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Creative and Professional Writing

BA Honours

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Creative and Professional Writing

BA Honours

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    Year of entry: Sept 2019 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Open Days Wednesday 21 November 2018

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Course Overview

Do you want to turn your passion for writing into your career?

Award-winning writers from the fields of journalism, fiction, poetry and film will work with you to develop your writing skills in a range of online and offline media. You’ll develop journalism skills, understanding the different styles of writing required for feature writing, magazines and arts journalism.

You’ll learn how to write for TV and film, understanding the process that takes your writing from script to screen. And you’ll take part in creative writing workshops, gaining confidence in writing poetry and fiction and discovering how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Why study with us

Experiment with your writing. We’ll encourage you to work with a mix of traditional and new media, exploring the productive interaction between them.

Define and complete self-directed writing projects, developing a portfolio of professional writing.

Experience commissioning, editing and appraising the work of others, as well as producing your own individual work.

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No. 2  

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream Universities in National Student Survey 2018)

3rd

Our English and Creative Writing courses are ranked third out of all UK universities for satisfaction with feedback.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)

7th

Leeds Trinity University is 7th in the UK for satisfaction with learning opportunities.

(National Student Survey 2018)

95%

of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

Course Information

About this course >

We’ll show you the professional and commercial use of writing across all of these areas, as well as encouraging cross-media exploration that will enable you to produce creative and innovative writing. You’ll also explore the potential of digital media as a platform for your creativity, focusing on online storytelling and game-based narratives.

Each year, you’ll work with employers on live writing projects, developing a diverse portfolio of professional work throughout your degree. By the time you graduate, you’ll have extensive experience of writing individually and collectively in a range of styles, an established writing portfolio, and an understanding of the market potential of your writing.

Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative Writing and MA Marketing, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

Year 1

In your first year you’ll gain confidence and develop your writing skills in a range of different media. You will get used to completing writing tasks and sharing your work through our Creative Writing Workshop 1. You will learn the basics of writing for TV and film in Introduction to Scriptwriting and develop your journalism skills through Introduction to Feature Writing. You will explore the potential of digital media as a vehicle for your creativity through Online Storytelling. At the end of the year, on the Professional Writing module, you will work with all the students on the course in completing a series of projects for external clients, gaining valuable practical experience of group work, and working to a brief, for your future career as a writer.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will continue to develop your creative writing skills and confidence through Creative Writing Workshop 2 and you will also take a module on Life Writing, thinking about how to write your own life story and the stories of others. You will continue to develop your journalism skills through Magazine and Feature Writing and your understanding of film and television production through Script to Screen. You will learn more about the world of interactive and game-based online narratives in Digital Narratives. At the end of the year you will again participate in the Professional Writing module.

Year 3

In your final year all the writing skills you have developed will go into producing a major Professional Portfolio of your own writing. You will also put all that you have learned about film-making into producing a short 10-minute film in Advanced Short Film Production. You will create a piece of experimental work developed from Creative Writing Workshop 3: Experimental Writing. You will continue to develop your journalism skills and your employability through Specialist Magazine Writing and Professional Writing 3.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • ENG4742 - Creative Writing Workshop 1
  • ENG4842 - Writing, Performance and Persuasion
  • ENG4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • JOU4232 - Introduction to Feature Writing
  • MFC4352 - Introduction to Script Writing
  • MFC4362 - Online Storytelling

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG5012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • ENG5102 - Professional Writing 1
  • ENG5742 - Creative Writing Workshop 2
  • ENG5842 - Life Writing: Writing the Self, Writing Others
  • JOU5152 - Magazine and Feature Writing
  • MFC5042 - Script to Screen
  • MFC5572 - Digital Narratives

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG6102 - Professional Writing 2
  • ENG6174 - Professional Portfolio
  • ENG6742 - Creative Writing Workshop 3
  • JOU6942 - Specialist Magazine Writing
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction
  • MFC6202 - Contemporary Cult Television
  • MFC6404 - Advanced Short Film Production
  • MFC6564 - Transmedia Production

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 19.6% of scheduled learning and teaching; 235 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 965 hours of independent teaching

Year 2 – 22.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 266 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 934 hours of independent teaching

Year 3 – 9.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 111 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,089 hours of independent teaching

 
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here
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Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of workshops, seminars and individual tutorials. There are 4 key strands: creative writing, screen writing, magazine journalism, and interactive digital writing.

On this programme you will undertake a professional work placement strand that is structured to help develop a range of professional writing skills – the 3-year groups work to produce work for external organisations. The final year students negotiate and contract for the work and thus learn about the wider market for professional writing. The second year students convert the brief into team projects and appraise and edit the submitted work, and the first year students produce the copy. This structure enables students to practice key skills while also gaining an insight into the nature of work at the higher levels.

At Level 6 you will complete an extended Professional Portfolio in a creative or professional form of their choice (e.g. story, play, magazine articles, blogs.), developed with support from published journalists, writers, and script writers.

Throughout the programme you will be offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors, to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to their graduate prospects, and to publish and read their creative work. 

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Assessment


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 - 100% coursework

Year 3 - 100% coursework

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

Assessments tailored to this programme include short individual presentations, online quizzes, and creative writing projects. The main form of assessment though is through developing practical and professional skills in a realistic working scenarios.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​ ​In addition, applicants usually have an A Level (or equivalent) in an English-related subject but this is not essential.​ 

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time.   

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can ch​eck with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admiss​ions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

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Placement Opportunities

You'll develop the vital skills you need for employment in creative and professional writing by taking part in an extended work placement that lasts the duration of your degree. Working as part of a production team with other Creative and Professional Writing students, you'll produce a wide range of professional writing for external clients.

You'll pitch ideas to businesses and manage projects, as well as gaining experience of production, editing and delivery. You'll also keep in close contact with employers throughout your degree, ensuring that the work you produce is in line with the standards of current professional practice.

Graduate Opportunities

​You'll be well-prepared for a career in film production, creative writing, arts administration, media and PR. Leeds has fantastic job opportunities for graduates with professional writing abilities and experience, offering plenty of scope for engaged and ambitious writers.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Creative and Professional Writing Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.
 
If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.