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Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Creative Writing

UCAS Code: Q301

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject area.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Creative writing

**Summary**: Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing enables you to develop your skills across a range of forms, genres and markets including prose fiction, poetry, life writing and creative non-fiction.

**Course details**: This innovative course is designed to inspire and support your development as a practising creative writer. A range of workshops, seminars and our unique Creative Writing Lab at mima, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, is designed to help you to gain professional skills in writing, editing, publishing, performance, and writing group facilitation so that you can use your writing and your voice to make a difference in the world.

Work with our team of practising and published writers – from poets and performance poets to bestselling authors. Experiment with a range of forms and genres, develop your specialised interests and create your professional writing portfolio. Grow your understanding of critical contexts and frameworks to strengthen and underpin your approach. Publish and perform your work at our events and in our anthologies and blogs. Gain professional skills through a range of opportunities and projects designed to help you to use your writing make a difference.

**After the course**: This course is designed specifically to help you to gain the transferable skills in creative and critical thinking and writing that equip you for a range of careers including in writing, publishing and editing, the wider creative industries, education and training.

Modules

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Assessment methods

Our unique weekly workshop at mima, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, will help you to grow your writer’s toolkit in a supportive and nurturing environment. By writing together in response to a range of texts and ideas as well as the mima collections and exhibitions, you develop your confidence and learn how to gather and shape ideas. By workshopping your own work-in-progress and offering detailed feedback to others, you gain the skills to become a confident reader and crafter of your own work. A range of modules support your critical skills and provide opportunities for you to experiment and then specialise in form and genre, including poetry and prose fiction, life writing, creative non-fiction, experimental writing, science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction.

Most modules are assessed through a portfolio of your own creative writing with an accompanying reflective and/or critical commentary. Some modules also have elements of assessment for your participation in a writing workshop group or ask you to produce a plan for a practical writing workshop or series of workshops.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

English and Creative Writing

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

After graduation


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English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,704
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
64%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative writing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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