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University of Bolton

Creative Writing

This is an undergraduate programme staffed by experienced, professional writers. The emphasis is on recreating professional practice and preparing you for a career in the creative industries and beyond. We will help you develop creative and critical skills that make the most of your talent. We have strong links with a wide range of professional practitioners (e.g. actors, directors, producers, publishers, literary agencies, etc.) who participate in a vibrant programme of visiting speakers and seminars. The University has a creative partnership with Bolton’s award-winning Octagon Theatre and is a learning partner with the BBC. This course is also available as a Combined Honours Degree.
Duration 3 years full time; 4 1/2 part time.
Level BA Single Hons
Cost UK Home/EU Tuition Fees 2012/13: £6,300. International Tuition Fees: £9,400.
All students take The Writing Industry module and meet writers and other industry professionals, while undertaking work-related projects and placements involving areas such as publishing, production and literary festival organisation. The Writer at Work module taken in the final year offers the opportunity of a professional placement. Our students have undertaken work experience in theatres, television and film companies, publishers, schools, community writing groups and many more. Visiting writers: our programme of readings by novelists, poets and drama professionals is among the best in the country. The Creative Writing Degree Show is an annual celebration of our students’ creativity. It takes place over two nights at the Octagon Theatre where our final year students have the opportunity of reading their work to an invited audience, including industry professionals. The University has a professional partnership with the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, one of the country’s leading regional theatres, bringing many benefits including work placements, and free or low-price theatre tickets.
(typical offer) 240 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English. If English is not your first language you will also need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our Access to HE Diploma: English & Creative Writing.
Level 1: A general introduction to the conventions and techniques of creative writing, as well as an introductory look at the contexts within which writers work. All students take introductory modules in Writing for Stage, Screen and Radio and Writing Poetry and Fiction. Level 2: Guided study and practice. Here you continue your studies in Writing Fiction, Drama and Poetry, enhancing your understanding of craft and learning the professional skill of redrafting. You will also follow a module on employability within the creative industries. Level 3: Supported independent study. Study at this level is based on the Writing workshop. There are options in Writing Drama, Fiction and Poetry, where your work will be shared with other students in workshops guided by your tutor. Students are encouraged to take a professional placement and learn more about the world of work. All students will undertake a major project, a substantial body of creative work, supervised by a tutor and redrafted at least once.
Contact Information
Institution University of Bolton
Deane Campus
Deane Road

Tel: +44 (0)1204 903247
Department: School of Arts, Media and Education
Contact Name: Les Smith (Programme Leader)
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