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BA single honours Creative and Professional Writing with Foundation Year 2019/20

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the foundation year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • exploring writing jobs, such as advertising, publishing and teaching
  • writing for different media including magazines and blogs

80% of our students were in employment or further study six months after graduation.

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If you love words and want to work with them, this is the course for you. We will help you to develop your own creative practice and distinctive voice, and in addition you will study commercial writing – in newspapers and magazines, broadcast media, and business copywriting. You will also learn about marketing techniques, so that you can present your best face to employers and the publishing industry.

Writing in a variety of styles, voices, and genres, you will hone your skills and explore the rich world of writing, tutored by professional writers with a deep knowledge of their craft and valuable experience of the writing industry. Sessions are largely workshop­based, with presentations and discussions stemming directly from students’ own work. We believe that what makes us truly special is our small, friendly team, which lets us get to know our students as individuals.

Diana now works for a games company in Bucharest.

“Studying Creative and Professional Writing opened more doors than I ever even thought existed. Even though I walked in thinking 'I want to write books', I walked out knowing there's so much more. Like, for example, writing for video games! With the ample writing experience I gathered on the course, entering the industry from a design position came as a natural step in my development as a writer.”

Diana,  Creative and Professional Writing graduate

During your Creative and Professional Writing course, you will learn the skills and techniques required to write poetry, prose fiction, non­fiction (including journalism and memoir), and drama for the stage and screen. There are opportunities to publish your work in magazines and anthologies, and to perform at group readings. We understand that it is vital for writers to understand the online world, and we include topics such as social media use and digital design.

Great writers are great readers, and the CPW course is underpinned by a thorough grounding in the literature and ideas that have shaped the contemporary writing scene. In addition to discussing texts in class, you can also attend a range of author talks and readings, offering you that crucial contact with inspiring writers and other industry professionals who can help to shape your career plans.

We understand that your degree is an investment in your future, and so we take the ‘professional’ part of the course seriously, offering focused learning on topics such as marketing, copywriting and editing, as well as considering the wider opportunities open to our graduates, such as careers in business, the arts or publishing. As a CPW student, you will be eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of your degree, and we also offer tailored work experience placements in a range of different settings. Our system of personal tutors means that we can support you in whatever choices you make.

In the CPW degree at Christ Church, you will find a community of writers who are passionate about their craft, and actively taking part in their industry. We can help to take your writing from a private passion to a viable career.

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

Creative and Professional Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University offers you a thorough grounding in the key elements of a writer’s toolkit, such as the differing demands of writing prose fiction, drama, poetry and non­ fiction, and vital skills such as editing, self-marketing and contemporary English usage. In addition to this, you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules, on subjects such as writing for children and young people, writing for film, radio or TV, and writing experimentally across genres or online. You will also carry out an independent study in your final year, which will allow you to pursue an area of interest in depth.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Single honours

Year 1 is designed to prepare you for the study of Creative and Professional Writing at university level. The curriculum therefore includes introductory modules in creative forms (poetry, drama and fiction), and professional and non-fiction writing. You will also study the best practice in correct English usage in Contemporary Style, and take a Contextual Studies module, which enables them to explore some of the key literary and theoretical movements that inform contemporary writing.

In Year 2 you will take one core 20-credit module in Professional Practice, in which you will encounter a range of professional applications of the writer’s craft, and will undertake work experience. You will then select 5 optional 20-credit modules from the list below.

Module options (all 20 credits):

  • Digifiction
  • Digital Design
  • Experiments in Writing
  • Place and Space
  • Playwriting
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Screenwriting
  • The Novel
  • Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Writing for the Spoken Word
  • Writing from Life
  • Writing in Education

In Year 3 you will continue to explore the possibilities of Professional Practice in preparation for the workplace, in this 20-credit core module. You will also write an 8,000 word (40-credit) Final Year Independent Study, supported by a tutor, on a creative or academic subject of your choice. Your remaining 3 modules are chosen from the list above.

"Before I started the CPW degree, I was an enthusiastic amateur; now, I feel like a professional. I've moved on to the MA, I've had several pieces published, and I even have my own website, and it was the CPW degree that gave me the knowledge and tools to bridge that gap."

Penelope de St. Paër-Gotch CPW graduate

Combined honours

Year 1 is designed to prepare you for the study of Creative and Professional Writing at university level. The curriculum therefore includes introductory modules in creative forms (poetry, drama and fiction), and professional and non-fiction writing. You will also study the best practice in correct English usage in Contemporary Style.

In Year 2 you will take one core 20-credit module in Professional Practice, in which you will encounter a range of professional applications of the writer’s craft, and will undertake work experience. You will then select 1, 2 or 3 optional modules, building a total of 120 credits between this programme and your combined subject. 

Module options (all 20 credits):

  • Digifiction
  • Digital Design
  • Experiments in Writing
  • Place and Space
  • Playwriting
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Screenwriting
  • The Novel
  • Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Writing for the Spoken Word
  • Writing from Life
  • Writing in Education

In Year 3 you will continue to explore the possibilities of Professional Practice in preparation for the workplace, in this 20-credit core module. You will then select additional optional modules from the list above, building a total of 120 credits between this programme and your other subject. You can opt to write an 8,000 word (40-credit) Final Year Independent Study, supported by a tutor, on a creative or academic subject of your choice.

CPW students have the opportunity to read their work to a live audience during Induction Week.

Work experience

All second year students are supported to find and undertake a work experience placement. Previous students have worked with local businesses to create marketing plans and advertising copy, and several have worked with Margate’s GEEK festival of computer games.

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Our team runs a series of readings, talks, trips and publications to ensure that students get a rich experience of the literary and cultural world.

Foundation Year Zero

Students on all of the  Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules introducing them to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills, namely:

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Personal and Career Development (20 credits) 
  • Understanding Arts and Humanities (20 credits) 
  • Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities (20 credits) 

In addition you will be offered two 20 credit optional modules, one to be studied in each semester. The full list of optional modules is as follows and you will be placed onto the modules which most effectively complement your degree pathway choice and, where applicable, your study interests:

  • Dangerous Ideas (20 credits)
  • Foundation English Language and Communication (20 credits) 
  • Foundation English Literature (20 credits) 
  • Foundation Media and Communications (20 credits) 
  • Analysing British Cinema (20 credits) 
  • Historical Foundations (20 credits) 
  • America and the World (subject to validation) (20 credits) 
  • Music and Performing Arts in Context (20 credits) 
  • The Languages and Theory of Music (20 credits) 

Optional Modules associated with Degree Pathway in Semester 1 (S1) and Semester 2 (S2)

  • Foundation English Literature S1
  • Dangerous Ideas S2
  • Analysing British Cinema S2

Core modules

Year 1

Poetry, Drama and Fiction 1 (20 credits)
Poetry, Drama and Fiction 2 (20 credits - single honours only)
Non-Fiction and Commercial Writing 1 (20 credits)
Non-Fiction and Commercial Writing 2 (20 credits - single honours only)

In these modules, you will analyse the styles and techniques of some of the most exciting writers of the various disciplines, both classic and contemporary, creative and commercial. The emphasis, however, is always on the development of your own work, drawing on that of others who have gone before you: you’ll learn from their strengths and weaknesses, and discover for yourself how to craft your own work in these fields.

Contemporary Style (20 credits) 

This is module compulsory for Single Honours students, and optional for Combined Honours students.

You’ll take our language to pieces in this module, and then you learn how to put it back together with complete control of its mechanisms and an understanding of the different purposes those mechanics can serve, and their influence on style and vocabulary.

Contextual Studies (20 credits) 

This is module compulsory for Single Honours students, and optional for Combined Honours students.

This module will help to build a deep background understanding of the ideas that shape contemporary writing: from social and political movements such as feminism and post-colonialism, to theoretical approaches such as postmodernism. This will help you to develop the critical aspects of your coursework, and enrich your creative writing.

Years 2 and 3

Professional Practice 1 (20 credits) and Professional Practice 2 (20 credits)

In both Years 2 and 3 you will take a core module in Professional Practice, which will help you to understand the wide range of careers available to you, and will develop your skills in key areas such as editing, marketing and writing in the media.

Final Year Independent Study (40 credits)

This is module compulsory for Single Honours students, and optional for Combined Honours students. It allows you to create a piece of extended writing of your choice – whether it’s the first chapters of a novel, a piece of drama, a collection of short stories or poetry, a digital project, or a critical essay. You will be supported in one-to-one sessions by a tutor chosen for their experience in your area of study.

We continually revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Likely optional modules

You will be able to choose from a range of exciting modules in years two and three. We strive to ensure that these are as up­to­date as possible, and that they reflect the expertise of our staff; therefore the list below is subject to change.

Digifiction (20 credits)

This module explores a new and burgeoning market for writers. You will learn the tools and techniques for writing fiction in the digital world and study the theory that underpins this practice.

Digital Design (20 credits) 

You will explore the techniques and principles of good design, ready to present your work online or in print.

Experiments in Writing (20 credits)

This module looks at ways of writing that confound expectations: alternative histories, fiction that merges poetry and prose, or autobiographies told in verse. The aim is to encourage you to take risks in your writing, and explore the edges of your practice.

Place and Space (20 credits) 

This module will help you to develop a strong sense of place in your writing, and to explore the Kent landscape through writers such as Dickens and H.G. Wells.

Playwriting (20 credits) 

A deep dive into the craft of playwriting, in which you will write your own scripts, learn about the particular demands of the theatre, and analyse excellent dramatic texts to enrich your own writing.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (20 credits)

For lovers of speculative fiction, this module invites you into an exploration of these genres, supporting you to understand the demands of this market and to polish your own writing in this area.

Screenwriting (20 credits) 

This module examines the business of writing for film and television, and takes you through the where, when, who, what, why and how of the craft. You’ll invent, draft, edit and revise your work to broadcast quality.

The Novel (20 credits) 

For students who feel ready to tackle a full-length book, this module develops the necessary skills, such as handling plot, structure and character development.

Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage (20 credits) 

This employment-focused module explores a key area of employment for Arts graduates – the roles found in our museums, galleries, arts centres and heritage organisations.

Writing for Children and Young Adults (20 credits) 

Books for children (fiction, non­fiction, picture books, poetry and drama) are a hugely important and profitable segment of the publishing industry. This module invites you to immerse yourself in the best examples of work for this age group, and to explore the stellar rise of young adult fiction, too.

Writing for the Spoken Word (20 credits)

Writing for the Spoken Word introduces an important market for writers, offering opportunities to write drama, comedy and non­fiction. You will learn how radio programmes are commissioned and produced, and write your own piece of radio drama.

Writing from Life (20 credits) 

From biographies of great lives to celebrity memoirs; from literary accounts of the self to over­sharing on Twitter – we love to tell and hear life stories. This module looks at some inspiring examples of this form, and helps you to approach writing from your own life, too.

Writing in Education (20 credits) 

Many creative writers wish to pursue a career in education, either as a teacher or a workshop leader. This module helps you to develop the skills to plan, manage and evaluate your own classes and courses.

The course aims to develop a range of skills that will prepare students for employment as writers in a variety of roles, journalism, advertising, publishing, and marketing. However, the Creative and Professional Writing degree also opens up opportunities to work in a variety of administrative or managerial settings, as well as in public sector roles such as teaching. For entrepreneurial students, we teach essential skills for working freelance or running a small business. This course also provides a great foundation for further study towards a professional qualification, for example in journalism, business or marketing.

Just a month after finishing her degree, Montana Hoeren gained a graduate post as a PR and Marketing Assistant; a year later, she took the next step and became a Marketing Executive.

“Studying at Christ Church has made a massive impact on where I am now,” says Montana.

“I’m forever grateful for the opportunity I had to study at CCCU, and even more so for having a great bunch of lecturers who helped me gain my degree.”

Fees

The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

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CategoryDescription
Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Lecturers may offer occasional, optional trips to, for example, film screenings or exhibitions. These are generally within Kent and students are asked to cover the cost of their own travel and entry if applicable.
Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements Students undertake a work experience placement in their second year, usually in Kent, and need to cover their own travel costs for this.
Text books We make every effort to provide electronic or library copies of learning materials. However, some students prefer to purchase their own copies of key text, but it is emphasised that this is optional.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have between 9 and 12 contact hours per week, as well as the opportunity to meet with module tutors and personal academic tutors for tailored advice outside scheduled seminar time.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.  In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.

In Year 2 you will also undertake work experience.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For the Independent Study in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of between 9 and 12 contact hours each week. You will undertake 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there will be field trips.

For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

Academic input

The team includes highly qualified writer academics (who publish across both creative and academic fields) and industry professionals. All tutors have up to date expertise in specific areas and this is reflected in their teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change from year-to-year to accommodate people’s professional and creative practice outside the University.

The degree is assessed by means of a portfolio of coursework, divided between creative and critical work. Many of the papers also feature practical assessments, such as editing tasks or marketing plans.

The course includes regular workshops in which students are encouraged to submit their work for peer review, and learn to use feedback from tutors and other students as a vital tool in the process of revision and editing. Coursework might typically include critical assignments or self-reflective pieces combined with a creative portfolio based on a range of work written and developed through the semester.

There will be a one to one feedback tutorial for each module, enabling students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop their skills in consultation with tutors.

Percentage of the Course Assessed by Coursework.

The course is 100% assessed by coursework and there are no exams.

You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken by coursework, and feedback on examinations is available on request from module leaders. In addition to written feedback supplied for all assessments undertaken by coursework, you may also take advantage of the opportunity to discuss your work with your module tutor. We will normally provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission for coursework assignments.

We work with a range of industry partners to find work experience placements, and to arrange talks and learning opportunities that bring our students in contact with current thinking and practice.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

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UCAS course code

  • W803 Creative and Professional Writing with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should have studied at level 3 and have attained 48 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications will be considered.

    You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

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