Creative Writing BA (Hons)

UCAS code W830
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What is special about this course?

The innovative BA (Hons) Creative Writing* is designed to give you a solid grounding in the creative principles in both form and structure of four of the main areas of creative writing: poetry, prose, playwriting and the screenplay. You will be encouraged to explore how these can inform and support other areas of professional writing in gaming, advertising, marketing, vlogs etc. 

You will have the opportunity to present your work using traditional methods as well as using new technologies and publishing platforms. The course aims to place creative disciplines within the cultural, social, political, geographical and historical context of Scotland and to show how they make the area culturally unique but connect it to the literature, cultural traditions and histories of its geographical neighbours.

You will be encouraged to pursue your individual creativity, along with both the necessary intellectual stimulation and understanding of the professionalism required to be a successful writer in your chosen field.

The Creative Writing degree capitalises on the popularity of books and series set in Scotland and beyond and will encourage you to realise the potential opportunity these existing and developing markets represent for your work.

*subject to validation

Special features

  • Residential experiences
  • Lecturing staff from a variety of creative and professional backgrounds
  • Links with local communities
  • Blend of creative, critical and practical project based learning.
  • Work towards publishing your own work.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Highers at grade BCC or above Or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC
  • You must have Higher or A level English at grade B or above
  • You will also be required to submit a portfolio of examples of creative writing (up to 3,000 words)
  • You will also attend an interview to assess your technical ability (international students may be interviewed by Skype)

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Introduction to creative writing skills
  • Writing for film: introduction to screenplay
  • Reading as a writer
  • Lyrical poetry in the modern world
  • Creative project: journal
  • Creative project: portfolio

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Writing for children and young people
  • Writing for film: writing a screenplay
  • Developing creative writing skills
  • Introduction to publishing
  • Critical and contextual studies
  • Creative project: folio
  • Creative project: peer assessment

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include:

  • Scottish writing
  • Orkney and Shetland literature
  • Writing for performance
  • Writing experience placement
  • Authors and audiences
  • Creative folio: researching your writing
  • Creative folio: writing what you know

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Crime pays
  • Publishing practice
  • Writing in the market place
  • Social media skills
  • Publication project

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and/or video conference seminars, residentals and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
  • Residentials will take place twice each academic year. Student are required to self-fund any travel to the residentials and cover accommodation and subsistence costs.

 

 


How long will my course last?


  • Full Time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week 
  • Part Time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

 


Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2017-18
    Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,750

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this degree, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Creative writing
  • Publishing
  • Marketing, advertising, media
  • Gaming
  • Theatre
  • Website development

Can I progress into further study?

You may progress from BA (Hons) Creative Writing to the following postgraduate courses at the university:

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Creative Writing BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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