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Brunel University

Creative Writing

The creative writing programme at Brunel is one of the oldest-established in the UK, and is taught by an uniquely qualified teaching staff fully active in the fields of literature, film, journalism, academia and new media. 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. We are a forward-thinking, industry-focused course that will help you achieve the best from yourself. Whether you’re interested in travel writing, journalism, comedy screenwriting, the short story or the contemporary novel, Brunel has a wide range of staff who regularly produce bestselling novels, screenplays for major movies or journalism for the best of the British and international press. Combining this expertise with a supportive environment for students looking to break into writing, the Brunel Creative Writing BA is undoubtedly among the best in the country.
Duration 3-years full-time; 4.5-6-years part-time
Level BA Single Hons
Cost Fees for 2012/13 entry: Home/EU students: £9,000 full-time, £6,750 part-time. International students: £11,330 full-time. Brunel is introducing over 1000 new scholarships for 2012, meaning that one in three applicants who join Brunel next year will receive financial support from the University.
This course will give you a secure foundation in the techniques of writing fiction, theatre 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. Good writing and creative skills have never been more important, especially for anyone seeking a career in the burgeoning Creative Industries field. You can study a modern foreign language as one of your options.
GCE A-level BBB including Grade B in English (General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted as third A-level). Irish ABBBB. Scottish BBB. Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade B in Creative and Media, plus A-level English at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning. Extended project in a related subject preferred. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject. Applicants without A level English will be required to submit a written sample of work. IBDP 32 points including HL English grade 6. Access Pass in a related subject with 36 level 3 credits passed with merit or distinction. For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths (please note that these must have been gained by the time you submit your UCAS application).
Typical Modules: Level 1: Thinking About Literature, English In Evolution, Introduction to Writing Fiction, Introduction to Writing Drama. Level 2: Introduction to Writing Poetry, Writing the Short Story, Writing Journalism, Screenwriting, Writing the Journey. Level 3: Major Project or Dissertation, Writing Modern Fiction, Writing Comedy, Minor Project or Dissertation, Creative Writing and the Creative Industries, Writing Modern Drama. In the final year, you will be able to create a major writing project, which may take the form of a short story, a novel fragment, a portfolio of poems, a short play, a short script or a collection of journalism, as well as a minor project in another discipline. You will work on a critical project that supports your writing – so if you choose to write a film comedy, you will be encouraged to study contemporary screen comedy, or if you opt for a short story on a post-colonial theme, you will similarly be expected to study post-colonial fiction.
Contact Information
Institution Brunel University
Kingston Lane,

Tel: +44 (0)1895 267769
Fax: +44 (0)1895 232806
Department: School of Arts
Contact Name: Max Kinnings, Admissions Tutor
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