If studying full-time, you will normally take three modules in Semester One and three modules in Semester Two. Part-time students take two modules in each semester. The availability of option modules will depend on overall demand and staff availability, but you will normally be told which options are on offer at the beginning of your course. You can choose one ‘free choice’ option module from other Masters courses at Westminster, subject to timetabling constraints and the approval of the course leader. You will begin your writing project during the first semester, complete it by the beginning of the following September and submit it after all other modules have been attempted.
To receive your Masters award, you will need to complete six modules (five core modules plus one option module) worth 20 credits each, and the 60-credit Writing Project (giving a total of 180 credits). If you do not meet the requirements for a Masters award, you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate.
You are normally required to have a good first degree or equivalent in a humanities-based subject; successful applicants will be expected to have a proven interest in, and commitment to, language and its creative outlets. Candidates without formal qualifications will also be considered on the basis of their professional achievements in relevant areas of the creative industry (theatre, performance, journalism, publishing, etc). If your first language is not English, you must have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent. You will also need to give two academic references and submit a portfolio of creative writing, which should not exclusively include poetry. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.
This new Creative Writing: Writing the City Masters course is the first to focus entirely on the city of London. It will allow you to explore the city as subject matter from a range of perspectives and across all genres. It will also give you a theoretical and practical platform from which to develop your understanding, and become part of the London writing scene.
Taught by professional writers and researchers, the course offers plenty of opportunities to network with other writers, agents, TV producers and performance poets. You will be based in the University’s headquarters building at 309 Regent Street, which means you will be writing about the city in the heart of London, with ready access to the capital’s excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, including the vibrant West End theatre scene.
In the first semester you will choose two modules from:
CONFLICT AND THE CITY (WRITING DRAMA)
LANGUAGE AND THE IMAGINATION (POETIC WRITING)
TALES OF THE CITY (PROSE WRITING)
MAPPING THE CITY
THE WRITING BUSINESS
THE WRITING PROJECT
You will choose either a third module from the first core module list, or one of the following:
LONDON VORTEX: 20TH CENTURY LITERATURE AND THE CITY
READING CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
READING THE NATION
WRITTEN DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
The course will enable you to develop sophisticated critical and creative skills and a widely applicable knowledge base that can be adapted to various fields of creative practice and writing business. This course is intended to move you to a new level in your career as a writer by developing your skills as a sophisticated critical practitioner, and your knowledge of literature about the city as well as the writing business. You will be encouraged to network with other writers and identify useful opportunities for career development, partly through the wide range of extra-curricular activities, including writers’ events and talks. The critical and practical skills you will acquire by the end of the course will make you a strong candidate in many areas, including arts management, copy editing, education, freelance writing, journalism, media, publishing, theatre and performance-based writing, and research and academia.
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