thinker and producer of language. You’ll consider the role of writing as a social, cultural, historical and political meaning maker, and explore its contemporary relevance.

A positive approach to a writing life is emphasised. You are encouraged to develop cultural awareness and a reflective, self-aware and critically analytical mind-set that will equip you to take on the writing world with a portfolio of transferable skills. 

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What You'll Study

Year One — The writing workshop plays a central role as a collaborative exercise to accelerate and consolidate student learning. It will expand your critical vocabulary and develop technical skills in the drafting and editing work required of a professional writer. All work is seen as work in progress, with you and your peers acting as not only fellow writers but also fellow readers and critical friends. Tutorials, lectures, seminars, masterclasses and cross-disciplinary project work also feature in year one, as do visits to writing spaces, work on entering competitions and responding to live briefs and in-house collaborations, many with public facing outcomes.

Year Two — You will now be developing a clear sense of your writing directions and favoured mode of production, and will produce work that responds to outward facing briefs and opportunities. Tutorials, masterclasses and collaborative project work continue to help you focus on technical skills, which may include the use of screenwriting, editing and publishing software. Experiential learning and mentoring by experienced writers as well as visits, online forums and blogs will help develop and challenge your writing breadth and skills. Lectures and seminars covering contextual, historical and cultural material will continue to inform your critical response to your own and others’ work.

Year Three —The final year gives you the opportunity to negotiate, develop and complete a major writing project, and culminates in the production of a substantial body of work appropriate to, and contributing with originality to, your writing platform. It will reflect your individual philosophy and career aspirations as a writer.

Work Experience

Work experience covers a broad range of activities and students are encouraged to undertake work placements during their time at University. As well as guidance from the course team our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team offer support that enhances employability skills and underpins engagement with industry. 

Course Specification

Destination Careers

Good writers are welcome everywhere; the arts and creative writing sector requires a broad set of skills. Talented new voices with cultural awareness and critical thinking skills are also welcome in science, industry, commerce,  education, research centres, journalism, editing, HR and marketing. You will benefit from the University’s already well-developed industry, commercial and artistic links, and its strong careers advisory provision. In addition, the knowledge and expertise of new and existing courses can provide students with opportunities to develop skillsets required by these industries.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Click here to view our entry requirements

Samples of Writing

Your portfolio is a chance to show your creative, imaginative and considered use of language in a variety of writing styles. We want to see work that best represents you and that you feel you can confidently talk about during interview.

You should include one piece of writing that you consider to be resolved and which demonstrates your writing style and interests. This may be an extract from a longer piece of work.

In addition please include an example of work in progress. This might include a notebook of ideas, drafts of a piece of writing, your comments on how you are developing and refining your ideas and use of language, and ways in which you make decision about the varieties of tone, style, voice and content in your writing.

Your portfolio can contain more than one genre of writing. You might include, for example, poetry, a short music review, thoughts on a current social or political situation, a short piece of travel writing, excerpts from a blog, a short story. It is helpful to see your processes here, and how you have drafted, considered and developed your writing.

At this stage in your career we are looking for developing writing, therefore choose a range of materials that best demonstrate your enthusiasm and knowledge of writing, language and communication.

Interview Guide

At interview, we are interested in your potential as a writer with the ability to develop and edit your work. You are not expected to bring lots of finished pieces of writing. Work in progress and unfinished pieces of writing are perfectly acceptable. Please bring between two and four pieces of writing to interview. These can be handwritten and/or digital.

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a student ambassador who will take you to the writing room. You will be part of a small group of applicants who have been given the same half day interview slot.

You and the rest of this group will be given an overview of the course. You will have the opportunity to ask questions. You will then have a 15 minute personal interview with your interviewer.

Since we interview several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to two and a half hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Remember your interviewer is genuinely interested in what you have to say and wants you to feel comfortable and be yourself. Once you have had your personal interview you are free to leave.

Criteria

This is evidenced from one or more of the following:

An existing engagement with, and enthusiasm for, creative writing.

  • Interview
  • Samples of writing
  • Personal statement

The ability to communicate your writing ideas and interests effectively.

  • Interview
  • Samples of writing
  • Personal statement

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas in response to writing briefs.

  • Interview
  • Samples of writing

An awareness of the concerns, trends, and contexts of creative writing and of the audiences for creative writing.

  • Interview
  • Samples of work
  • Personal statement

Contact Hours & Teaching/Learning Methods

Undergraduate degree programmes at Leeds Arts University are delivered and supported through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Programmes are made up of modules, these are elements of study that are taught and assessed separately. Each module carries a clearly identified credit value, the accumulation of which will allow you to progress to the next level of the programme. 100 hours of learning are expected for every ten credits of the programme. Each level (year) of the programme is made up of 120 credits and therefore requires 1200 hours of learning. This equates to 40 hours of study per week throughout the academic year.

For every 100 hours of learning, approximately 25 hours are delivered as taught or supported sessions and remaining hours are allocated for studio/workshop access and independent learning. Individual programmes have their own learning cultures based on their specific use of the teaching and learning methods listed here. These methods feature differently depending on the programme, level, aims of module, content of the sessions and progress through an academic year.

For further information see our Undergraduate teaching & learning at Leeds Arts University document.

Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

Our current fees are listed here

Other Costs

Further costs of study are related largely to the costs of materials and depend very much on how individual students choose to respond to University briefs. The costs below are the result of asking our students to state how much they spend during the year and creating an average, as such they are indicative only.

Equipment & Materials

You do not need a computer to undertake the course as we have plenty of resources but a laptop or tablet may be helpful for you, particularly when you are writing off site. You might find it helpful to keep a set of notebooks and pen with you to record and capture your thoughts.

Trips

During the academic year there may be a number of study trips that we identify as being useful to support your learning. In all instances, we will inform you as far in advance as is possible to ensure that you can manage your time and any associated costs.

Previous costs for such trips have been:

  • Industry Workshops are approximately £10 - £350 (plus travel and accommodation)
  • European trips are approximately £350 and international trips are approximately £800 (Optional*)

*We do not guarantee that we will run international visits. The decision is made annually based on availability, cost and the number of students required to make the trip viable.

We provide support for undergraduate students dependent upon their financial circumstances. Visit Undergraduate Financial Support for further information.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

If you would like to download the Key Information on this course click here.

International Opportunities / Visiting and exchange students

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate visiting and exchange students from Europe and around the world who would like to spend a semester or a full academic year taking credits from our exciting range of courses. You will be fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University during a period of full-time supervised study and your credits transferred back to your home institution.

You can join us through programmes such as Erasmus+, individual university partnerships or as an independent applicant. Please see here for more information and how to apply.

Leeds Arts University students interested in spending some time overseas can find information on the international opportunities available during your course here.

Questions? Contact international@leeds-art.ac.uk

Duration
3 Years
Study Mode
Full Time
Institution Name
Leeds Arts University
Institution Code
L28
UCAS Code
W800
Awarded by
Leeds Arts University

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