Creative and Professional Writing FdA
Faculty of English, Languages and IB
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Higher Education Hele Road 2 years 6T4S Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This exciting course will support your personal and professional development as a writer, from establishing your own voice to honing your technique and learning the skills you need to sell your ideas and publish your work.

The course will enhance your practical writing skills through engaging with a wide variety of forms and genres from short fiction, poetry and the novel to travel writing, food writing and writing for online audiences. You will develop the analytical skills to inform your own writing through becoming an astute and critical reader.

Teaching will focus on helping you to develop both the craft of writing and the practical skills you will need to gain employment as a writer. Modules will be delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment will be carried out in a range of forms including portfolios of original writing, presentations, reflective journals, essays and exams. In focusing on employment skills and opportunities for publishing your writing, we aim to help you to develop your CV by the time you complete the course.

What topics will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Year 1:

  • Research for Writers
  • Short Fiction
  • Reading for Writers: The Self
  • Writing the Region: Professional Partnerships
  • Writing for a Digital Age
  • Building a Portfolio 1

Year 2:

  • Writing for Performance
  • Women and the Novel
  • The Writer’s Journey
  • Text and Transgression
  • Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Building a Portfolio 2

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What experiences will I get?

The emphasis on work related learning throughout the course will give you the professional skills you need to communicate effectively with employers, research and pitch for freelance writing briefs, promote and publish your work online and understand the current commercial demands and opportunities within the writing industry. Direct contact with local employers, practicing writers and industry professionals through guest lectures and workshops will help you to build a portfolio of work and aim for publication.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (as a minimum). Applications from students with non-traditional qualifications are welcome. You may be invited to attend an interview and provide a brief portfolio of your writing.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to all of our learning centres within our city centre sites and there are dedicated Higher Education study areas. There a number of cafes and restaurants on the college sites, accessible to all students.

What can the course lead on to?

The emphasis on work-related learning and employment skills throughout the course will enable you to enter a wide range of careers within the writing industry. You may be able to progress to the English and Creative Writing Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree (BA Hons) at Plymouth University. Please note, there will be a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Other progression routes are possible.

Are there any additional costs?

None specified.

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What do employers think?

Bethany Wadley, journal manager at Elsevier Press, Exeter:

"The Foundation Degree in Creative and Professional Writing sounds really interesting and diverse in scope. It is important to gain relevant writing skills that transfer easily into the professional world – not only does the course seem as though will it enhance vocabulary, creative skills and literary knowledge, it will also help to develop abilities that are invaluable in professional environments. Through the course’s many modules, student can learn to develop skills that are invaluable in professional environments – such as persuasive language and in particular, knowing your audience. Differentiating your tone of writing to suit a spectrum of status/countries/professions is extremely important and will transfer effortlessly into any working environment.”

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