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- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
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Taking theory beyond the page, English with Creative Writing at Falmouth enables you to develop the independent and imaginative skills you need to thrive in the digital age. Exploring the craft of writing within the historical context of culture and criticism, you'll get the opportunity to develop your own creativity while studying a highly respected subject.
This distinctive, flexible course enables you to engage with English literature and its evolving genres and forms, while also allowing you to explore creative writing – from poetry and non-fiction to travel and screen writing. You'll be introduced to the major thinkers and key debates within literary history from the 16th century to the present day, as well as developing effective creative writing skills and exploring the latest digital technologies and collaborative media.
The Creative Writing options reflect the diversity of the discipline and will help you to map out a study pathway that suits your interests and aspirations, including Writing for a Digital Age, Poetry & Form, Writing a Novel and Writing for Children. Taught by an experienced team of academics and published writers, the course gives you access to some of the best facilities and media resources in the UK. Enhancing your employability is a vital component of this degree, with modules such as Business & Editorial Writing and Poetry for Publication providing seminars and workshops from professional practitioners.
How is the course taught
This full-time, modular course lets you specialise in subjects that interest you. Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed learning. Our students benefit from a significant amount of contact time every week and the opportunity for frequent one-to-one tutorials.
Throughout the three stages of the course, mandatory core modules – which are common to BA(Hons) English with Creative Writing, BA(Hons) English and BA(Hons) Creative Writing – provide a chronological approach to English literature and culture from the 16th century to the present. The course's inherent flexibility gives you the opportunity to specialise in your areas of interest and build your individual pathway.
What you'll do
The first year will cultivate your confidence and develop independent critical skills. Alongside the historical study of texts, you'll be introduced to critical debate and new ways of analysing textual forms. Our distinctive structure is based around a foundation in Literary Studies, The Craft of Writing and Cultural Theory (shared with our English and Creative Writing degrees) to provide an intellectual springboard from which you can forge your own unique pathway.
EGH210 Freedom and Experiment: Literature and Culture 1688-1832 (20 Credits)
This module focuses upon the dynamic relationship between literature, politics and culture during the period 1688-1832.
ECW210 Cultural Theory and Politics of the Popular (20 Credits)
This core module introduces a range of critical texts and practices as they interrogate notions of culture and popular culture, and in particular raises questions about the histories and processes of theoretical practice.
ENG270 Narrative and Sexuality (20 Credits)
This module will help you to develop your understanding of theories of sexuality and desire, and their relation to theories of form and narrative in literature, film and popular discourse in the public sphere.
ENG271 Comedy and Performances of Culture (20 Credits)
This module critically explores the production and reception of humour and comedy forms and practices, considering how and why they might serve as both reproducing and resisting prevailing cultural and social norms.
ENG272 Literature and Screen (20 Credits)
This module examines the relationship between literature and film, internet, digital media, and television. It looks at a wide range of different interactions between forms and genres.
ENG273 From Page to Stage (20 Credits)
This module offers you the opportunity to critically engage with the products for and practices of the theatre, and how these have been discussed and theorised.
EGH240 Making Nations: Literature and Culture 1832-1914 (20 Credits)
This core module considers a range of texts and practices as they relate to the period 1832-1914, between the First Reform Act and the outbreak of the First World War.
ECW220 Politics of Subjectivity and Identity (20 Credits)
This module foregrounds the critical tradition of post-colonial studies, and opens this out into contemporary theories of subjectivity, identity and globalisation.
ENG274 Gothic & Grotesque (20 Credits)
This module offers a range of approaches to literary, non-literary and media texts usually referred to as ‘Gothic’, a term that spans a variety of cultural productions over a period of 300 years.
ENG275 Representing Utopia (20 Credits)
This module explores concepts of utopia and dystopia through the analysis of literary, non-literary and media texts, from utopian works before Thomas More's Utopia (1516) to contemporary virtual worlds such as Second Life.
ENG276 Texts and Technologies (20 Credits)
This module explores the relationships between reading, writing and technology. It examines developments from block printing and presses to changing ideologies of authorship, copyright, politics of patronage, methods of publishing, and democracy and autonomy of authors.
ENG277 Children Reading, Reading Children (20 Credits)
This module explores child readership, the relationship between the (usually) adult author and child audience, and constructions of childhood in children’s and adult’s literature.
CW240 Genre and Form (20 Credits)
This module explores the relation between literary form and genre. It will also explore the relation between genre/sub-genre and categories which define literary markets and target specific reading audiences.
CW241 Audiences and Context (20 Credits)
This module explores the reception of literature. You will explore large-scale studies of audience and effect/affect as well as learning to understand the more intimate relations of address which are involved in any performance or experience of reading.
CW250 Poetry and Form (20 Credits)
This module considers questions such as: How does form influence and change the way we read or write poems? How do rhythm and metre work? How experimental can a sonnet be and remain a sonnet? When is a poem not a poem?
CW251 Writing Short Stories (20 Credits)
This module explores the artistry and craftsmanship of short story writing, and investigates various writing strategies and methods that are specifically adapted to the production of short fictions.
CW252 Writing Lyrics (20 Credits)
This module draws on media, literary and cultural studies to explore the craft of writing lyrics through seminars, group workshops and discussion, along with individual projects and presentations.
CW256 Writing for Radio (20 Credits)
This module aims to develop writing skills specifically for radio drama. You will explore ways to develop original ideas for radio free from restraints such as costume or special effects.
CW254 Screen Writing (20 Credits)
Screen writing introduces novice screenwriters to the basic skills of writing for film. Underpinned by film theory and the study and examination of important films and filmmakers, this module will take you through the fundamentals of script writing.
CW255 Business and Editorial Writing (20 Credits)
In this module you will explore how language can be used creatively for a range of purposes, from providing information to establishing brand identity. You will engage in a range of writing practices, from features to writing for the web.
CW253 Writing for Theatre (20 Credits)
This module will provide a thorough understanding of the advantages and limitations of the dramatic medium through an exploration of the development of British theatre.
CW257 Different Engines: Science Fiction (20 Credits)
This module explores science fiction, focusing primarily on a period from the 1950s. We will explore representations of the future and past in science fiction, and place these into a wider cultural, historical and social context.
Your final year involves extensive self-directed learning and continued chronological study of literature and culture up to the present. You'll develop your writing practice and engage in a critically informed study of texts. Option modules focus on Creative Writing and include Travel Writing and Writing for the Digital Age. In the final semester you'll complete your dissertation and creative writing portfolio.
The Media Centre, Library and The Performance Centre include:
- Digital labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms
- Libraries housing a collection of 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and exhaustive electronic and journal resources
Experience you'll get
- Workshops from nationally renowned creative writers, literary experts and media professionals
- Placements with schools, businesses, museums and arts organisations
- Vocational experience in events management, PR and copywriting
- Frequent opportunities to perform and present in public
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- Coursework and e-learning exercises
- Critical evaluation
- Final year dissertation and creative writing portfolio
- Work in publishing, television, arts administration, marketing and PR
- Career as an in-house or freelance journalist, editor or screenwriter
- Teaching and postgraduate study
Interview and selection process
We invite all applicants to interview.
The interviews will last for approximately three hours and will include a tour of the campus, a group session and a short individual interview. We invite up to ten applicants to each interview session.
You will not be required to bring samples of your writing to the interview. However, you will be asked about your personal statement and your interests and achievements so far. We are looking for enthusiasm and passion for English. We are also looking for commitment to studying English at Falmouth.
Interviews will be held on:
- 15, 16, 17 January 2014
- 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28 February 2014
- 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 March 2014
Student mentor scheme
Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the English Courses group. You need to join the group before you can post. Our student mentors have already done the first year of the course ... so ask them anything you like!
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