Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

72 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

W801

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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Course description

‌‌Offering a thorough grounding in the art, craft and processes of writing, this course equips you with vital skills which will set you apart - whether you aspire to work in publishing, editing, new digital media or the broader creative and literary industries. 

Top10in the UK for Creative and Professional Writing**(Overall Satisfaction, NSS, 2018)
Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Derby

A Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme.

It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of writing, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

Throughout the BA Hons Creative and Professional Writing degree you will gain a broad appreciation of the art, craft and processes of writing, drawing on the work of influential writers. You'll also study key themes in contemporary writing - representation, narratives and responsibility - which deepen your knowledge of writing, both critically and creatively.

Expertise to inspire you

You’ll learn from award-winning and internationally respected novelists, short story writers, poets, songwriters, performers, scriptwriters, editors, publishers, agents and new media writers. Our teaching team includes experts who conduct significant research on themes ranging from oral folktales to creative writing as an academic subject of study.

Unleash your creativity

You'll be taught in small supportive groups, using examples from contemporary and historical writing to inform your work. Through supervised workshops, seminars and tutorials, you'll develop your skills, creativity and confidence.

The course is highly practical to ensure you can deliver work to a high professional quality. You could find yourself producing magazines and anthologies of student work, developing industry-standard TV and film scripts and scheduling radio production packages.

A head start in your career

Employers across all sectors always need people who can write and communicate well. Many of the skills you'll develop on this course - writing, editing, group work and presentations - are essential in today's job market.

The course offers exciting opportunities such as professional mentoring and internships with independent publishers, literature festival planners and events organisers. By the end of your studies, you will have a portfolio of professionally developed and presented work to show to a potential employer.

Publishing your work

Our partnership with leading overseas publishing house ROMAN Books gives you the chance to have your work published for sale in the UK and USA. The collaboration aims to help new writers develop their work commercially, including advice on marketing, promotion and rights.

There are also several in-house publications at Derby, where you can gain valuable experience and learn more about the processes of writing, editing and marketing your work.

Broaden your experience

Thanks to our networks across the creative and cultural sector, our students have the chance to make valuable contacts. We offer an exciting programme of guest lectures and we host an annual event for writers - A Foot in the Door - where authors, editors and publishers speak about the realities of making a living in the field.

Among other new initiatives we are developing a  regular creative salon which will provide even further opportunities for our students to network with those working  in the creative industries and there are regular volunteering opportunities through local and national contacts 

Student success stories

Many of our students have won prizes for their creative writing and have had their work published or produced on TV, radio or the stage.

In just one highlight, graduate Edward Hogan won the £10,000 Desmond Elliot prize for his novel Blackmoor and was one of only six writers worldwide to be shortlisted for the international Dylan Thomas Prize.

Study in America

You can choose to spend part of your second stage studying at one of our partner universities in America:

You can also choose to study Creative & Professional Writing through our Joint Honours scheme where you can combine it with another subject.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Study skills
  • American Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies

If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.

You will study modules such as:

  • Creative Practice: Introduction 
  • Creative Practice: Poetry, Prose and Life Writing
  • Writer's Toolbox: Introduction 
  • Writer's Toolbox: Reading for Writers 
  • Writing for Audiences: Storytelling
  • Focus on: Representation 

You will study modules such as:

  • Creative Practice: Writing Processes
  • Magazine Editing Project
  • Focus on: Narration
  • Focus on: Short Fiction
  • Focus on: Poetry
  • Writing for Screen
  • Writing for Radio 
  • Writer's Toolbox: Research and Investigation 
  • Persuasion and Performance 
  • Black Atlantic Literatures
  • British Cinema Since the 1960s
  • The Art of Crime 
  • Work-based Learning in the Cultural and Creative Industries 

You will study modules such as:

  • Creative Practice: Professional Development
  • Independent Study in Creative Writing
  • Focus on: Writing and Responsibility 
  • Focus on: Genre Fiction 
  • Writer's Toolbox: The Written World 
  • Advanced Scriptwriting 
  • Magic Box - Psyche and Cinema
  • Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • Management Experience in the Creative and Cultural Industries
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How you will learn

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

For the rest of your degree assessment is based 100% on coursework and centres on the creation and development of your writing portfolio. The pieces you write can include television, radio or screenplay scripts, press articles, fictional stories and poetry. Your portfolio of work will be invaluable to demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers.

Who you will meet

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

A broad choice

Our students have gone into a wide range of jobs including working at the BBC, copywriting, arts development, librarianship, archive and record keeping, computer games and website design, teaching, marketing and law. Some choose to continue with their studies at postgraduate level, including progressing to our PhD in Creative Writing Studies.

Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure that you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Notable graduates

Programme leader

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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