Creative Writing BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

W800

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

W800

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU035

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

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

Innovative teaching and learning are 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.

During the course, you will experiment with exciting new modes and genres, customise your coursework outputs to your own interests, hone your writing towards income- generation, develop your digital skills and graduate with a portfolio attractive to employers in the creative industries. You will collaborate with students from other disciplines and institutions nationally and internationally, and can extend your writing skills if you wish to partake in themed study-trips and retreats. The course prepares you for personal, professional and vocational development at home and abroad and active engagement in your 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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

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
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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

Course information

The course is designed to develop your individual voice within a community of writers. It offers opportunities for collaborations with performers, artists and media producers (subject to availability).

You can design, edit and produce CovWords magazine, publish your work across a variety of platforms, engage with an international audience and develop an online writer’s presence. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with a range of transferable skills, a strong writer’s CV and a digital portfolio of original creative work. including 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

In your first year, you will have the opportunity to study poetry, flash fiction, performance, stylistics, and descriptive prose in the form of travel writing. Modules will encourage you to develop your curiosity and imagination into narrative production. You may have opportunities to participate in literature festival events (with the potential opportunity to conduct voluntary work) and explore what it is to be a published writer and performance poet. Modules will encourage experimentation with language as preliminary preparation for writing longer narratives in the following year.

Modules

  • Writing Fit for Purpose

  • Poetry for Digital Times

  • Skills for Writers

  • What's in the Box

  • Flash Fiction

  • Magazine Publishing

  • Doing it With Style

  • Add+Vantage

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

In your second year, you will study and write short fiction for both adults and children. There will be a focus on craft and editing skills. You will be asked to write eco-poetry, produce graphic storytelling and video games narratives. Engagement with contemporary debates, social and ethical issues and politics will be encouraged and your voice will be directed towards meaningful interventions in the real world.

During this year, you will have the opportunity to plan a writing project for and in the local community. There will also be the opportunity to attend a special writing careers event by Writing West Midlands, where you can interact with authors, poets, producers and scriptwriters. You can study a module on moving image aesthetics to prepare you for scriptwriting in the following year.

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

  • Add+Vantage

  • Optional modules

    • Graphic Storytelling
    • Video Game Narratives
    • 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

After the end of the second year, you have the option to take either a Professional Placement year* (in the UK, or abroad) or a Study-Abroad year*, and if you do so, you will take a non-credit bearing module which will help you learn from and reflect upon your experiences.

N.B. You will be given advice but may be responsible for finding your own placements (with guidance). Similarly, study-abroad years with your first choice of international institution cannot be guaranteed. You pay no fees to Coventry University for your placement or study-abroad year, though are responsible for covering your own costs.

(* Subject to availability, competitive application process, meeting visa requirements and additional costs)

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

In your final year, you will study dramatic writing for screen, theatre and radio and produce and record their radio dramas and videos for potential broadcast or online publication. You will also be offered choices to work on an extended creative project in the form of a dissertation, or develop non-fiction narratives, plan a novel or make social and political interventions in your writing projects.

Modules

  • Employability for Writers

  • Screenwriting and Video Production

  • Writing for Theatre and Radio

  • Experimental Writing

  • Planning Your Novel

  • Optional modules

    • Writing Nonfiction Narratives
    • Creative Dissertation
    • Utopias and Dystopias
    • Point of Impact
    • Romantic Revolt

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 programme is designed to develop your individual voice within a community of writers.
  • It offers opportunities for collaborations with performers, artists and media producers.
  • You can design, edit and produce the CovWords magazine, publish your work across a variety of platforms, engage with an international audience and develop an online writer’s presence.
  • Successful completion of this course will mean that you will graduate with a range of transferable skills, a strong writer’s CV and a digital portfolio of original creative work.
  • Your portfolio may include multimedia picture books, theatre scripts, short film screenplays, videos, games narratives, recorded radio dramas, and many more artefacts and materials.

The overall aim of the course is to produce new kinds of writers focused on 21st-century forms of expression and engagement in the globalised professional environment. Successful completion of this course will mean that you will graduate with confidence in the written and spoken word and a portfolio of practical, project-based products.

You will be encouraged to stretch your imagination by using a variety of writing genres and digital platforms, and will be asked to reflect on your writing (and development as writers) in commentaries and writing diaries. You will examine the works of poets, writers and filmmakers from a diverse and international frame, such as Aravind Adiga, Thi Bui, Kirino Natsuo, Benjamin Zephaniah and Park Chan-wook. The course will be delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, virtual environments, peer collaborations, international networks and optional field trips.

The course team currently consists of published writers, experienced teachers and researchers. They aim to teach through experiential, interdisciplinary and collaborative methods to empower you to take risks and explore your creativity. At times, modules may 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 will equip you in making a significant impact on lives, communities, and in the creative industries you choose to work in. You will be encouraged 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 (subject to availability), and digital entrepreneurship, including the monetising of creative work via YouTube and Social Media.

The course may 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 you 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 you to produce publication-ready outputs.

You can take advantage of study trips devoted to experiential learning, and taught sessions in a range of locations outside of the classroom. There are many international opportunities and trips for you to partake in through the University’s Centre for Global Engagement, and Linguae Mundi for exploring language and cultures. (Subject to availability, application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs).

Assessments, both formative and summative, aim to help you to develop the key skills you will need both throughout the rest of the degree and beyond, so that you can hone and practise these skills right away. These assessments include essays, writing blogs and presentations/performances.

All modules on the course willmbed 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 you with formative feedback mid-module; and both formative and summative assessments at each level will aim to play a formative role in preparing students to meet the challenges of more demanding assessments at the next level.

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

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

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

Students will also be asked to engage with homework tasks, reading and research outside of classroom hours and many of these materials will be 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.

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

International opportunities are subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs.

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 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


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 31 points Minimum five graded 9-4 including English

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 an IELTS of 6.5. 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.

More detail

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6. (Preferable: Writing: IELTS 7, Listening IELTS 7, Speaking IELTS 6; Reading IELTS 6)

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 6.5. 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.

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.

More detail

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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The programme is designed to develop your individual voice within a community of writers. It can offer opportunities for collaborations with performers, artists and media producers (subject to availability).

You can design, edit and produce the CovWords magazine, publish your work across a variety of platforms, engage with an international audience and develop an online writer’s presence. Successful completion will mean that you will graduate with a range of transferable skills, a strong writer’s CV and a digital portfolio of original creative work. Your portfolio may nclude multimedia picture books, theatre scripts, short film screenplays, videos, games narratives, recorded radio dramas, and many more artefacts and materials.

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 2020/21 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 tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.