Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Creative Writing

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Course summary

Join our thriving writing community. Experiment with all forms of writing to find your passion and develop your writing voice. Explore audiences in the virtual and real worlds while working on live publishing projects. You’ll flourish as a writer, surrounded by inspirational staff and beautiful natural spaces. On this course you'll explore non-fiction, poetry, fiction, children's literature and writing for digital games – learning to draft, edit and pitch your creations. By working on literary, community and industry-engaged projects, a final portfolio and an online profile, you'll also develop industry-level confidence and outstanding creative work. You will: Produce illustrated anthologies, organise mini-festivals, or work with a business as part of your third-year collaborative project Attend our exciting guest lecture series, where you'll build relationships and contacts within all facets of the literary world Have the opportunity to attend and participate in literary events such as The London Book Fair and the North Cornwall Book Festival Take inspiration from The Lighthouse – the glorious workspace at the heart of our community – which hosts everything from skills and craft workshops to board game sessions, literary quizzes and poetry readings Use the stunning natural surroundings as inspiration for the writing process Contribute to a vibrant, thriving, writing community Write for FalWriting, our student-led online magazine, or read your work at our literary evenings and feel the warmth of the applause

Course details


This Creative Writing degree seeks to capture and analyse the most vital contemporary writing (across all formats and media) within the context of a rich literary, historical and theoretical past. You'll learn, debate and create under the guidance of industry professionals, whether in The Lighthouse, our state-of-the-art campus facilities, or any of our immediate and beautiful natural spaces. By customising your learning journey you will fully maximise your creative potential. Find your voice and focus on your strengths. Make personal connections with industry and community partners through collaborative projects, which will springboard your professional journey from university to your desired industry. Year one The first year gives you a grounding in the basics of creative writing, english literature and publishing – all key areas for aspiring writers to be familiar with. But along with the introduction you need, the course also challenges and breaks the norms of most creative writing degrees with modules like Exploding the Canon: Writing Then and Now and Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back. Each week, you'll have a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials. Modules Writing: Craft and Contexts Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back Exploding the Canon: Writing Then & Now Literatures of Revolution Publishing Cultures Publishing Studio: Technologizing the Word Year two This year is all about narrowing down to your specialisation. Want to be a screenwriter? There's a module for that. Want to write for games? There's a module for that too. You can take modules in poetry, creative non-fiction or radio and theatre. You'll take two core modules, but otherwise you'll create your own personalised degree, focusing on your specific interests. You will progress to higher levels of analysis and creation, honing your skills as a writer and a critic. You will learn how to research, plan, pitch and build a profile as a writer. Modules Writing Project: Making Your Voice Heard Post-Digital Content Optional modules Screenwriting Poetry Games Satire & Scandal Fiction Creative Non-Fiction Radio & Theatre Magic and the Impossible Year three The final year of your Creative Writing degree is a culmination of the tools and knowledge you picked up in years one and two. At this level, you will be working on two major 40-credit modules. The first, Collaborative Project, gives you the chance to work on real-world collaborations, for example with community groups, sound projects, work placements, and writing projects. Past students have created podcasts, poetry collections, and a range of community projects with partners such as Mind, the National Trust and others. The second module, Portfolio, allows you to create a sustained piece of work that you can continue or begin to pitch after graduation. For the portfolio, you have weekly half-hour tutorials with your supervisor, giving you a close focus on your own writing. You can still choose option modules in the first study block, and in the second we ask you to consider experimentation and adaptation. Modules Collaborative Project Portfolio Experiment and Adaption Optional modules We Have Never Been Human Crime & Dark Fiction Children & Young Adult The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

Coursework and e-learning exercises Live creative industry briefs Final-year creative writing portfolio

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Trinity ISEA minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
PTE Academic55A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

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