This course will give you a secure foundation in the techniques of writing fiction, drama and poetry, and introduce you to the idea of writing as a profession. Within a sound academic environment, you will be able to develop your own creativity and explore different genres of writing under the guidance of experienced staff and practising writers of international standing.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 320 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBC, including Grade B in English, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Creative and Media, including A-level English for Additional and Specialist Learning. Extended project in a related subject preferred.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 32 points.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English.Access: Pass in a related subject.Course AimsThe creative writing programme at Brunel is one of the oldest-established in the UK, and this new BA is part of a significant expansion programme. You will work within a vibrant academic discipline that specialises in contemporary literature and culture, and be part of a School dedicated to the contemporary arts.
Cross-disciplinary work is encouraged and the close relationship between subjects in the School, including Drama, Film & Television and Music, will offer you unique opportunities. You will also benefit from close contact with working writers who have established a friendly and supportive workshop environment.Course ContentTypical ModulesLevel 1Introduction to writing fiction
English in Evolution
Introduction to writing drama
Thinking About Literature
One From: Approaches to Poetry, or Approaches to the Dramatic TextLevel 2Screenwriting
19th Century Novel
Women's Movement and 20th Century Writing
British Film and TV
Contemporary Screen Comedy
New Hollywood Cinema
European CinemaLevel 3Special project: Major
Special Project: Minor
Writing Modern Fiction
Writing Modern Drama
Psychoanalysis and the Moving Image
Creative Writing and the Creative Industries
*Subject to approval.Teaching and LearningThe course is taught by highly qualified staff who are actively engaged in research, scholarship or relevant professional practice. You will be taught through various methods such as lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. You will receive one-to-one supervision in your final year project. Student SupportYou will be assigned a Personal Tutor who remains with you throughout your degree course. They are available to discuss personal and academic problems. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the individual, and you will find both academic and administrative staff only too pleased to help. AssessmentA combination of essays, projects, presentations, audiovisual production and examination.CareersThis course is an ideal foundation for those wanting to move directly into the writing professions or the creative industries, and has been designed to develop confidence, skills and awareness in those who opt to follow one of our career-focused MA programmes.
Graduates have also moved into publishing, journalism, television, films, business writing, public relations and teaching. The mastery of language and the ability to research topics, process information and express ideas, all of which Creative Writing confers, are workplace skills which are highly valued by employers in many fields.