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Creative Writing, B.F.A

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Dublin, Ireland
Creative writing touches on all aspects of written communication, with particular emphasis on those that lie outside the purely academic and technical fields. Creative Writing at American College Dublin draws on the author’s imaginative capacity, stylistic felicity, and originality of composition, insight and expression. 
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Overview

The Creative Writing programme at American College Dublin encompasses a wide range of approaches, including prose fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, graphic novels (comics), video games (dialogue and plotting), and writing for new media (blogs, social media, creative written content for websites). Thus, an undergraduate degree in creative writing is one of the most useful programs of study that a student can contemplate, offering not only the means to explore and develop one’s expressive abilities in a variety of written forms, but also providing the means to develop advanced skills and competencies in written communication and academic research. In a digital age that is heavily reliant on effective, interesting, original and attractive writing, a BFA in

Creative Writing is an exciting, relevant and vocationally desirable course of study: it provides a range of opportunities for artistic and intellectual growth, enhanced expressive ability, a rich variety of career development possibilities in the arts and business, and many avenues for further development in graduate study.

The BFA program examines all of the main areas of creative writing, with introductory courses on the discipline as a whole, courses on the technical requirements and the analysis of creative writing, and specific courses exploring the practical aspects of composing novels, short stories, poems, scripts and screenplays, graphic novels and writing for electronic forms such as video games, websites and social media, offered according to student demand.

As the student progresses, the program makes increasing use of the workshop method of teaching, and in the final stages there are opportunities for approved students to undertake extended independent writing projects. The student may combine the major in creative writing with other majors offered by the institution, depending on his or her interests; these include performing arts, liberal arts and international business, either as a double major or as minors.

Career Skills

Along with academic knowledge that students receive throughout the duration of their chosen subject, students will also acquire and develop transferable career skills from their degree discipline. These skills along with potential career paths are provided below to give you a well-rounded view of what the course has to offer. 

These skills include:

  • Skills and competencies in written communication.
  • Skills and competences in academic research.
  • Detail-oriented
  • Creativity 
  • Self-management 
  • Organisational competencies 
  • Critical and editorial commentary 

Graduate of BFA in Creative Writing will be prepared to participate in a range of complementary fields including:

  • Journalism 
  • Publishing
  • Editing 
  • Online writing 
  • Advertising 
  • Marketing 
  • Teaching

The programme also serves as an effective platform for successful participation in a variety of postgraduate programmes such as the MFA in Creative Writing, Liberal Arts and Performing Arts. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    There is a late application procedure until 1 May. Students are advised to apply well in advance of the deadlines.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic communication
  • Imagination and storytelling
  • Introduction to creative writing
  • Writing prose
  • Poetry now
  • Close reading
  • Shakespeare
  • Writing for screen
  • Writing for stage

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Applicants are required to have graduated from high school at a standard that satisfies the institution that they have a strong likelihood of being able to complete the program of study.
  •  Applicants still in high school must provide evidence from high school transcripts and / or report cards that suggest a likelihood to graduate from high school; conditional acceptance is granted pending the completion of the applicant’s senior high school year.
  • Applicants are also required to submit with their application a sample of original creative writing (any form of creative writing) of approximately 1,000 words.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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