Creative Writing BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

W800

Study options:

3 years full-time (BA award)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
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Overview

Career-focused and practical, the BA (Hons) Creative Writing course is for students who are serious about a career in writing.

Innovative teaching and learning is central to the course, which utilises social media, avatars, blogs, student writing groups, writing-focused study trips and online and virtual environments. Classical modes of writing such as poetry, prose and drama are reworked in digital environments and delivered alongside new and innovative modes such as video games, graphic narratives, eco-writing and other forms of digital storytelling. The course is contemporary, distinctive, inclusive and radical.

Students will have the opportunity to experiment with exciting new modes and genres, customise their coursework outputs to their own interests, hone their writing towards income-generation, develop their digital skills and graduate with a portfolio attractive to employers in the creative industries. Students will have the chance to collaborate with students from other disciplines and institutions nationally and internationally, and can extend their writing skills if they wish to partake in themed study-trips and retreats (subject to availability, additional fees and/or application). The course aims to prepare students for personal, professional and vocational development at home and abroad and active engagement in their communities and society.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

English and Creative Writing was the perfect blend that drew me towards the course. It gave the right balance for language, literature and writing. The overall course was very satisfying.

Aarushi Shetty, English and Creative Writing BA, 2018 graduate

Course information

The course is designed to develop individual student voices within a community of writers. It offers opportunities for collaborations with performers, artists and media producers.

Students can design, edit and produce the ground-breaking CovWords magazine, publish their work across a variety of platforms, engage with an international audience and develop an online writer’s presence. They will have the opportunity to graduate with a range of transferable skills, a strong writer’s CV and a digital portfolio of original creative work. Their portfolios will include multimedia picture books, theatre scripts, short film screenplays, videos, games narratives, recorded radio dramas, and many more artefacts and materials.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Right the Wrong

  • Poetry for Digital Times

  • Skills for Writers

  • What's in the Box

  • Get Your Shorts On!

  • Magazine Publishing

  • Doing it with Style

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Writing Careers and Community Projects

  • Cin-aesthetics: The Language of Film

  • Creating Stories for Children

  • Copy That! This is Editing!

  • Writing Weird Fiction

  • The Short Story Workshop

  • Optional

    • Graphic Storytelling and International Field Trip
    • Video Game Narrative
    • Radical Writing

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Employability for Writers

  • Screenwriting and Video Production

  • Writing for Theatre and Radio

  • Experimental Writing

  • Planning Your Novel

  • Optional

    • Romantic Revolt
    • Writing Nonfiction Narratives
    • The Point of Impact
    • Creative Dissertation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

The educational aims of the course are to:

 

  1. Enable students to adopt a wide range of reading strategies, applied to their own creative work and the work of others.
  2. Recognise the contribution that readers and audiences make to the realisation of creative texts or performance, which supports the development of transferable skills around collaboration, communication, and team-working.
  3. Develop students’ ability to contextualise their own creative writing within the literary traditions that precede and surround them.
  4. Introduce students to speculative and reflective approaches to writing and reading and to develop strategies for creative expression
  5. Encourage students to expand their thinking about the possibilities and challenges of writing (for example, aesthetic, cultural, or political), which will prepare students for working in an international context.
  6. Increase confidence through a critical and technical understanding of the subject/craft/art and of their own creative process, which can be applied to professional and vocational contexts in the creative industries.
  7. Foster students’ creative/artistic ambitions and support them in achieving their aspirations, offering direction and advice where necessary.
  8. Inspire enthusiasm for the subject and an appreciation of its continuing social, cultural, political, global and economic importance.
  9. Encourage students to recognise the skills and insights they develop through the programme, and help them identify career opportunities to use them.

The course team consists of published writers, experienced teachers and researchers. They facilitate learning through experiential, interdisciplinary and collaborative methods to empower students to take risks and explore their creativity. At times, modules have special visiting lecturers, who could be publishers, literary agents, poets, film makers, authors and playwrights.

The course encourages innovation, independent research, creative expression and activism, and aims to equip students with the skills to make a significant impact on lives, communities, and in the creative industries they choose to work in. Students will have the chance to engage in career-focused writing projects involving social media, new modes of writing, editing and self-publishing. Further distinctive features include open and participatory content such as digital streamed performances, global student collaborations focusing on intercultural narration, and digital entrepreneurship, including the monetising of creative work via YouTube and Social Media.

The course team will include activities and events that link to Coventry’s 2021 City of Culture, such as organising a showcase of work for the local community that includes poetry performances and short story readings. The course is designed to challenge the more traditional modes of teaching by engaging students with visual storytelling, digitised story books, specialist software for games narratives, video production, desk top publishing and recording radio dramas. Ultimately, the course is designed for students to produce publication-ready outputs.

Students can take advantage of study trips devoted to experiential learning, and taught sessions in a range of locations outside of the classroom. There are also many international opportunities and trips for students to partake in through the University’s Centre for Global Engagement, and Linguae Mundi for exploring language and cultures. Study trips, international opportunities and trips may be subject to additional costs, application and/or limited availability.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods are both formative and summative, they include: essays, writing blogs and presentations/performances. The aim is to help students to develop the key skills they will need both throughout the rest of the degree and beyond, so that they can hone and practise these skills right away. 

All modules on the course will embed a range of formative and ongoing / continuous assessment, incorporating a range of opportunities for feedback / forward, either written or oral, or both, which will provide students with formative feedback mid-module; and both formative and summative assessments at each level will play a formative role in preparing students to meet the challenges of more demanding assessments at the next level.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  1. Generate and develop original creative work.
  2. Demonstrate a range of professional-standard editorial skills and awareness of publishing industry protocols.
  3. Conduct research to support their writing and demonstrate an understanding of their own writing as a form of research in itself.
  4. Understand and deploy the rules, challenge the conventions, and explore the possibilities of creative writing in a range of forms, styles, genres and media.
  5. Engage creatively and discriminatively with the expressive and imaginative powers of language in all its global contexts.
  6. Understand the transferability of Creative Writing skills to a variety of contexts and careers in the creative industries.
  7. Read, reflect and respond critically and practically to their own and other’s creative work through aesthetic, global, cultural and/or political contexts.
  8. Understand writing as communication for a variety of audiences, outlets and purposes for local, national, global and digital communities.

There are typically 12 hours a week of in-class teaching and this is split into lectures, workshops and seminars.

Students will engage with homework tasks, reading and research outside of classroom hours and many of these materials will provided via Moodle.

The course’s defining concerns are inherently multicultural and international in outlook, and a range of international texts and authors are included. The level 2 optional module, graphic storytelling, includes an optional field trip to the Cartoon Museum in London.  

International professional experience is also offered as part of an optional placement year.

*Field trips and placement opportunities may be subject to additional costs, application and availability.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

In the three years that I was there on the undergraduate degree, I learnt so much more than just how to write. I have had opportunities to try illustrating, magazine publishing, voice acting and so many other things do not fit under the creative writing umbrella.

Steffan Jenkins, English and Creative Writing BA, 2018 graduate

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU035
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points 5 GCSEs at grade B or above including the English Language at grade B.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade B.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from Coventry University. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community. Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is also the opportunity to apply to one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

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What our students say...

In the three years that I was there on the undergraduate degree, I learnt so much more than just how to write. I have had opportunities to try illustrating, magazine publishing, voice acting and so many other things do not fit under the creative writing umbrella.

Steffan Jenkins, English and Creative Writing BA, 2018 graduate

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

In the three years that I was there on the undergraduate degree, I learnt so much more than just how to write. I have had opportunities to try illustrating, magazine publishing, voice acting and so many other things do not fit under the creative writing umbrella.

Steffan Jenkins, English and Creative Writing BA, 2018 graduate

Career prospects

Embedded employability will be delivered through an optional placement year (which may be subject to additional costs, application and/or availability), alongside skills and core competency development for all students throughout the course, including engagement with literary festivals.

Embedded employability will be delivered through an optional placement year (which may be subject to additional costs, application and/or availability), alongside skills and core competency development for all students throughout the course, including engagement with literary festivals.

 

While the development of transferrable skills that have value for employability is a factor in all modules, Creative Writing employability modules will undoubtedly provide an opportunity for the course’s efforts to embed these skills. They aim to provide you not just with an experiential opportunity to research and learn about the cultural industries but also to learn about a much wider range of employability-related issues. Creative Writing lecturers have close links with industry professionals, utilising WWM and NAWE to expose students to the real-world activities of professional writers.

Students may even have the opportunity to have your radio dramas broadcast by the BBC and to produce the CovWords Creative Writing magazine (online and printed). Students can engage in submitting work for publication and enter competitions. CovWords exists in multiple formats: as a print version, as a YouTube site for digital performance and as a website which includes conventional and multimodal texts such as poems, stories, digital picture books and radio dramas.

 

What our students say...

This course is definitely unlike any other due to the amount there is to explore within your work and within yourself!

Rashpreet Chane, 2018 English and Creative Writing Graduate
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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