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Creative, Digital and Professional Writing - MA

Why study this course?

Do you want to earn a living from your love of writing? London Met’s Creative, Digital and Professional Writing MA will help you develop your creative writing abilities and train you in the multimedia and digital skills required by professional writers working in the creative industries. You'll be taught by award-winning professionals with the skills, contacts and industry profiles to help you develop your own distinctive and individual writing voice that will be attractive to employers.

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On our Creative, Digital and Professional Writing MA, you’ll develop an advanced variety of writing skills suitable for a wide range of professional settings and literary modes.

We’ll help you develop your own creative ideas so you can thrive in creative roles such fiction and nonfiction writer or editor. It will also open up career opportunities in industries including media, journalism, film, publishing, e-books, marketing and communications.

Making use of the University's £100,000 newsroom and with the support of our award-winning staff and guest lecturers from the world of digital writing and editing, you'll develop an understanding of the demands and opportunities of a professional writing career.

You'll also benefit from field trips that will fire your imagination, as well as work placements in some of the prestigious media organisations based in London. Our students have gained work experience at Harper Collins, The Sunday Times, Harper's Bazaar UK, BBC, leading health magazines and websites and many more.

MA students are encouraged to enter the University's creative writing competition for fiction, poetry and memoir, which will be judged by a professional writer, publisher or literary agent. The shortlisted work is published in a creative writing anthology and launched at a public event at the University.

The MA is part of the internationally recognised Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, a thriving hub of the creative arts. This will give you access to the rich array of exhibitions, talks, installations, lectures and performances that take place regularly in the School. The co-operation of the departments within the School means you can take part in unique projects, such as producing a creative anthology and designing of content for cultural organisations in London.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through assignments, coursework, media artefacts and portfolios made up of original written, visual and audio work. We encourage you to work to professional standards and produce polished portfolios that you can submit to editors and other media organisations.

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 UK degree or equivalent (a relevant professional qualification or experience will also be considered)
  • two contrasting writing samples of 750 words each ready for submission

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa will need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS with an average of 7.0 and a minimum of 7.0 in Writing. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Core modules:

  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Feature Journalism
  • Researching Media, Communications and the Creative Industries
  • Creative, Digital and Professional Writing final project/dissertation

Option modules:

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Scriptwriting
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Innovations in Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Principles of Digital Media
  • Digital Video Production

"Staff are very passionate about their subject matter and course communication is excellent."
Graduate of the Creative, Digital and Professional Writing MA

This master’s course will give you the skills needed to help you forge a career in the media and creative industries. Almost every commercial and public company now requires a communications manager, and as a graduate of this course you’ll be equipped with the specialist skills this role demands. More diverse roles will also be open to you, including creative writer (fiction and creative nonfiction), journalist, editor, publisher, arts manager, web designer, software designer, arts curator and consultant and events manager professions.

Sectors you could work in include the arts, creative, cultural, publishing, public relations, music, media and marketing industries. Our students have gone on to find success as writers, editors and digital innovators around the world. One ex-student, now teaching part-time on the course, is helping pioneer the use of virtual reality in journalism.

The staff teaching on the MA are all practising writers or editors with close industry links. Award-winning novelist Sunny Singh is chair of the Authors' Club and co-founder of the Jhalak Prize for Writers of Colour. Andrew Cutting is author of Missions for Thoughtful Gamers. Course leader Anne Karpf is an award-winning journalist and writer, 'Guardian' columnist and author of four books of nonfiction. Other tutors include Tanya Nash, award-winning script editor who has worked in BBC Radio and TV, including on Eastenders and Holby City.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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