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BA (Hons) Creative Writing

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Introduction to our Creative Writing degree

Whether you like science fiction or poetry, or want to write for the stage or the screen, our BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree will support your development as a professional writer.

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Explore professional writing techniques at ARU in Cambridge. Learn to write compelling narratives whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, or become a copy writer or a journalist.

Based in the Cambridge School of Creative Industries and with a network of professionals with expertise in drama and performance, film, games development, journalism, publishing, and digital media, you’ll be equipped for a range of careers.

You’ll explore complex types of communication, digital literacy and innovative storytelling, developing your own skills in this area.

Throughout your Creative Writing degree you'll progressively develop your skills in writing, preparing you for careers in teaching, editing, community arts, arts management, journalism, publishing, copywriting, and in related fields of advertising, film, video production and computer game production.

You’ll get invaluable feedback on all of your written work from professional writers, including our teaching staff and Royal Literary Fund fellows, as well as your fellow students. This will offer you the unique opportunity to consider a range of responses to your writing, as well as sharpening your own critical skills.

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Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
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  • access support with careers and employability, study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.
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Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us. You can also explore the work of our graduating students in our digital graduate showcase.

Careers

As a BA (Hons) Creative Writing student you’ll develop many skills besides writing, including literacy, communication, research, creative thinking, self-reliance and teamwork – all of which can help you start a career in many different areas, including film, games development, journalism, publishing, digital media and marketing.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Creative Writing or MA Creative Writing and Publishing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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