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Professor Tim Middleton, Head of School"The high-quality research-led teaching on all courses within the School makes us an extremely popular choice for students. Our aim is to provide an exciting, stimulating learning environment which both supports and empowers students throughout their undergraduate experience. We are at the forefront of new developments and you will be taught by staff at the leading edge of their disciplines." School of Humanities and Cultural Industries Bath Spa University School of Humanities and Cultural Industries

Bath Spa University School of Humanities and Cultural Industries 36 / 37 Creative Media Practice Creative Writing BA (Hons) BA (Hons) Why choose this course? Our programme is challenging, exciting, and versatile. You may want to be a published writer, you may want to study literature in a new way, you may want to understand the study of writing to help you as a teacher, or you may just have a passion for writing. Our course caters for all these aspirations. You can expect a professional level of tuition - and we expect a professional level of commitment and achievement from you. About the course Our Creative Writing course has three main components: - your own development as a writer- your awareness of other writing and how your work relates to it - your critical awareness of the markets for creative writing and how you can get your work "out there". We believe that you need to develop each of these elements in order to achieve your full potential both as a writer and a student of writing. Therefore throughout the course you will be expected to: - write, rewrite, and rewrite again in order to become a sensitive and efficient editor of your own work - read extensively, learning how writers do things, so that you can do them yourself- find out how books get published, how films get made, so that your own work is informed and enriched by an awareness of past and current practice. The state-of-the-art equipment in our Artswork Broadcast and Publishing labs is at your disposal to help you make your dreams a reality. For those with a technical bent there is also the opportunity to work in our Artswork Media facility at the Paintworks development in Bristol. As you move through the programme you push yourself and your work as far as you can, taking it (where appropriate) into the world outside the university. Hence our Enterprise Projects, where you can do just about anything writing-related. Students have (among many other things) organised the Bristol Betjeman centenary exhibition; written and performed plays for youth clubs and schools; made promotional videos for local charities; set up poetry readings, slams and improvised script events; and Why choose this course? BA Creative Media Practice combines excellent state-of-the-art facilities with expert tuition. Enhance your creativity through technology, and learn how to sell what you make. About the course The course is a new kind of degree provision, alert to the needs of industry and developed in partnership with it. It will enhance your creative potential through an innovative curriculum that fosters individual expression in a context of professional practice. Creative Media Practice offers opportunities to work in both educational and professional contexts with the final year of the course being delivered in our innovative 'Artswork Media' studio and production facilities in Paintworks, Bristol. The course is structured around a core that helps you develop your creativity, critical and entrepreneurship skills, while optional modules allow you to develop both contextual and practice-based skills in a range of different fields of media production and for a variety of different platforms. For instance, optional modules may focus on: digital image manipulation for print and online media; audio and video editing for broadcast and multimedia; media research and audience studies; scriptwriting for TV, radio and other platforms; harnessing Web 2.0 media and software services. At Artswork Media, you will work on individual and client- based projects and will develop a portfolio of work to take into your future career. On successful completion of the programme you will be a socially aware, culturally grounded, and technologically savvy creative media practitioner. You will be ready to work as an entrepreneurial problem-solver, able to listen, analyse, suggest and construct business solutions in a range of commercial and not-for-profit environments, where your blend of technical skills, aesthetic understanding and strong creative abilities will be an asset. The degree prepares you for work in a range of creative One of the leading courses in the country - highly acclaimed lecturers, highly successful A new course for the digital age. students. organised our end of year Showcase for all student work. Sample modules - Writers' Workshop; Poetry; Short Stories; Planning and Making a Film; Feature Journalism; Writing for Theatre; Writing for Young People; Lifewriting; Writing a Novel; Enterprise ProjectCareers Typically, our graduates are communicators. They can talk, they can listen, and they can persuade. They are confident. They can manage projects through from initial idea to successful completion. They can work alone or as part of a team. That's why recent graduates have found jobs with the BBC, other broadcast businesses large and small; they've gone into publishing, journalism, teaching, social work, marketing - in fact, just about any career that requires a good Humanities degree.Graduate ProfileClaire Skuse, graduated 2007-"A fter I graduated I went on to the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa, and I'm now working at Chicken House Publishing and also writing teen novels. My debut novel, Pretty Bad Things, was published in March 2010 and Rockoholic will be released in March 2011. I'm currently working on my third book, provisionally set for release in March 2012. I loved everything about my time at Bath Spa. The surroundings, the freedom, the people, and finally being in an educational environment where I really wanted to excel and find my writing voice. I owe a great deal of credit to Bath Spa and its tutors!"media industry settings. Sample modules: Year 1- Understanding Media Communications; Sound and Vision; Copywriting and Text Editing; Lens Based Media. Year 2 - Commissioning and Employment in the Media; Advanced Project Production; Designing Visual Narratives; Planning and Making a Film. Year 3 - Creative Enterprise Project.Careers During the course students will have the chance to study and experience a variety of media roles. Within the Year 3 project modules you will work with industry mentors and the University careers service to plan your future - be it progression to further study or seeking opportunities in the workplace. You will have a detailed understanding of key areas of employment which draw on creative media skills. You will also have a thorough understanding of the opportunities associated with freelance work and the process of establishing your own business. By equipping you with this range of critical and practice-based skills, the degree will provide a firm foundation for work in a rapidly expanding and changing media sector in which multiskilling, creativity and agility are increasingly essential. Graduate ProfileKeely Major, graduated 2010-"W orking at Artswork Media was a great way to learn and develop skills in a different type of learning environment. We were able to learn whilst working, gaining a huge amount of experience of working with 'real' clients within in a 'real' production company. All the staff were very helpful in encouraging students to develop their ideas and helping us create them. It provided me with a taster of what it's like to work within the media industry and has helped me develop the skills and confidence to progress further and pursue a career within the media."UCAS CodeCreative Media PracticeWP93Entry CriteriaTypical offers260-300 UCAS Tariff points (eg BBC; AB + AS a).Alternative qualifications welcome. Offers may be subject to interview and portfolio. See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableStudio fee (10/11)£32 per module (subject to review). See page 18No. of applicants (2010) 74No. of places (2010)20More CodeCreative WritingW800Popular CombinationsDrama (as part of Creative Arts - see page 26) Education - WX83 English Literature - WQ93 For a full list of courses you can combine with Creative Writing see page 63. Entry CriteriaTypical offers260-300 UCAS Tariff points (eg BBC; AB+AS a), including A-level English Literature, English Language, Theatre Studies or a related subject at grade B. Candidates are sometimes asked to send samples of creative writing. See page 20 Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 207No. of places (2010)60 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More Student Survey Score (2010)82% satisfaction with teaching01 Capturing digital images01 Publications from staff and students02 Claire Skuse, graduate of Creative Writing020101