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 informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/UCAS 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 informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/National Student Survey Score (2010)82% satisfaction with teaching01 Capturing digital images01 Publications from staff and students02 Claire Skuse, graduate of Creative Writing020101
Bath Spa University School of Humanities and Cultural Industries www.bathspa.ac.uk English Literature Film and Screen Studies BA (Hons) BA (Hons)seminars, lectures, individual tutorials, and IT workshops. In addition, there are opportunities for field trips to enrich the course, such as to London, to the theatre, to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and to the Empire & Commonwealth Museum. Sample modules include: Enlightenment to Victorianism, 1750-1890; From Decadence to the Naughties, 1890-the present; Theatre, Sex and Power in Early Modern England; Gothic Origins and Innovations; Adaptations; Writing America; Brontë and Dickens; Margaret Atwood; Publishing: the Literary Journal; Empire & Identity in the Eighteenth Century; Caribbean Writings; Irish Women's Writing An exciting opportunity to study film and screen together with aspects of the new media.Why choose this course?We want to enable you to develop a critical understanding of film and screen theory and criticism and to appreciate the relationship between film, media and culture. But we also want to provide you with the conceptual tools for understanding how society and culture is mediated by cinematic, televisual and electronic images. In choosing this course you will be starting on a journey of critical understanding of the institutions of film and screen production, distribution and exhibition. As part of this we will develop your understanding of reception and consumption practices in film and screen.About the course Film and Screen Studies comprises an exciting opportunity for you to study film and screen alongside aspects of the new media, together with some optional work in film planning and production. In the first year there are two cores modules. The first is Introduction to Film in which you will investigate film as a specific academic discipline and how meaning is conveyed through film form and content. As part of your work you will analyse how A dynamic subject offering a broad and stimulating approach to literary studies. Careers Through Artswork, our Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, you'll have access to cutting-edge resources in the areas of publishing and broadcast media to prepare you for careers or for self-employment in the media and creative industries. Our students also go on to higher degrees, to teaching, journalism and marketing, and to other careers where excellent communication skills and analytical abilities are valued. films are constructed and be introduced to ways of writing effectively about film. The second core module is Understanding Hollywood, which offers an advanced investigation of key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of cinema, and explores film as a commercial, cultural and aesthetic institution. In Years 2 and 3 you can design your programme from a range of exciting modules including film theory, Hollywood, computer and video games, film and national identity, stardom and celebrity, European cinema, young people and the new media, planning a film and making a film. You can also take part in organising LineUP, the annual Student Film Festival. Film and Screen Studies aims to produce graduates who have an informed, critical and creative approach to both understanding film and screen in contemporary society and to their own forms of critical, reflective and communicative practice. You will develop intellectual, analytical, research and creative skills that will help you to prepare for employment. Sample modules: Introduction to Film; Silent Cinema; Understanding Hollywood; Television, Representation and Gender; Digital Generation: Young People and New Media; Asian Cinema; Stardom and Celebrity; Film and Philosophy, European Cinema; Power, Pleasure and Feminist Film Criticism.Careers Employers welcome the high level of subject-based, generic and personal skills which are embedded in our programmes. The main focus of interest for our Film and Screen Studies graduates are the expanding creative and cultural industries, which is one of the largest sectors of employment in the UK. These industries include advertising, journalism, publishing, film and film- related employments, television, radio and the heritage sector. However, there are also employment opportunities in local and central government and the voluntary sector. Staff ProfileDr Rebecca Feasey, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Communication -"F ilm and Screen Studies is a wonderfully diverse programme that gives students the flexibility and choice to look at a wide range of cinematic genres, from a number of fascinating theories, perspectives and historical periods. I am passionate about teaching at Bath Spa because the students are always curious, motivated and interested to learn. Furthermore, because of the small scale of the campus, it is possible to foster genuinely supportive relationships with students."Popular CombinationsMedia Communications - WP6H English Literature - QWH6Creative Writing - WW86 For a full list of courses you can combine with Film and Screen Studies, see page 63.UCAS CodeFilm and Screen StudiesW620Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-280 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB +AS a). See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 105No. of places (2010)15 (additional places available as part of a Combined Award)Course InformationMore informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/01 Studying in the sunshine02 Rebecca Mears, graduate of English Literature01 Iconic image02 Dr. Rebecca Feasey, Senior LecturerUCAS CodeEnglish LiteratureQ300Popular CombinationsCreative Writing - WQ93 History - QV31 Media Communications - QP39 For a full list of courses you can combine with English Literature - see page 63.Entry CriteriaTypical offers260-300 UCAS Tariff points (eg BBC; AB +AS a), including A-level English Literature at grade B. See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 442No. of places (2010)70 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/National Student Survey Score (2010)93% satisfaction with teaching0201Why choose this course? A recent graduate writes: "It is, perhaps, only after graduating that students have the time to reflect on how well the course was designed, administered and delivered. without exception, the English Literature tutors all possessed great enthusiasm. Their choice of set texts and teaching style provoked engagement and involvement and I always looked forward to their classes. Studying English Literature at Bath Spa University was an enlightening, enriching, and a very rewarding experience. I will miss it greatly and remember it fondly." Lectures and seminars are lively and offer plenty of opportunities for involvement and debate. Throughout your study you can experiment with new ideas and new perspectives, both critically and creatively. English staff are all active researchers in their fields, writing scholarly books and articles and engaged in debate on literary and critical issues.About the course The English programme is large and varied, and offers you plenty of choice. The modules range from those on specific authors (Shakespeare, Ian McEwan, or Virginia Woolf, for instance), to topic-based subjects (Writing and the Environment, Post-Colonial Literatures, or Literary London), to period-based study (Gender and Eighteenth-Century Fiction or Gothic Origins and Innovations). You will be encouraged to assemble an individual portfolio of modules and to investigate issues that matter to you. Although most English modules are optional, there are core modules in Years 1 and 2 which provide a common framework to explore central issues and aspects of literary study. The course is structured to allow an extended independent project or dissertation in Year 3. English modules are taught via 0102Graduate ProfileRebecca Mears, graduated 2010-" I am an Editorial Assistant working for Mumsnet.com. The equipment in the publishing labs at Bath Spa is fantastic, and training on Photoshop and InDesign has certainly helped me to gain employment in the media industry. The 'Literary Journal' module on the course was excellent - I really enjoyed the creativity involved and the opportunity to interact with authors and other industry experts."