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BA (Hons) Professional Writing

This degree is awarded by Teesside University

Are you passionate about writing? Do you want to transform your interest into a potential career as an author? Do you want to work with published writers as enthusiastic about the medium as you are?

The BA Honours in Professional Writing is designed to give you the real-life professional skills needed to succeed as a writer. Encompassing the study of Prose, Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting for TV, Film, Radio and Theatre, the programme's aim is to develop your creative portfolios to the expectations of a demanding industry and even more demanding audience.

In addition to developing your technical skills, the programme naturally includes a thorough academic grounding intended to support and inform your understanding of the creative process. Mature applicants are welcomed, but whatever your background a good understanding of English is essential.

No Awarding body

Duration of Course:

3 Years

Entry requirements:

You will need a minimum of 120 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units. In line with the widening participation brief, however, the Institute will also encourage applications from students who lack formal qualifications

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4
Research and Observation for Writing
The Writer and the Reader
Introduction to Scriptwriting
Introduction to Non-Fiction Writing
Introduction to Sequential Art
Introduction to Prose

Level 5
Introduction to the Study of Narrative: Basic Narrrative Theory
The Principles of Narrative: Narration, Story-Space and Discourse

* Three out of five options to be chosen in any viable combination
Non-Fiction Specialist Writing*
Prose Fiction*
Sequential Art Portfolio Development*
Scriptwriting for Radio*
Scriptwriting for Moving Image*

Level 6
Final Major Project - Pre-Production
Final Major Project - Production
Final Major Project - Commentary
Publishing Process and Professional Practice

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: essays, presentations, written scripts, analysis and articles, developmental portfolios, reflective based assignments and a final project. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career or advance an existing one as professional authors. This may include the production of texts as staff or freelance writers for short or long-form prose or non-fiction in traditional or electronic formats, scriptwriting for television, film, radio or graphic novels. Additional careers include a variety of editorial roles, researching or working within advertising and the programme also equips graduates for further training in compulsory or post-compulsory level teaching.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 6/11/2013