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Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing

University of Oxford

Bachelor On Campus Online Blended
24 months
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About

The two-year, part-time Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing allows you to strengthen your ability in four major areas of literary activity — prose, poetry, drama and analytical reading — as well as the chance to specialise in the medium of your choice. Two study options are available including a mostly online option.

Overview

Course content

Year 1 teaching

The first term provides an introduction to the three main genres: prose, poetry and drama. From the outset you will be able to engage in practical activity and wide-ranging group discussions of aims, techniques and issues.

In the second term, you can refine and develop your analytical skills with three weeks of Reading for Writers, followed by seven weeks of close attention to the structures and approaches of prose fiction.

The third term concentrates on how to address the challenges of writing poetry and stage drama. 

Year 2 teaching

Year 2 allows you to consolidate and broaden the advances in skill, confidence and analytical ability you will have made in Year 1.

Term 4 provides in-depth concentration on short and long fiction, while Term 5 focuses on advanced Reading for Writers (three weeks) and further high-level consideration of the craft of poetry. Term 6 gives students up-to-the-minute experience of how to write broadcast drama.

Tutorials

Each term you will have two tutorials of around 45 minutes each. These one-to-one sessions allow time for concentrated appraisal of your work in progress, giving you feedback on the strengths of your work as well as those areas which may need improvement. The tutorials focus on work you have produced in relation to the genres studied during that term. This means that as early as Term 1 you have considerable freedom of choice to engage with prose, poetry or drama (though you should expect to engage with more than one category in that term). For those students pursuing Option 1 (face-to-face) tutorials can be arranged in person or online; for those pursing Option 2 (online) all tutorials are online except for those at the summer school.

Space for specialisation

At the end of both years you will be able to work more extensively in your own area of interest, producing a portfolio of around 6,000 words in the case of prose and drama, or around 200 lines of poetry. Your second-year portfolio is allocated four term weeks for concentrated attention, guided by a preliminary tutorial discussion of the content you are proposing, and a review tutorial on completion of the project.

Study options

The face-to-face study option of the course offers a rich combination of seminars, one-to-one tutorials and group discussions, while the online option replicates this structure exactly, using a variety of media to offer a stimulating and challenging learning environment. On both study options, the chance to have your work read and analysed by a supportive, suitably skilled peer group is one of the great benefits of the course, offering fresh perspectives and insights on your writing. At the same time, we emphasise the importance of individual voice and vision, and there will be ample time for one-to-one, in-depth discussion of your work.

Many of our former students have had work accepted for publication during or after their time with us. A significant number have progressed to Creative Writing MAs at a range of universities, including Oxford University’s MSt in Creative Writing.

Accreditation

Those who complete the course will be awarded the Oxford University Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing. Outstanding performance will qualify for a Distinction. 

The course carries 120 CATS points at second-year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 5). These credit points are widely recognised as credit for transfer to other Higher Education institutions, including the Open University. 

Programme Structure

There are two study options for the Diploma in Creative Writing.

Option 1: Oxford classes

You will attend Saturday day schools in Oxford. You will also attend one Sunday day school each term, which is paired with one of the Saturday schools. 

There is a six-day summer school at the end of the first year of study which provides an unparalleled opportunity to concentrate on living and working your craft. 

Option 2: Online classes

The online study option for the course repeats the course structure exactly as outlined above, but instead of face-to-face day schools in Oxford, nearly all of the work you do will be through online media and resources. 

There is a three-week residential summer school at the end of the first year of study.

Audience

You don’t need formal qualifications. You must already be active as a writer, but it is not essential to have been published. Our students come from many backgrounds, and typically range in age from their 20s to their 70s. Some have previous experience of literary study, but again, this is not essential.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

We are looking for enthusiastic writers with a strong commitment to improving their craft, an awareness of literary areas and a degree of articulacy in discussing them, and the capacity for intellectual and imaginative development. Do be aware that this is an intensive and challenging course, and you will need to consider carefully whether you can offer the high level of commitment required. You should be prepared to devote at least 12 hours a week to your writing outside of timetabled classes.

You don’t need formal qualifications. You must already be active as a writer, but it is not essential to have been published. Our students come from many backgrounds, and typically range in age from their 20s to their 70s. Some have previous experience of literary study, but again, this is not essential.

If you apply, we will ask you to submit a small portfolio of your work. Admission is selective and would be based on your portfolio and an interview.

Tuition Fee

Funding

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