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The written word enters every part of our lives, from novels to text messages. Worldwide, multi-billion pound industries depend upon new voices and fresh perspectives to form the books and films of tomorrow.
Creative writers need to be skilled in the art of imaginative expression, but they also need to understand how literature works and to learn from what has been done before. The creative writing portion of your course will teach you how to present creative work to a professional standard. You will learn editing techniques, how to research a story and how to turn life experiences into gripping reading. You will have the opportunity to specialise in genres including writing for young adults, visual text (such as graphic novels), innovative poetry, and writing for theatre or TV.
The English portion will equip you with the key skills and analytical tools needed for literary study. It will encourage you to explore social and cultural issues raised in a range of literary works, serving to feed and inspire your creative writing and make it strong, rigorous and exciting.
We have strong links with industry professionals and a history of student success in publishing their work. Graduates from this course have progressed on to a number of career paths including publishing, journalism, teaching, community arts work and freelance writing as well as further postgraduate study.
You will learn creative writing skills in scriptwriting, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Working with innovative and enthusiastic lecturers who are also practising writers, you will be inspired to break new ground as a writer, whether it be writing for theatre or working with creative graffiti. You will also study a range of works from modern literature which will feed and inspire your creative writing making it strong, rigorous and exciting.
The creative writing portion of your course will teach you how to present creative work to a professional standard, as well as editing techniques, how to research a story and how to turn life experiences into gripping reading with the opportunity to specialise in genres including writing for young adults, visual text (such as graphic novels), innovative poetry, and writing for theatre or TV.
The English portion will equip you with the key skills and analytical tools needed for literary study and will also encourage you to explore social and cultural issues raised as you study a range of literary works.
This degree programme integrates the study of Drama (50%) and Creative Writing (50%) into one degree. You will work on drama projects designed to deepen your understanding of different kinds of play texts and theatre practitioners, and you will explore contemporary approaches to 'making' performance, such as devising.
The study of drama involves both a critical reading of scripts and practical performance work. There is also an opportunity for students to produce scripts for stage and screen. You will learn creative writing skills in scriptwriting, fiction, poetry, and life writing, and you will learn to analyse and criticise various forms of literary and performance texts.
The programme has a unique emphasis upon reflective and critical praxis across Creative Writing and Drama and is designed to present an integrated experience, focusing on creative processes for the 21st century. Well established, published writers will teach you how to present creative work to a professional standard, editing techniques, how to research a story or play and how to turn life experiences into exciting reading.
Experienced theatre professionals will teach you how to communicate ideas creatively for the stage, and to make links between literature and screen and stage performance.
This year serves as an introduction to the study of English literature and creative writing at university level. You will be taught to analyse texts from a variety of genres and to use a range of literary and theoretical concepts, and to discuss and reflect critically upon your creative products and processes.
In this year you will develop your writing skills through more focused engagement in particular specialisms supported by a wide range of reading in contemporary and earlier literature. You also have the opportunity to participate in European exchanges. All modules are optional, meaning that there are no compulsory choices, but you must choose three Creative Writing modules and three English Literature ones.
Year 3 modules encourage you to develop independence of mind in critically assessing secondary and theoretical sources. You will further develop your study and presentational skills, researching topics independently and presenting work professionally. Creative writing modules encourage a higher degree of independence and specialisation in one or two chosen areas. You will be able to write confidently in these areas with a developed ability to discuss your own work and that of others, and to develop and express a critical understanding of the intentions and achievements of your written projects.
This year serves as an introduction to the study of English Literature and Creative Writing at university level. You will be taught to analyse texts from a variety of genres and to use a range of literary and theoretical concepts, and to discuss and reflect critically upon your creative products and processes.
You will learn to write and respond to simple poems. You will learn to create and respond to scripts for stage, radio TV and film.
Optional modules may include:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||104-120 points|
|GCE A level||A2 to include either creative writing, English language, English literature, English language/literature). General studies accepted|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Applicants will be considered for entry into year 2|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants may be considered for entry into year 2 or 3. Applicants are normally invited to bring a portfolio of work to an interview.|
|Scottish Highers||104-120 points, preferably with a grade B in English Language/Literature or English Language|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||104-120 points, preferably with a grade B or above in English Language/Literature or English Language|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points|
|Access to HE||QAA Approved - Merit in majority of components at Level 3 (English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature.|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
We are looking for highly motivated students with a genuine interest in writing and literature, good communication skills, who are also proactive and willing to take advantage of the many opportunities that we offer.
You do not need to be a published writer, but your interest in and passion for the written word should be evident. We are looking for enthusiasm, wide reading, and a willingness to respond to feedback.
This degree is also offered with a foundation year specifically designed for international students.
Teaching on the course is through:
On creative writing modules, you will be assessed through portfolios and other creative assignments. For the English element, you will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework such as essays and presentations. Most modules incorporate some form of diagnostic assessment in order to allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses prior to undertaking your final exam or essay. Exact proportions will vary according to your option module choices: some modules are assessed entirely by coursework, others are a combination of coursework and exam. You may also choose to do a dissertation.
You may be able to follow a career as a professional writer, or a career in publishing, journalism, creative media, advertising or teaching. This course can lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or progression to an MA course, such as the MA in Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment; the MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity; and the MA in Scriptwriting at Salford.
Practical modules on the course enhance the development of subject-specific key skills and are designed to reflect the contexts and practices of the professional writer. Graduates from this course have progressed on to a number of career paths including banking and finance, in schools (librarian/ teacher), retail and commerce, web design, community arts work, freelance writing and further qualifications. This course is designed to support your personal development and foster skills to enhance your employability.
Studying English and Creative Writing at Salford has been a life-changing experience for me. I came to University as a mature student who wanted to change careers and my degree endowed me with the skills and confidence I needed to do this. There was a fantastic range of modules on the course which not only allowed me to study subjects I was passionate about but also gave me a sound understanding of literature and academic practices. I enjoyed this side of my course so much that I carried on studying for my Masters. The creative writing side of the course also inspired me enormously and through studying a wide variety of different writing styles I was able to find my strengths and weaknesses. One of my strengths turned out to be travel writing and with the help and encouragement of my teachers I started to pitch my articles. My first article was published on the travel website, Simonseeks and encouraged by this I sent off more and more work until I landed the job as resident travel blogger for Hellomagazine.com. I can honestly say that none of this would have been possible without the support and superior teaching that I received at Salford and I would encourage anyone to study this course.
This course responds to the needs of industry in developing both creative talent and subject expertise. We have close associations with literary, academic and professional bodies such as
This provides you with a number of benefits such as theatre visits, networking opportunities, guest speakers, master classes, workshops and work experience opportunities. You are encouraged to enter competitions on a regular basis.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time