Learning from experienced professionals, you'll explore the evolving needs of the writing marketplace, from digital content creation to screenwriting and writing for games, while actively engaging with our industry connections. With the chance to work on live briefs in creative teams, you'll graduate with an assured voice ready to make your mark.
Experiment and take risks to nurture your own critically-informed, creative spark.
Explore existing and emerging forms of writing.
Cultivate your independent creative and critical thinking skills.
Develop and enhance your craft by creating and publishing high-quality content across a range of formats and platforms.
Prepare to join the global writing marketplace with specialist knowledge and an adaptable skillset responsive to change.
Learn how to connect with a vast range of audiences through your writing.
Collaborate within teams, reflecting industry practice.
What you'll learn
Across this online course, you'll begin to develop your writing practice and your reflective and analytical skills both as an individual and as part of a team. You'll experiment with a wealth of forms and prompts, gain an awareness of the context of the creative industries, learn the art of reading as a writer and examine the elements and concepts that mediate, influence and challenge your place as a creator.
You'll begin to develop your writing practice and your reflective and analytical skills both as an individual and as part of a team. You'll experiment with a wealth of forms and prompts, gain an awareness of the context of the creative industries, learn the art of reading as a writer and examine the elements and concepts that mediate, influence and challenge your place as a creator.
Dreaming Up Worlds: Imagination, World-Building and CharacterDevelop your core fiction writing skills, create characters imbued with life, construct fascinating fictional worlds and understand the principles of storytelling.
True Stories: Creative Non-Fiction and Life-WritingDevelop research strategies for writing compelling creative non-fiction and life writing, and discover how to use creative writing to reach an audience for your true stories.
Post-Digital Writing: Idea, Concept, PlatformAs a writer engaged in finding your own voice across platforms in contemporary cultural industries, you'll experiment with a wealth of forms and prompts to expand your practice into the post-digital era.
Society and IdentityExamine the elements and concepts that mediate, influence and challenge your place as a creator and develop your critically informed writing voice.
You'll push the boundaries of your discipline to extend and enhance your writing, entrepreneurial and critical skills. You'll work in teams to create and publish innovative content while exploring and analysing audience reception. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your writing and analytical skills across different genres and forms.
Writing for Screen Media: Games, Film, TVYou'll experiment with the formal constraints at the interface of writing and the digital world.
Bound by None: Place and AdventureDevelop your travel, place and nature writing skills, alongside critical approaches to exploration and environmentalism in this adventurous module.
Writing for Performance: Poetry, Theatre, ComedyDevelop disruptive and engaging writing approaches to reimagine conventional forms in a contemporary context.
Collaborative ProjectWorking in real-world contexts with other students and industry partners, you'll develop creative working strategies, communication and advanced project planning skills.
You’ll continue to strengthen your industry presence as a writer and be encouraged to submit your work to active calls for submission. You’ll also hone your own voice further with a deep dive into a genre of your choosing – developing a critical and market-based understanding of its intricacies. All this will culminate in your final project, where you’ll be supported by your supervisor to produce a substantial creative piece in a specific form and genre. You'll take a more entrepreneurial approach to your practice and establish your public persona as a 21st-century writer.
The HybridRespond to challenges and engage in multidisciplinary work to produce an innovative, multiform piece.
Genres and Disruptive FictionsDeep dive into your chosen genre and develop a critical, market-based understanding of its intricacies.
Masterpiece: Individual ProjectProduce a substantial piece in the form and genre of your choosing and take your practice and your voice further.
Publishing Lab: Entrepreneurial PracticeDevelop the framework for your current and future publishing activities, and position yourself with agility in the diverse and changing world of the creative industries.
The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.
How you'll learn
This online course is delivered through a combination of lectures, webinars, forums and activities. These will take place through both online events and work undertaken in your own time, through the Virtual Learning Environment.
All our activities are designed to support you to achieve the learning outcomes of each module. Each week you'll develop your passion for writing by actively engaging with a variety of forms and genres. Lectures, video and audio resources, extra reading material and interactive activities, are all available online and there are weekly challenges and learning events. Curated readings and resources will challenge and enhance your analytical thinking and taste, and you'll learn by doing to best develop your voice and your position as a writer.
You'll cultivate a dynamic writing process, working on your craft between 27-40 hours a week, depending on your choice of full-time or part-time study, establishing a writing routine and preparing and researching for your modules - as a full-time writer would do.
How you'll be assessed
The BA(Hons) Creative Writing online employs a range of assessments and strategies throughout the course, including formative and summative assessments.
Formative assessment in the form of continuous written and/or verbal feedback takes place across the module through your participation in the different learning activities and webinars, and by exchanging peer feedback on ideas and work in progress. This kind of assessment supports you to develop your writing, critical and reflective skills and to keep up to date with your course work.
Summative assessment takes place on each module, usually at mid-point and at the end of the module. Activities across each module will help you prepare for these assessments. Assessment types include portfolios, reviews, pitches, presentations, reflective journals, case studies, competition analysis, documentation of projects and the final project, which is the major project at the end of your course. At the end of the module, you'll receive written feedback and a mark for each assignment via an online feedback system within three weeks of the deadline.
You'll be able to check in with your online tutor to discuss your progress and ask any questions you have about your course.
How to apply
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an online interview to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you've specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide, our typical offer at the undergraduate level is 104-120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to a-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University.
The enrolment deadline for online undergraduate courses is 1 October 2021. You may enrol up until 15 October 2021 with special permission.
Applications for these courses remain open whilst there are spaces available. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Online tuition fees for courses commencing in 2021
Tuition fees for the academic year 2021-22 for new online students from September 2021 onwards:
BA(Hons) courses, 2 years accelerated full time: £10,400 per year
BA(Hons) courses, 3 years part-time: £6,935 per year
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.