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University of Bolton

Creative Writing

Experience the only taught Masters in the region dedicated to children’s literature. Explore contemporary children’s fiction, picture books, graphic novels and film, within cultural and historical contexts. Learn from published experts, including the author of The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature. Develop your own writing skills and improve your chances of having work published.
Duration Part-time: this course is available by evening teaching only (either on a Wednesday or Thursday, alternating each year).
Level MA
Cost Call (01204) 903951 for details
The MA in Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Bolton is the only course in the North West dedicated to this area of study. The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in children’s literature and culture, including professionals who work with children, such as teachers, librarians or those in health and social service occupations, and also interested parents who want to learn more about this exciting world and share it with their children. You will study many aspects of the field including the work of children’s authors such as David Almond and Philip Pullman and ‘adult’ authors who have also written for this growing market, such as Neil Gaiman and Salman Rushdie. You will also examine the broader field of children’s culture, including picture books, graphic novels, films, television and toys. You will examine these different media from both historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring how the market for children’s culture has become big business and how it often attracts both child and adult audiences.
You should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in English or a related subject. Special consideration will be given to those lacking the standard entry qualifications who work professionally in this area; for instance, teachers and librarians.
You will learn about what comprises children’s literature and culture, build up your knowledge from examples of work in different media and develop an understanding of how this field is often more complex than many people believe. By studying on this course you will develop insights and analytical skills allowing you to appreciate the debates around contemporary childhood culture. In addition to building a fascinating body of knowledge that you can apply in either a professional or personal context, you will also acquire the higher level skills of Masters study including information handling skills, ICT and research skills, and a critical and analytical ability to read both visual and verbal texts. The course consists of five modules worth a total of 180 credits. These include: Issues in Children’s Literature and Culture (30 credits); Visual Narratives: from Picture Books to Graphic Novels and Beyond (30 credits); The World of Faery (30 credits); Children’s Film (30 credits); Dissertation (60 credits).
Contact Information
Institution University of Bolton
School of Arts, Media and Education
Chadwick Street

Tel: +44 (0)1204 903261
Department: Department of Creative, Media and Cultural Studies
Contact Name: Prof. David Rudd (Programme Leader)
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