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University for the Creative Arts

Creative Writing (Distance Learning)

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Distance learning | 2019

Subject

Creative writing

The BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree provides students with the opportunity to gain and/or develop a suite of intellectual and practical skills that are necessary for effective writing. The degree programme is sensitive to the fact that students will be enrolling at different levels of writing expertise. By developing a critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of writing students will foster their formation as writers and gain educational validation for their work.

Throughout the course, you will be assigned a specialist tutor who will provide you with individual feedback on a one-to-one basis. The course is modular in concept and delivery and as well as core units, you are free to choose from available electives to suit your own interests and aspirations.

All OCA degree courses have a final course with a student led focus on sustaining a practice to ensure that all our students leave us with a well-developed sense of themselves as practitioners with agency.

Modules

This degree has three levels (HE4, HE5, HE6), each comprising 120 credits.

HE4 - This level comprises one core unit and two elective units.

At this level, the emphasis will be on the acquisition of skills and good working practice. You will be introduced to other’s work through directed and self lead research, and will be encouraged to reflect upon your learning journey.

HE5 - This level comprises two elective units.

At this level, you will continue to develop and improve your skills and the quality of your work, whilst further underpinning your work with contextual research. You will start to develop a personal language and voice, and begin to articulate your own view, backed up by reasoned argument.

HE6 - This level comprises two core units.

At this final level, you will begin the transition from being a self motivated student to an independent artist/practitioner, demonstrating inventiveness, judgement as well as originality. You will also gain an understanding of the professional arena and take ownership and responsibility of your practice.

The Uni


Department:

OCA (Open College of the Arts)

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
B

After graduation


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Creative writing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Design occupations
6%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative writing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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