Creative Writing (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
years

Domestic course fees
GBP 680 per module

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14250 per total

All study options

About Creative Writing at University of Derby

  • 100% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of this course, according to thePostgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2019

  • The programme offers you a range of tutor and peer-led opportunitiesto produce new writing and critically reflect on that practice. Wefocus on theexpressive potential and persuasive power of languagewhilst encouraging you to critically explore texts and theirrelationship to the world.

  • The course will develop writing; be that in prose, poetry, lifewriting, creative non-fiction, script-writing or in combination ordiscussion across theseforms. In addition, three industry-specificpathways have been developed to focus on employability in specificsectors:
    • Creative Writing for Ghostwritingallowsstudents to work on professional writing for clients, fromcommunications tocommunity campaigns.
    • Creative Writing for Gaming focuses on character and narrative design, gamification and digital games.
    • Creative Writing with Publishing allows students to work on theproduction of books by taking two modules from our successful and wellregarded MA Publishing.
  • The degree without a specialist pathway maintains a strong focus onemployability. All students receive advice and guidance from workingwriterswho will take you through contracts and tax, the business ofpublishing and how to run a workshop.

  • The course gives all students the opportunity to undertake arrangedwork experience in the arts or in communication. Graduates leave this MAwith aportfolio of their own writing, prepared for a career as artsprofessionals (including but not limited to publication) and progressionto doctoral levelstudy

Innovative specialised pathways

The MA Creative Writing has a core programme (the MA Creative Writing) and three pathway awards: Ghostwriting, Gaming and Publishing. All of thecore programme modules are specifically designed to suit their purpose and carefully integrated with each other. The programme takes into account ongoing research as well as developments, trends and innovations within the discipline and industries which it attends to.

The core programme is modular, offering the flexibility to study in more than one writing form or genre, or focus on a single project. The teaching methodencourages a gradual specialisation over the three trimesters. You participate in a core workshop in the first, where you read and respond both topublished work and the work of peers. In the second trimester you work with supervisors who develop your writing in smaller group apprenticeships. Inthe summer you work on a significant writing project on your own or in partnership with a community or industry.

Every student develops and reflects on their ownwriting and the writing of others by attending writing workshops. Depending on their pathway, students have the option of learning about voice andnarrative, critical theory, writing for clients and publishing. All students have the opportunity of engaging in work experience. Professional developmentranges from learning about publishing, Arts Council and literary agency interactions to writing in the community and collaborative projects.

Each pathway, including the central award, consists of four core 20 credit modules, two option choices from four 20 credit modules and one optionchoice from two 60 credit modules. All of the pathways and the core award allow students to choose from two modules from the MA Publishing. ThePublishing pathway allows students to specialise further in publishing by taking another module from the MA Publishing. In this way students are able tospecialise in industry applications of creative writing.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 680 per moduleInternational course feesGBP 14250 per total

Entry requirements

The entry requirement to this programme is a good honours degree (1st or 2:1) in any subject, or its international equivalent. Applications may be considered if you have a 2:2 honours degree and/or can demonstrate significant experience with creative writing or related industry experience or aptitude. Such students would have plans for a creative project, which they would wish to follow through to completion.

The university welcomes applications from every sector of society. It is important that we get to know you, your aspirations and your expectations. Therefore, before being accepted on to the programme all applicants will be invited to an informal interview to discuss the course, the nature of the programme, and what will be expected of you during it. You may be expected to bring a small sample of your writing, between 1,000 to 2,000 words to this interview, which will normally take place at the university campus, but special arrangements may be made if you have difficulty attending.

While a good, competent all round standard of English is expected, if English is not your first language you will need to have passed the International English Language Teaching System (IELTS) at the overall level IELTS 6.5, including a minimum score of 5.5 in each test category. (Where appropriate the university

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