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Creative Writing and Journalism BA Honours

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Code
WP85
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Usually 5 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Adam Liveley

Is writing your passion? Do you love working creatively with language? BA Creative Writing and Journalism gives you a unique opportunity to develop as a creative writer, gain practical journalistic skills and form a close understanding of the journalism industry. This is the degree for you if you want to improve your skills as a writer in a wide variety of forms including fiction, drama and poetry whilst taking an in-depth look at the journalism profession.

Why study BA Creative Writing and Journalism at Middlesex University?

Many professional writers split their time between creative writing projects and work on articles, reviews and columns, while many journalists also work on novels and screenplays. Our inspiring course is designed to equip you with the skills and experience to work in both creative and journalistic writing.

We cover all aspects of journalism from newspaper to magazines and digital media, combining theory with practical work throughout the course. You'll not only learn how to critically examine writing and media, but also develop skills that prepare you for a career in media industries including newspapers, magazines, television, publishing, PR, advertising, and freelance writing. Our course gives you an abundance of opportunities to experiment with language and improve your writing and editing skills alongside a solid understanding of the way the journalism and writing industries are now developing.

Course highlights

  • All our tutors are practising writers – our staff include biographer and novelist Lorna Gibb, novelist and short story writer Adam Lively, script writer and director David Cottis and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
  • Based in the Grove,state-of-the-art learning facility, you will be able to collaborate with students from other disciplines and access facilities including professional TV and radio studios, art editing and digital publishing labs.
  • You will learn directly from a wide range of successful creative and writers and journalists through events like the North London Literary Festival and talks from guest speakers.
  • Near London's media and publishing markets, Middlesex is an ideal place to study, gain work experience and make industry contacts – the BA Creative Writing and Journalism includes Entrepreneurship and Work Placement modules.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

What will you study on the Creative Writing and Journalism?

The BA Creative Writing and Journalism will give you a solid grounding in language and communication across a range of creative and journalistic genres and through a variety of media. It will also link you with the worlds of media, journalistic and literary employment.

The first year of the course introduces you to essential journalism skills and creative writing skills that you can apply across a range of media, including narrative storytelling, finding your voice and exploring character, dialogue and conflict.

In the second year you will have the opportunity to develop your creative strengths in such fields as fiction, scriptwriting (with the opportunity to have your script turned into a short film by BA Film students) and storytelling for games, as well as to develop and deepen your journalistic knowledge and skills across print, broadcast, online, mobile and emergent technologies.

The third year gives you the opportunity to work in depth on an independent project, as well as to boost your employability through our innovative Entrepreneurship and Work Placement modules.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Writing Creatively (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the different ways in which we make sense of the world and communicate with others through creative or professional writing. On this module, you will develop your reading and writing skills through exploration of a wide range of literary or journalistic forms and through writing practice in these forms. It introduces the importance and practice of reflective evaluation of your own and other’s creative work through self and peer review.

    • Character, Conflict and Dialogue (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce you to key elements in the field of imaginative writing – building characters, writing dialogue, creating and building conflict situations. You will investigate the appropriate forms of character, dialogue and conflict writing for different media – stage, page, screen and radio and develop your skills in collaborative writing for radio and other media. You will also develop your research skills appropriate to the imaginative work in hand.

    • What is Journalism? (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to key journalism theories, concepts, codes and conventions, both historic and current, and develops your understanding of the news media industry. You will develop your own views and versions of journalism, bridging the link between theory and practice.

    • Journalism Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will teach you the core journalism skills, techniques and knowledge that will lay the foundation for your degree and journalism career. Providing a firm grounding in news gathering, research, news and feature writing, these skills will be applicable to print, broadcast, online, mobile and emergent technologies.

  • Year 2

    • Multimodal Journalism (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on skills learned during the first year, this module enables you to apply your skills in news gathering, production and distribution in print, broadcast, online, mobile and emergent technologies across multiple platforms individually and collaboratively. It considers how factors such as monetisation, non-linear design, audience interaction and mode of dissemination affect the journalistic editorial and production process.

    • Screen Writing for Shorts (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will help you to understand the particular demands, constraints and potentials of the short film form. It will help you to understand the significance of story structure, visual storytelling and characterisation in conveying meaning and affect, and how screenplays are written on the page. You will conceive, research and develop a short screen story, write and rewrite a short dramatic script, taking account of and evaluating feedback, including peer group feedback, and evaluate the completed work critically and analytically, formatting your screenplay to industry standards.

    • Fiction: The Short Story (30 credits) - Optional

      In this module you will develop your fiction-writing skills in the context of the distinctive aesthetics of the short story, with group study of seminal texts in the history of the modern short story forming a context for work-shopped exercises. You will explore such techniques of fiction as voice, setting and atmosphere, narrative tension, character and dialogue, as foregrounded by the short form, and you will also learn about the distinctive publishing environment for short fiction.

    • Storytelling for Games (30 credits) - Option

      This module will provide you with a knowledge of the principles of storytelling in relation to games design as well as the ability to use narrative structures in the design of game worlds. You will develop your ability to apply both game and storytelling knowledge to the creation of an interactive story and develop story language for games design.

    • Arts, Lifestyle and Sports Journalism (30 credits) - Optional

      Teaching you the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to be an arts, lifestyle and/or sports reporter, this module explores the role of these journalism specialisms in the modern media. You will further develop core journalistic skills (research, reporting, storytelling) and the more specific techniques and approaches required for different specialisms as well as build an understanding of the context and pressures under which arts, lifestyle and sports journalism is produced in the modern media.

    • Political Communication (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will introduce you to a range of debates and discussions about the relationship between the media, political actors and audiences/citizens in contemporary society. You will develop your skills in political communications practice, including presentational and deliberative skills, working both independently and as a team.

    • Innovation, Science and Technology (30 credits) - Optional

      The module enables you to develop a critical understanding of the journalistic and media coverage of modern innovation, science and technology. You will learn to reflect on the current state of this coverage, its social and political consequences and the challenges of improving it. You will develop research, writing and fact-checking skills for covering this specialist subject, and learn to identify areas for investigation and reporting.

  • Year 3

    • Creative Writing Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The Creative Writing Project provides you with the opportunity and support to develop a major independent project that can be in any of the genres of creative writing (e.g. fiction, film, play or games script, life writing). You should aim to produce a piece of work that explores your own particular interests and that can be used as a summation of your capabilities (a “calling card”) beyond university.

    • Entrepreneurship (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This unique module enables you to understand and develop an awareness of and capacity for innovation and enterprise through the initiation and exposition of a proposal and business plan with creative and commercial potential. You will develop your core entrepreneurial skills, including networking, negotiation, presentation, pitching, skills, project planning, time management and market research. You are encouraged to apply your acquired knowledge of journalism, media industries, and new and emerging media processes and techniques to opportunities for self-employment, entrepreneurship and business start-ups

    • Genre Fiction (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will provide you with knowledge and practice of the tropes and subjects of popular fiction, including romance, historical, horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, with the specific genres covered being agreed in accordance with staff expertise. You will consider a range of texts, such as literature, radio, film and TV and include the emergence of cult video/DVD, developing your ability to recognise the characteristics and requirements of each genre.

    • Popular Non-Fiction (30 credits) - Optional

      This module develops your understanding of how close reading of non-fiction, including forms such as travel and history writing, biography and memoir, can help develop your own creative writing abilities within these genres. It explores the nature of the self, its presentation in text, and the depiction of other lives, with the aim of helping you use different narrative structures and styles in your own work. The module explores the notion of place and voice in non-fiction writing and aims to give an understanding of how research informs practice.

    • Long Form Journalism (30 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you to identify and apply relevant critical frameworks to the concept of long-form journalism. You will demonstrate your high level practical skills in the execution of a complex and large-scale project relevant to the field of journalism and develop professional competence in researching, planning and producing long-form journalism.

    • Journalism, Money and Power (30 credits) - Optional

      Providing you with the knowledge and the tools to analyse the relationship(s) between journalism, money and power, this module will deconstruct the ways in which the news media industry is shaping, framing, (re)presenting, and even influencing, the ways in which we view our own power structures. You will interrogate these issues to better understand the role journalism plays at the centre of mediating power: shaping it, supporting it, representing and framing it, and holding it to account.

    • Global Journalism and News Culture (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will introduce you to global journalism as a concept, a way of researching the expanding news media landscape, and of practicing journalism. Throughout the module, you will explore the ethics and nature of journalism that is being created in, and exported by, different countries and compare the approach of journalists, as well as the quality and style of reporting of global news media outlets.

    • Work Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      This module helps you to develop your skills and practices at an appropriate professional level in the workplace, in industries relevant to the rest of your work on the programme. It enables you to locate and reflect on your academic learning in the day-to-day operation of industries and institutions and to prepare for carrying forward the outcomes of your studies into professional life.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Creative Writing and Journalism support your career?

The course prepares you to go on to careers in creative writing and/or journalism, and across a wide range of industries wherever good writing and critical thinking are valued. Middlesex graduates include comedian and writer Russell Kane, playwright Rosa Connor, and performance poet and writer Laura Dockrill. The course is also particularly useful in areas where work on analysing and producing language is central including journalism, copywriting, advertising, website management, politics, PR, teaching, marketing and branding.

  • Russell Kane

    BA Creative and Media Writing graduate

    I am eternally grateful for my education at Middlesex. It was the defining moment, the switching on; an explosive charge that still burns brightly.

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