BA (Hons) Creative Writing


Course code QW38

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Course code QW38

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Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2020
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Love writing and want a Creative Writing degree that could unlock exciting career opportunities?

We’ve created an innovative BA (Hons) Creative Writing course to fire up your creative thinking, develop your literary techniques, enable you to explore a range of genres and hone your digital writing skills.

You’ll live and learn surrounded by the iconic scenery of the Lake District National Park – a World Heritage Site - which inspired some of Britain’s greatest writers including Wordsworth, Ransome, Potter and Ruskin.

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You Career with a Creative Writing Degree

A BA (Hons) in Creative Writing equips you with many skills valued by employers. Editorial skills, along with creative thinking, may lead to careers in new media, copywriting, publishing, and cultural heritage. Creative Writing students often develop a career as freelance writers and there is a growing market for this in the digital marketing industry as well as other fields.

Creative Writing Student,

Many Creative Writing graduates use their degree as the basis for further study and training in order to pursue higher-level ‘graduate’ work in a wide variety of fields. For the latest on what Creative Writing graduates do see the publication ‘What do graduates do?’

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You’ll gain a firm grasp of writing fiction, creative non-fiction, script and poetry, but we’ll also teach you digital writing techniques, including blog writing, website content and editing skills so you'll be fully equipped for an exciting career.

As a Cumbria student, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the professional world of writing and kick-start your literary portfolio by contributing to external publications and taking part in the local, thriving literary scene.

  • Develop vital employability skills to assist you in securing a job or to run your own business
  • Freedom to develop your own creative pieces
  • Create a portfolio to present to future employers
  • Studying on a dedicated arts campus means you’re in a vibrant and creative community to fire your imagination
  • Opportunities to be involved in Carlisle’s thriving literary scene and take part in literary festivals
  • Small class sizes mean we can help you to personally develop and flourish throughout your studies
  • Our tutors are all accomplished writers and bring their invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching
  • Flexibility to choose from a range of innovative modules to suit your personal interests
  • Develop your digital and new media skills to strengthen your CV
  • Opportunities to contribute to external publications

You'll study at the Institute of the Arts, our friendly and vibrant arts campus, in the historic city of Carlisle, where you will mix with fellow creative students.

Plus, you'll be conveniently close to the Lake District in one direction and Scotland in the other and with great transport links to major cities - including Newcastle and Glasgow - so there's plenty to explore outside your studies.

Wherever your passion for writing takes you – be it freelance writing, working in publishing or writing content for online media – we’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to successfully step into the job market.

Course Study Options

We also offer this course as a DipHE (Diploma of Higher Education), which works as a step into the full BA (Hons) degree if you don't have enough credits or experience. Find out more by clicking the link below.

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