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What makes Creative Writing and Media & Culture at Worcester special?

Digital skills are vital for the economy and there is a natural synergy between Creative Writing and Media & Culture, particularly in relation to developments in digital media that have occurred over the past few years. In studying this Joint Honours combination, you will build transferrable skills that include learning to write blog portfolios, creating Me-Vies, writing scripts for podcasts or radio and using social media for marketing. 

It is estimated that over a million digitally skilled people will be needed by 2022 according to the Office for Students (2020) and this course has been created to position you at the forefront of creative content development.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Develop an awareness of the exciting possibilities available in contemporary digital marketing and online content creation
  • Study the importance of audience to build a deeper understanding and engagement with different communities
  • Explore creative writing in a variety of styles, genres, and forms
  • Build strong profiles for potential employment in a range of industries such as marketing, communications, and game design
  • Work with peers to develop teambuilding and interpersonal skills
  • Develop an understanding of how creativity intersects with new developments in a media-saturated world
  • Work project opportunities to gain experience in relation to your future career
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Writing 
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing Fiction
  • Studying Media and Culture
  • Digital Cultures 

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Writer as Researcher 
  • Researching Popular Cultures   

Options

  • Environmental Writing
  • Writing for Children
  • Slam, Spoken Word, and Performance Poetry 
  • Genre Fiction
  • Collabowriting
  • Media and Social Change
  • Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • Crime and the Media
  • Beyond the Mainstream: Identity and Diversity in Film and TV
  • Social Media
  • Work Project

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Extended Writing Project OR
  • Independent Research project OR
  • Joint Independent Study

Options

  • Hypermedia: Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
  • New Nature Writing
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Writing for Performance
  • Indie Publishing
  • Writing Witchcraft
  • TV Times
  • War, Democracy and the Media
  • Green Media
  • Radio Times
  • Commercial uses of Social Media
  • Extension Project
  • Immersive Media: Virtual Spaces, Experiences and Technologies
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • International Exchanges  
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the Personal Academic Tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful. During the course of your studies you will have the opportunity to engage in work-based learning and project placements where you will be able to develop your professional networks and gain valuable experience for the employment market.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and practical activities. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures and practical activities are focused on developing subject specific skills (e.g. social media skills, developing your online CV and online presence). You have the opportunity to undertake a semester long exchange abroad (ERASMUS) in the second year of the course.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have 12 contact hours of teaching. In your final year (where there is more emphasis on Independent study), you will have slightly less contact time per week.

The following is a breakdown of a typical week of contact time

  • 4 hours of group lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars (including workshops and other interactive formats).

For modules that involve work project or placements there are 4 scheduled group sessions as well as individual tutorial support which varies according to student need.

There is also tutorial support for individual students and extra workshops based around employability.

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations and preparing for seminar work.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities including The Hive and Library resources, the virtual learning environment and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4-6 years part-time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professors, published poets and writers as well as HEA fellows. Staff on both courses have high satisfaction levels from the students with repeated nominations for student awards including Outstanding Lecturers, Module Excellence Awards and Exceptional Personal Academic Tutoring.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and (as at 01.09.2020) 83% percent of Media & Culture and Creative Writing Lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification and/or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, creative writing.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formative summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:-

Year 1

  • Oral assessment/presentations x 2
  • Learning Journal x 1
  • Practical portfolio x 4
  • Reflective commentary x 3
  • Essay x 3

Year 2

  • Portfolio x 2
  • Creative Writing Piece x 4
  • Critical analysis x 6
  • Oral assessment/Presentations x 3
  • Essay x 4

Year 3

  • Portfolio of original work (8000 words) OR Research Project (6-7,000 words)
  • Critical analysis x 5
  • Creative writing Piece x 4
  • Research portfolio x 3
  • Oral Presentations x 2
  • Radio script x 1
Careers

Where could it take you?

The course provides continuous opportunities to develop employability and includes work experience options. There are a range of opportunities to study abroad for one semester in the second semester of the second year. Many graduates of this course go on to careers in social media marketing, digital marketing and go on to further studies.

From the latest data available, 88% of Creative Writing students were employed or in further study and 89% of Media & Culture students were employed or in further study, 18 months after graduation.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Creative Writing and Media & Culture BA (Hons)

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

 

UCAS Code

WPFW

If you require any further information on how to apply, please contact our admissions team at admissions@worc.ac.uk or phone: 01905 855111 

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Barbara Mitra

Course leader

Dr Jack McGowan

Course leader