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  • Course Length

    64 weeks

  • Fees

    £8,250 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Bath Spa University

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: CWP1
    • Institution Code: B20
    • Campus Code: L

FdA Creative Writing and Publishing

About the course

The digital age has completely changed how and where we access news and written content. It is essential that anyone looking to have a successful career in journalism or publishing has a clear understanding of reporting and storytelling in this evolving digital landscape.

This foundation degree will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to produce creative and engaging content across a range of print and online platforms. For aspiring writers, modules such as ‘Life Writing’ and ‘Performance Poetry and the Spoken Word’, along with the ‘Writers’ Workshops’, will allow you to develop your voice and explore different styles of creative writing.

You will gain hands-on experience, working on live briefs and building up a diverse portfolio of work, in preparation for a career in the media industry. You will explore the global media industry and the challenges it faces, from 24-hour news cycles and declining circulations to user-generated content and ‘fake’ news.

The combination of journalism and publishing means you will have the opportunity to take a brief from concept and research, through writing and development to design and editing of a full publication. You will use industry-standard software to advance your technical skills in digital production.

This course can be studied full-time or part-time over 64 weeks. Over the course of the two years you will be assessed via 8 Reports, 5 Portfolios, 3 Practical Projects and 1 Essay. You may be expected to visit external organisations for live briefs.

Topics in year one include: Introduction to Journalism; Create Lab; Introduction to Editing and Production; Journalistic Research; Writers’ Workshop 1; Writers’ Workshop 2.

Topics in year 2 include: Social Enterprise; Life Writing; Writers’ Workshop 3; Independent Magazine; Performance Poetry and the Spoken Word; Plus a choice between Digital Storytelling and Writers’ Workshop 4.

Links to industry, live briefs and study skills will be embedded throughout the course.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus 80 UCAS points (e.g. BB at A Level or MMP at BTEC Level 3), including a relevant subject such as Journalism, Creative Writing, English or Creative Media.

Desirable skills include:

  • Good written and oral communication
  • Strong time management and ability to work to deadlines
  • An attention to detail
  • An inquisitive mind and good research skills

Where next?

On graduation from this programme, you will be well placed to pursue a career in creative writing, journalism or publishing. This foundation degree provides you with a diverse set of transferable skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers in communication, business, education, management and public services.

Alternatively you can complete your studies by continuing onto the final year of a full honours degree such as BA (Hons) Journalism and Publishing at Bath Spa University.

Example job roles:

  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Advisor
  • Auditor
  • Office Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Marketing Manager

Work experience and employability


What additional resources will I need?


Fees information

Tuition fees for 2021 entry: £8,250 per annum

Find Student Finance Information on the Government website.


For queries about the course, please contact Rhian.jacob-barclay@newcollege.ac.uk or he@newcollege.ac.uk

Important COVID-19 update – Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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