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BA (Hons)English Literature with Creative Writing

University of Surrey
United Kingdom, Guildford, Surrey
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Overview

As well as building writing confidence and expertise (including in prose, poetry and screenplays), the Creative Writing modules enable you to reflect on how your own creative practice could help you to engage with ideas you are studying in your other classes. Creative Writing combines lectures, seminars and workshops in which you produce and discuss your own creative work, and there is also the opportunity to complete a Professional Training placement to really enhance your career prospects.

You begin your English Literature degree by acquiring knowledge of a wide range of literature and the methods we use to understand writing and other forms of cultural representation. As you move through the programme, you are able to choose from options that allow increased specialisation, from Gothic fiction to contemporary and comparative literatures.

The Creative Writing pathway is designed to complement and enhance your experience of studying English Literature by encouraging you to apply the critical and theoretical tools you have developed in your English Literature modules in order to improve as a creative writer. The Creative Writing modules also enable you to reflect upon the ways in which your own creative practice might help you to engage with the texts that you are studying in your other classes. Creative Writing combines lectures on key themes and topics, seminar discussions in which we reflect upon these issues, and workshop sessions in which we produce and discuss our own creative work.

The interdisciplinary focus of our degrees allows you to study special topics in areas such as film, creative writing, media and culture where we have particular staff expertise.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)
Year 1 provides you with knowledge of the history of English literature covering key authors and texts from the middle ages to the present. You will have the chance to explore a range of literary genres alongside a module on Shakespeare. The Creative Writing modules offer a grounding in the formal techniques of poetry, prose, film and scriptwriting. Other modules provide you with a strong grounding in different creative, critical and theoretical approaches to English literature.

Modules include:

Introduction to Creative Writing (Creative Writing module)
History of English Literature
Theories of Reading
Understanding Poetry
Understanding the Novel
Understanding Drama
Shakespeare

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)
In Year 2, you take compulsory modules in Creative Writing on the practical and theoretical contexts that impact on writing, including refining your ability to draft, edit, and present your work, and developing your knowledge of narrative theory and practice. You will also take compulsory English Literature modules based on the history of English literature and on issues of race, national identity, gender and sexuality in contemporary writing. In addition, you are able to choose from a range of optional modules that allow you to develop your own interests and enhance your understanding of literary periods and genres.

Modules include:

Contemporary Storytelling (Creative Writing module)
Cultures and Contexts of Text Design (Creative Writing module)
Constructing the Self
Radical Subjectivities
Contemporary Literature: Gender and Sexuality
Contemporary Literature: Postcolonial Fictions
Victorian Literature and Culture
The 20th and 21st-Century American Novel
Science/Fiction
Modernism
Romantic Literature: 1789-1830
Professional Training placement (optional)
Unusually for an English Literature degree programme, we offer the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement year. Subject to availability, a placement will help to enhance your employability by giving you experience in degree-related professions such as publishing, marketing, the media industries, teaching, creative writing or arts administration.

A Professional Training placement will give you the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills in analysis, reflection, communication and organisation. Placements are arranged jointly by the University and the student, and although students do not always receive a salary, they are often paid a small bursary by their employer.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)
In Year 3, you continue to develop your skills in writing and methodology, although these will become more practice- or research-led in order to offer full support for your creative writing project or dissertation. You will take compulsory creative writing modules that explore the relationship between creative writing and critical analysis. In addition, you are offered further opportunities for specialisation through a range of options that are based upon the research interests and expertise of members of staff. These build upon the knowledge of history, genre, and contemporary culture gained in Years 1 and 2. They also offer you the opportunity to investigate specific themes such as gender, race and politics.

Modules include:

Dissertation or Creative Writing project
Creative Writing and Professional Practice (Creative Writing module)
The Theatre and The Novel
Travel Cultures
Victorian Poetry
Postmodernism and Beyond
Language Diversity
Fiction in a Climate-Changed World
Gothic to Goth

Career opportunities

A degree in English Literature will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills that will prepare you for many rewarding careers. Typical job prospects include marketing, communications, publishing, the media industries, education, creative writing and arts administration. Should you wish to pursue further study, our programmes will provide you with essential knowledge and skills, as well as offering informed support and guidance to assist you in your studies.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States