This new programme focuses on developing writing skills over the course of three years. The students embark upon a range of writing covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, flash fiction, cultural journalism and other forms of writing.
This is anchored by a detailed study of English Literature, Drama and Film which provides a critical context for their ongoing practice. The programme is delivered through interactive workshops, seminars and field trips.
Visiting lecturers will be practitioners such as novelists, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, bloggers, journalists, editors, agents and publishers. Students will develop a portfolio of writing, will collaborate on creative projects including film and performance and will have a strong foundation in English literature preparing them for creative and professional practice.
Year one of the course provides a strong foundation in literature, drama and writing practice including digital media. Some modules are shared with the Performing Arts BA and students will attend theatre and other live performances. The Writing and Practice modules emphasise writing basics and short form writing.
In year two, students will study film, video production and screenwriting as well as look at the major literary and cultural movements of the 20th century and their impact on the development of the narrative forms of that century.
In the third and final year of the degree, the emphasis is on professional practice and on building a major portfolio of work, together with a focus on the contemporary Irish literary and publishing scene. Modules will include Contemporary Irish Theatre, Writing as well as Publishing.
Graduates will be eligible to progress to a number of postgraduate degrees in Ireland and abroad including M.A.’s in Creative Writing, Journalism, English Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Publishing. Other potential progression routes might include postgraduate work in Community Arts, Literary Tourism and the Professional Masters in Education.
Graduates will be able to work in publishing, public relations, arts management, in film and television, the theatre, marketing, cultural tourism and event promotion, journalism, speech writing, teaching and facilitation. They can work as writers and will possess transferable skills enabling a wide range of opportunities in communications roles.
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