BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Media BA (Hons)

BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Media BA (Hons)

The best writers engage with the wider world of literature and media culture. Our teaching in Creative Writing emphasises the importance of understanding where your own writing fits within this wider context. You will study texts covering many genres, styles and forms, while on your Media modules you will engage with an even wider variety of texts and cultural productions.

On your Media modules you will explore the history and impact of media and popular culture, but there are also opportunities for creativity. For example, you can work with a graphic designer on a marketing-based module, developing an idea for an app and coming up with a rebranding project. You will learn to analyse media texts in detail, while also considering bigger questions about the evolving media landscape, such as:

  • Who holds power in the media
  • How the media responds to political and social issues
  • How digital culture affects societies and individuals
  • How we can ‘de-Westernise’ Media Studies.

When you join us you will become part of the York Centre for Writing. We have strong links with the wider literary and media communities, and you can enhance your learning through regular visits from academic experts, industry professionals and innovators.

In both subjects, there are plenty of events, performances and publications which you can get involved with throughout the year. You can also get involved in the writing, publication and production of our Media magazine, Neutral and our student writing anthology, Beyond the Walls.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

A degree in Creative Writing and Media can help you become a professional writer, but the skills you learn on this course will also be relevant to a wide range of professions. As you explore your creativity you will also build transferrable skills in analysis, communication, team working, using digital technologies and presentation.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Writing
  • Copy writing and editing
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Arts administration
  • Writing or producing for TV and film
  • Researching for TV and film
  • Marketing, PR and communications
  • Advertising
  • Culture and heritage

Course Details

Year 1

Media, Culture and Society
Forms of Narrative
Writing to Order
Media Research
Media, Publics and Power
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Research for Creative Writing
Critical Perspectives
Mediated Identities
Media Evolution and History

Year 2

Writing Fiction
Writing Reality: Creative Nonfiction
Convergence Cultures
Culture, Controversy and Media
Music and Media
Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction
Visual Culture
Media Enterprise
Working with words: Publishing and Performance
Writing Poetry

Year 3

Writing Genres
Contemporary Writing 1: Innovation and Experimentation
Contemporary Writing 2: Literary and Publishing Culture Now
Pop Americana: Contemporary Popular Culture
Media Spaces
Gender and Sexualities

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