Photography / Creative Writing

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Photography and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University will enable you to cultivate your imagination, inventiveness and creativity, while broadening your visual and verbal language. This inter-disciplinary degree will allow you to explore and experiment with genre, form, language, media, style, and presentation. You will develop skills related to image capture and reproduction in analogue and digital media, while acquiring the knowledge required for the successful writing of non-fiction, prose and poetry. On completion of this degree, you will graduate with a portfolio of exceptional creative material, and the skills and attributes to flourish in your chosen career.

Course Overview

Why study Photography and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University? 

You will explore the connections between creative and critical thinking and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought. You will learn from experienced staff, many of whom are published authors and internationally renowned photographers and curators.

You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers and practitioners. You will benefit from access to the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries), which is adjacent to Penglais campus, and which holds a copy of all works published in the UK and the largest collections of portraits, maps and photographic images in Wales. You will have the opportunity to examine rare and original photographic prints from the collections of the National Library of Wales and the School of Art Museum.

The School of Art at Aberystwyth University has been awarded Accredited Museum Status by Arts Council England. This demonstrates that its collection care and management are at the highest standard.

In your final year you will have the chance to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in Mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your projects and dissertations in a splendid rural setting.

Our Staff

Our teaching staff are practicing professionals. As exhibiting artists, publishing researchers and curators, they provide an informed and stimulating learning environment. This ensures that the skills you learn at the School of Art are practice orientated, relevant and applicable.

For further information, visit our individual staff profiles.

All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Modules September start - 2024

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Studying Photography and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University will allow you to develop your specialist technical knowledge and flair for language and composition, while enriching your creative and cultural understanding of the world around you. The skills you acquire will afford you many career opportunities, including: Copywriter, Editor, Lexicographer, Scriptwriter, Arts administrator, Creative director, Concept artist, Magazine journalist, Newspaper journalist, Press photographer, Magazine features editor, Media Planner, Film/video editor, Graphic designer and Web designer.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

In the first year you will learn how to apply narrative techniques and hone your creative writing practice. You will have the opportunity to study a range of historic and contemporary literature and analyse poetic techniques and form. You will also explore the language of photography and gain essential practical skills through the consideration of themes such as identity, environment, tradition and sense of place.

In the second year you will extend your critical and technical awareness of non-fiction and develop your creative writing skills further, whilst immersing yourself in the literary fields which excite you the most. You will consider the debates surrounding contemporary photographic practice and acquire the critical apparatus to evaluate photographic imagery as an art form, while furthering your self-directed photographic practice.

In the third year, you will continue your exploration of diverse writing practices, while developing your understanding of different modes of literary discourse. You will have the opportunity to participate in a writing retreat in the heart of Wales. In addition, you will further refine your own photographic practice in preparation for an exhibition of your work in the Graduation Show.

How will I be taught?

This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, writing labs, workshops, demonstrations, and practical sessions.

You will produce a creative writing portfolio of prose and poetry according to your personal preferences. Your photographic portfolio of prints will be accompanied by your working notebooks detailing your process experiments, plans, drawings, written and visual material, demonstrating your thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media. Additional forms of assessment may include essays and exams.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject and a satisfactory portfolio

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject and a satisfactory portfolio

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 and a satisfactory portfolio

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall and a satisfactory portfolio

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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