UWE Bristol - BA Hons Creative and Professional Writing

UWE Bristol

BA Hons Creative and Professional Writing

Study fiction, non-fiction, script and corporate copywriting, and shape your degree in line with your creative ambitions.

Why study creative and professional writing?

Studying creative and professional writing equips you with the expertise and experience to make a living as a professional writer.

Currently, one in 11 jobs in the UK is in the creative industries - a sector that's outpacing the rest of the UK economy in its growth rate. The UK publishing industry in particular is experiencing record success, while platforms like Netflix and podcasts are capturing new audiences and creating new opportunities for writers.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing develops your creative abilities and forms your identity as a writer. It also prepares you for the world of work by helping you acquire highly transferable skills and giving you access to a wealth of learning opportunities.

To succeed as a writer, you need many strings to your bow. That's why we offer tuition in corporate copywriting across all three years, alongside fiction, non-fiction and scriptwriting. You'll hone a broad range of writing skills, and be equipped to take on paid writing work in different areas when you graduate.

You'll also become adept at conducting research, and work on live briefs from Bristol-based employers that recruit skilled writers.

What's more, you can gain professional experience writing for UWE Bristol student media, including Hub Radio, Hub Voice student magazine and Cellar Door magazine.

Thanks to our connections, you have the chance to work with publishers and agents, as well as the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, Watershed, Poetry Can, Spike Island, the Arnolfini and Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

We also enjoy links with commercial partners including Babcock International, Stratton Craig, John Wainwright & Company Ltd, The Writing Hut Ltd and Anthem Publishing.

Read what Debra says about studying this course.

Where can it take me?

Situated at the heart of Bristol's thriving creative sector, this course prepares you for a job in writing, the arts, publishing, creative media, marketing, advertising and communications.

You could become a novelist or screenwriter, work as a freelance copywriter or journalist, or go into an area such as corporate communications and PR.

Your writing skills will be sought after in other fields too, with good communication being important in just about every business.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

Prepare for an exciting future in the cultural and creative industries. Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

You'll graduate with an impressive blend of subject and trade-specific writing expertise, and a range of highly transferable skills. You could establish a career in a number of professions including the arts, creative media and marketing.

You'll also be equipped for a career in publishing, editing, digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, and teaching.

Course Details

You will register onto BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing. As you progress through the course you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject.  Depending on your module choices, you could graduate with one of the following awards:

  • BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing
  • BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing (Fiction)
  • BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing (Scriptwriting)
  • BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing (Publishing).

Year 1

Fundamentals of Writing: Fiction
Fundamentals of Writing: Script
Fundamentals of Writing: Non-fiction and Copy
Creative Practice and Writing Mechanics

Year 2

Reading for Writing: Developing a Novel
Writing for Stage
Writing for Screen
Commercial Writing and Content Marketing.
Genre Fiction: Writing for the Market
Scripwriting for Gaming
Writer as Cultural Commentator.

Optional modules
Writer as Cultural Commentator
Poetry and Public Engagement
Genre Fiction: Writing for the Market
Scriptwriting for Gaming
Narrative Non-Fiction.

Placement year

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module: Professional Development on Placement.

Final Year

A Career in Fiction
The Working Scriptwriter
Publishing:From Commission to Print.
A Career in Fiction
The Professional Copywriter
Creative Project
The Working Scriptwriter
Publishing: From Commission to Print
Creative Writing and the Self.

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