The BA Creative Writing degree at Aberystwyth University provides exciting and diverse opportunities for working in a broad variety of forms and genres. At Aberystwyth, you will develop imaginative and inventive creative skills that will enable you to work confidently and effectively in a wide range of styles, preparing you for your professional career. This degree offers a broad curriculum that cuts across traditional subject boundaries. Over the duration of this course you will explore and experiment with genre, form, language, media, style, and presentation. Upon completion of this degree, you will be able to write with confidence, tailoring your work to a broad range of audiences. You will have a highly developed awareness of issues such as tone, structure, genre and function, and of how to utilise these effectively in your own writing.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
90% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (NSS 2020).
Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of English and Creative Writing (NSS 2020).
Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 2% more than Languages graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
Why study BA Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University?
- You will be taught by a team of distinguished, award-winning authors who work across a broad spectrum of creative fields
- You will take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales.
- We have a strong tradition of specialist teaching in the fields of life writing, historical fiction, the graphic novel, contemporary poetry, crime fiction, science fiction, and writing for stage, screen, and radio.
- Our students have the opportunity to work with leading literary and cultural institutions such as New Welsh Review – Wales’s foremost literary magazine – and Aberystwyth Arts Centre – one of the largest arts centres in Wales, recognised as a ‘national flagship’ for the arts.
- The Creative Writing degree offers a broad curriculum that spans traditional boundaries of genre, form and purpose. You will have opportunities for experimentation with language, media, style and presentation. Immersed in a supportive and vibrant writing community, you will benefit from a whole host of opportunities to work with industry specialists in publishing, performing and developing your work. As a student in the Department of English and creative Writing, you will become part of a flourishing creative scene with a long and successful history as the spring for aspiring new talent. This is particularly the case with the range of joint honours provision on offer for students who wish to pursue Creative Writing as a programme of study alongside another discipline.
- Working in the heart of Wales you will have the benefits of all this on your doorstep – an environment that students from further afield can only experience on the occasional “writer’s retreat”. And of course, given our magnificent setting and vibrant culture, we offer you extensive opportunities to engage with the culture and language of Wales; you can learn through the medium of Welsh and English and an appreciation of the potential for experimentation with language is part of the central ethos of this degree.
- As you study, you will develop not only your own creative practice, but also learn to understand the processes relating to writing for a range of literary and vocational purposes. You will explore the connections between creative and critical thinking, and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought. On completing this course you will be able to write with confidence, tailoring your work to a broad range of audiences. You will have an acute awareness of issues such as tone, structure, genre and function and you will translate these into your own writing and textual production.
- Our students’ achievements speak for themselves. Recent graduates and current students have signed to some of the UK’s major literary agents, published with some of the world’s most prestigious publishing houses, including Faber and Faber and Penguin, and have been shortlisted for national and international writing awards.
All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.
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.
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.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Scenography Site Project||TP11720||20|
|Scenography Studio Project||TP11620||20|
|Critical Perspectives on Creative Writing||WR10220||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Academic Writing: Planning, Process and Product||IC17720||20|
|American Literature 1819-1925||EN11220||20|
|Greek and Roman Epic and Drama||CL10120||20|
|Introduction to Poetry||WL10420||20|
|Language Awareness for TESOL||IC13420||20|
|Literature And The Sea||WL11420||20|
|Planning, Process and Product in Academic Writing||IC17700|
|Re-imagining Nineteenth-Century Literature||WL10120||20|
|Reading for Writers||WR10020||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Beginning the Novel||WR20220||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Many of our graduates are successful writers, publishing in a wide range of fields, such as fiction, non-fiction, news media, poetry, screen writing and drama. Our graduates have also developed successful careers in publishing, journalism, marketing and public relations, teaching, editing and advertising.
At the heart of your degree is a direct engagement with career planning and employability. We will equip you with skills that are valued and coveted in the work place and enable you to demonstrate and maximise your achievements. As a graduate of Aberystwyth University you will enter the world of work fully aware of the skills you have developed and with the ability and confidence necessary to utilise and fit those skills to whatever environment you desire. There is a strong relationship between Aberystwyth University and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. As a student, the expertise and support from the Arts Centre and its staff will be woven integrally into your learning opportunities, permitting staff and students to come together with the shared aim of engaging, working and learning in a thriving and dynamic creative culture. Not only will the Arts Centre be invaluable to you as a venue for showcasing your work and engaging with the creative output of others, it will also provide you with unique opportunities for the acquisition and development of lifelong skills, valuable to employers in the creative industries and beyond.
Studying for a degree in Creative Writing will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. As an Aberystwyth graduate you will:
- Have the ability to express ideas and communicate information effectively in a broad range of contexts
- Offer outstanding skills in creating, forming and manipulating the written word
- Be an effective problem solver
- Demonstrate excellent creative thinking, informed by critical rigour
- Have a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Exhibit excellent time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
- Possess self-motivation and self-reliance and have the ability to develop appropriate and effective strategy
- Have valuable research skills that are trans-disciplinary and adaptable to any research context.
Year in Employment Scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement. GO Wales GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.
Learning & Teaching
Teaching and learning will take place through a range of traditional and non-traditional settings with particular emphasis on practical workshops and discursive seminars. Where appropriate the formal lecture will be utilized to convey specific knowledge-centred material, although the lecture will not be the cornerstone of delivery as is a common feature of undergraduate study. Emphasis will be placed on smaller group settings with small-group tutorials employed for specific teaching contexts. Alongside a structured and demanding timetable of practical and conceptual learning you will also be expected to carry out a significant level of self-directed research, writing and creative activity – all essential in terms of developing and refining your own writing.
Many of our courses can be followed through the medium of Welsh. If you are bilingual or a Welsh learner you can develop your language skills by studying a proportion of your degree in Welsh and submitting assignments in whichever language you choose. No matter what you decide, we will support you in working and learning through your language of choice.
Assessment will be continuous with the majority of your work taking the form of portfolio submissions. We place a significant emphasis on the “critical commentary” which accompanies and complements each creative portfolio – the commentary gives you the opportunity to explain and develop your critical thinking in concert with your creative ideas. There will also be opportunities for assessment via the traditional essay when addressing theoretical subjects. Traditional examinations will be limited (depending upon what you choose to study) but dynamic forms of assessment such as performances, productions or readings of your work will be supported by oral examination.
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 120 - 104
A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject
30-28 with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level
75%-65% overall with 7 in an English related subject
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 applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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 are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact email@example.com