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BA (Hons)English and Creative Writing

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This course is for those who wish to develop a rigorous, creative and disciplined writing practice. You will gather material, shape your ideas, and produce sustained and polished pieces of writing using creative and analytical approaches designed to complement your study of English.

Through lectures and workshops with published authors you will hone your writing craft, gaining skills such as narrative control, style, and voice, and experiment across a range of forms including audio drama, screenplay, creative non-fiction, short fiction, poetry, and the novel. Throughout your studies, you will develop a range of transferable skills valued in the creative industries and beyond.

Your course will take place in our state-of-the-art facility, The Curzon Building, with its prestigious city centre location, modern teaching rooms – each with networked presentation equipment – and its brand new library and dedicated drama studio. In your first year, you will study core and optional modules in literature, language, drama and creative writing, and as your degree progresses you will specialise further, undertaking a major collaborative project or work placement, with the opportunity to study overseas.

Our academic staff are internationally recognised for excellence in research and regularly contribute to developments in their fields, and our lecturers include published authors, poets, playwrights and scriptwriters with extensive experience in their disciplines.

Programme structure

In Year one you explore core subjects in English Literature, Drama, Language and Creative Writing through a combination of face-to-face lectures, seminars, field trips, workshops, online tasks, group work and – crucially – independent research and practice. You will build on these theory and practice-based elements in the second half of Year one, deepening your understanding and practice of elements of writing craft across a range of forms and genres (such as audio drama, memoir and screenplay), along with other disciplines of your choice.

In Year two, you have the opportunity to specialise further. Depending on the modules you choose, project work in creative writing might include writing screenplays and pitches for short films, crafting short story collections, poetry pamphlets, or writing and producing audio drama. You will complete either a collaborative project or work placement, or you may choose to spend your second semester studying abroad. You also have the opportunity to draw on the full range of English modules which will help you develop your skills in critical analysis, investigative enquiry and synthesising ideas from a range of sources – all skills highly valued in the workplace.

In Year three, you can keep exploring new fields of study, while also deepening your understanding in your chosen specialisms. This might include exploring new forms, for instance, by researching and writing creative nonfiction (which includes travel writing, autobiography and literary journalism), or by specialising further as a poet or screenwriter. You will also choose options from the full suite of English modules available. Alongside your studies, we advise you to attend face to face sessions with literary agents and other industry professionals visiting our Institute of Creative and Critical Writing. You will complete a major independent project, such as a substantial extract of a novel, enabling you to showcase all the skills you’ve learned during your degree.

Career opportunities

Our alumni have found employment in arts administration, teaching, lecturing, law, media and marketing, management, research and writing, politics and public relations, social work and social administration and librarianship, information services and many other areas.

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