The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Creative and Professional Writing and Media and Communication Studies

Why choose this course?

Creative and Professional Writing with Media and Communications seeks to provide an active, supported and stimulating environment in which students can confidently experiment with and develop different forms and styles of writing. The programme offers a disciplined engagement with both creative and professional writing, teaching the art of writing within a range of media from radio, TV and newspapers to multimedia platforms and mobile phones. The study of Creative and Professional Writing with Media and Communication will help you develop the ability to communicate more effectively in writing; you will learn about the ways in which media shape both our understanding of the world, and our perceptions of our place in that world.

The course also seeks to enable independent critical thinking and judgement, and to hone students' powers of imagination and invention in the creation of literary and non-literary texts. Students will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order communication skills, IT awareness and digital literacy, of immense value in graduate employment.

What happens on the course?

Your writing modules will fall broadly into three categories: Craft of Writing modules, Reading as a Writer modules, and Working as a Writer modules. Craft modules focus on you as a writer and are designed to help you explore your creative imagination whilst developing the skills required to express it. Reading as a Writer modules are designed teach you how to read with an eye for technique: the emphasis here will be on what you can learn from other writers across a spectrum of syles and genres. Working as a Writer modules have a vocational dimension and offer the opportunity to develop skills that will enhance your employablity as a writer.

Media & Communication Studies modules offer a variety of perspectives on contemporary media forms and their impact upon communication. You will look at a variety of approaches to the study of media and communication, and will consider the impact of forms of media (TV, radio, newspapers, multimedia etc) on the ways in which we communicate. You will also have the opportunity to examine specific content - soap operas, documentary, reality TV, blogging, texting and so on. Finally, the institutional context of media and communication is explored.

Why Wolverhampton?

The course is taught by published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, etc).

Special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing are invited to speak on modules, as are internationally renowned authors.

The Media and Communications element of this course allows you to investigate the relationship between forms of media, and their producers and consumers, in order to discover how communication processes operate in a variety of social contexts. Media industry seminars are organised every year to enable you to meet with media practitioners and discuss current media issues with them. You will also have the opportunity to undertake practical work, including the possibility of industry placement thereby gaining valuable practical experience. Many of the tutors on our courses have themselves worked in media.

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For Creative and Professional Writing:

“The team in themselves are highly active and productive as writers - their publications in contemporary fiction, humour writing, literary criticism and creative writing pedagogy are important contributions to their respective fields and ensure the relevance and currency of their teaching.“

For Media and Communication Studies:

"There is much excellent practice evident on the modules I assessed. Especially striking is the excellent range of options available to students, including practical modules, which give the degrees a high intellectual and transferable skills based nature".

What our students think

”I can honestly say that the three years I spent studying CPW at Wolverhampton University were the best of my life. I did not dislike a single module I studied, and I feel that I learned something important from each one. I cannot believe how much my writing as improved, and not only have I learned valuable writing skills, but also important life skills.” Megan Hallowell (CPW graduate 09)

“Before enrolling on CPW at the University of Wolverhampton I was an aspiring writer with an interest in horror only. Since then I've learned about new styles and genres: humour writing, travel writing, journalism, short stories, novels, writing for children and much more. There is so much diversity on this course I was never bored and I learned so much about the world of writing, and about myself as a writer.” Andrew Heaton (CPW graduate 09)

Career path

Students studying Creative and Professional Writing and Media and Communications have gone on to work in the media industry (production and presentation), journalism, public relations, corporate communications and local government. Others are employed as teachers and writing tutors, while some have opted for postgraduate study at prestigious institutions throughout the world.

Comments from our External Examiner on employability

For Creative and Professional Writing:

"The programme offers an impressive range of subjects which fully prepare students to undertake creative and professional writing".

For Media and Communication Studies:

"Here I have to say there is a wonderful variety of methods of assessment which are all appropriate and bring an intellectual strength and broader transferable set of skills to the degree".

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing,
  • articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to creative and professional writing and media and communication, within a multicultural context,
  • think critically, reflectively and creatively about writing, media and communication,
  • source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to media and communication and the production of creative and professional writing,
  • understand different modes of communication and the issues that surround them within their social context,
  • demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups).

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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