The study of Creative Writing at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.
The Creative Writing element of your degree will develop your thinking through textual and practical exploration, and equip you with a wide variety of writing skills and methodologies in relation to different genres (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction, etc.).
You will be encouraged to consider textual influence and experiment with different styles. At the core of the degree is your development as a writer and the honing of skills that you can use to find jobs in a variety of creative industries such as publishing, journalism and marketing.
You'll cultivate your individual voice and writing style through revision and editing, and share your writing and thinking with your fellow students in a supportive and evaluative environment. We encourage and support our students to seek publication and to develop a writing portfolio for prospective employers.
The study of Media at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.
The subject combines theoretical analysis of media, such as film, TV and digital media with practical skills in digital media, media writing and journalism, with particular focus given to 'specialist journalism', such as film, music, fashion and sports journalism.
Taught by academic staff who are current practitioners and researchers, this distinctive degree subject also has a strong employability focus allowing students to combine theoretical perspectives with practical vocational skills. Students will graduate with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today’s employment market. These skills are reinforced by work placements.
As part of a Joint honours degree, the programme is well integrated and encourages students to make connections across the curriculum. As well as a rich and varied academic focus, the course also benefits from exciting extra-curricular opportunities, including visiting media professionals and cultural excursions. Students also have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work by contributing to and regularly publishing work in a number of University and external publications.
Learning & Teaching
We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed upon small group work and individual learning needs identified through your Personal and Professional Development Plan. You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout each year.
We're committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, creative portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews and presentations.
Employability & Careers
Cardiff has one of the largest media and creative-industry sectors outside London, including BBC Wales, ITV Wales, S4C, BBC Radio Wales and Media Wales (walesonline.co.uk, the Western Mail and Echo).
You will be well situated to draw upon a range of opportunities to combine theory with 'applied practice' and be supported and encouraged to develop a portfolio of highly valued skills and practices, putting you in a strong position when it comes to moving towards a career.
Our graduates pursue careers in professions such as writing (fiction, poetry, script), journalism, publishing, editing, media production, teaching, lecturing, PR, copywriting, advertising, video game production, web content generation, research, and the Civil Service. There is also significant scope to go on to further study at PGCE, Master or PhD level.
Media provides students with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today's employment market, skills which are reinforced by the opportunity for student work placements. Graduates from the course have pursued careers in a variety of industries, including media, journalism, publishing, education, public relations, marketing and heritage. A proportion of students have also advanced to postgraduate study at either Master or PhD level.
Many of the skills obtained as part of the programme are also useful in industries beyond those listed above. The curriculum helps to develop individuals as graduates, demonstrating the following skills and attributes:
- Problem-solving & analytical abilities
- Inter-personal and networking skills
- Global citizen (with knowledge of diversity & sustainability)
- Flexibility & Adaptability (lifelong learning)
- Effective Communication skills
- Creative & Innovative
- Digital Literacy
- Reflective practice.