Creative Writing BA(Hons)
Join an inspiring creative community with unique writing spaces. You’ll get the chance to experiment with all forms of writing, explore audiences in the virtual and real world, work on live publishing projects, and learn what this means for your own work.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You'll learn how to draft, edit and pitch your work by exploring a range of genres, forms and audiences. On top of developing your ability to generate ideas, pitch them and collaborate on projects, you'll have the chance to specialise in areas like poetry, non-fiction, scriptwriting, fiction and writing for digital games. And by working on industry-engaged projects, a final portfolio and an online profile, you’ll develop industry-level confidence and technical skills.
What our students do
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What you'll learn
You’ll develop the skills to get a job in the modern writing industry, like gaining feedback from peer reviews, building collaboration skills in group projects, and preparing work for submission and performance. We’ll help you understand the demands of the publishing and content industries by introducing you to modern, professional writing practice. And we’ll push you to make your own choices and build writing skills in areas like fiction and non-fiction, screenwriting, poetry, and digital games.
This year builds your essential skills and knowledge of modern writing. You'll be immersed in the culture - writing, reading, coming up with ideas and learning more about audiences and professional writing.
The Craft of Writing
Reading as a Writer
Audience & Context
Introduction to Publishing
Writing as a Reader
You’ll experiment with everything from screenwriting to fiction, while developing your ability to come up with ideas, pitch, and collaborate on set and negotiated projects. Fulfilling set briefs, you’ll research, plan, work in teams with assigned roles, and think about how the audience or reader fits into your work.
Writing Project I
Writing Project II
Games & Digital Writing Workshop
Popular Fiction & Non-Fiction
Go Wild: Literature & Environment
Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
Script Workshop: Radio & Theatre
Scandal & Censorship
You’ll collaborate with other students on live briefs, or with industry professionals on a work placement, learning first-hand how writers and writing fit into creative projects. And by building your creative portfolio, you’ll develop an extended piece of work or collection in a certain genre.
Creative Writing Portfolio
Transitions: Writer in the Marketplace
Lifestyle Writing Workshop
Travel, Place & Environment Writing Workshop
Children & Young Adult Writing Workshop
Reading the Digital
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.
How you'll learn
You’ll work on live briefs set by creative industry partners, and learn from lectures and workshops with our guest speakers and Writers in Residence.
On top of your regular lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed learning, you’ll get plenty of time with our staff and the chance for frequent one-to-one tutorials. You’ll also get the opportunity to contribute to WiTH, our student writing journal.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- Coursework and e-learning exercises
- Live creative industry briefs
- Final-year creative writing portfolio
You'll be taught by published writers and academics from fields like screenwriting, radio, theatre, contemporary poetry, digital texts, writing for games, writing and environment, fiction and non-fiction, publishing and print culture, and children's and young adult writing.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Dr Kym Martindale
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Dr Danielle Barrios-O'Neill
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Dr Luke Thompson
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Dr Ruth Heholt
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- Digital labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
- Libraries housing 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and exhaustive electronic and journal resources.
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code W890
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the subject.
- Can talk about why they want to study creative writing.
- Has writing skills.
- Shows an emerging understanding of literature’s role in the past and present.
- Has a passion for and interest in writing as part of the creative industries.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £70 - Recurring annual costs
- £50 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page