BA Classical Studies and Creative Writing
A Joint Honours programme in Classical Studies and Creative Writing offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary course that marries two of their favourite humanities subjects.
Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting from a large range of topics covering both subject areas.
The Classical Studies part of the programme will offer students the opportunity to explore their interest in the cultures, literatures and languages of the ancient world, then this is the programme for you. A degree in Classical Studies gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules from mythology to religion and all genres of ancient literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire. Modules exploring the influence of the ancient world on modern popular culture, such as film and literature, are also available. Study of ancient language is an option but not compulsory. In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, the School offers specialised modules on all aspects of Greco-Roman literature and culture so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.
With Creative Writing, the programme will offer students the opportunity to explore their creative talent across a range of different forms - including short stories, screenplays, poetry, drama and novels - and will give you the opportunity to pursue your interests in a number of genres such as the Gothic, the thriller/crime, the satiric and the romantic. Alongside the form and genre options, you will take modules in research and archiving, following which you will create a major piece of work which may lead to publication.
Throughout your three years, you will have regular contact with, and support from, a range of different writers, supported by other internationally renowned poets, playwrights, script writers and novelists. Weekly workshop sessions will be held within which you will be encouraged to discuss your work with your community of fellow writers, and during the course of your studies, you will receive input on how best to prepare your work for the marketplace. Alongside this one-to-one tuition, you will also take courses on writing for the workplace, including sessions on reviewing, editing and writing to brief.
- Life and Culture in Classical Antiquity
- Reading Antiquity: A Survey of Ancient Literature
- Augustan Lovers
- The Legends of Alexander the Great
- Staging Antiquity: Drama in the Ancient World
- The Muses’ Playground: Epic in Antiquity
- Magic in Antiquity
- Research skills
- The Role of the Agent and Publisher
- One-to-one tuition with writers
- Towards Publication
- Large Projects
A degree in Classical Studies and Creative writing gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules from mythology to poetry, from ancient Greek including all genres of ancient literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire to aspects and techniques for publishing.
In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, we offer specialised modules so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.
Options are also available to study selected modules in the wider Faculty of Humanities, for example in Theology, Chinese History, English and Philosophy.
All students have the opportunity to pursue their own interests and conduct their own research in the second-year independent project and the third-year dissertation.
A wide range of assessment methods used on the course, such as essays, gobbets, slide presentations, examinations and bibliographic exercises, so that the assessment reflects the student’s performance as a whole.
There is a strong sense of community among our students and staff, where you will always be part of the vibrant Faculty .
The classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know you on a first name basis. Our tutors support very active student-led societies, which have organised movie nights and theatre trips and put on plays themselves.
- Learn in small teaching groups
- Learn collaboratively with interactive learning
- Close relationship with experts in the sector
- Explore all aspects of ancient literatures and cultures
- Begin or continue the study of Latin or ancient Greek
- Expert tuition in a friendly and supportive environment
- Local and international field trips, as well as study abroad opportunities with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA)
A degree in Classical Studies and Creative Writing involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional gobbet work, essays and exams, you will be assessed through bibliographic exercises, presentations – oral and Powerpoint based, at both individual and group level – creation of abstracts, reflective reports, in-house conference papers, article reviews, take-home exams, group wikis, creation of project plans and, of course, the dissertation. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in a clear, professional and lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.
This breadth of assessment type creates variety in the student experience, allowing you to explore the subject in different ways, and also embeds within the programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
Careers and employment opportunities include:
- Media and Publishing
- Business and Commerce
- Library and Information Services
- Further Study
There is no one path for our graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, museum and heritage, the civil service and research – governmental, academic and media – are still pursued by our graduating cohort.
However, the programme of embedded employability ensures that our graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.
Indeed, our graduating students have explored options from outdoors sports instructors to prison superintendents, from the Armed Forces to careers in the medical environment, with a good selection of entrepreneurial spirits applying what they have learnt to the creation of their own companies.
Taking all that they have gained from studying Classical Studies and Creative Writing with us, and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional field trip connected to a module for second and third year students to the Mediterranean to allow students to visit ancient sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.
For the Fieldtrip modules, a deposit is usually required in September/October to ensure a place with the full cost due in December/January. Payment is made to the Finance Office on campus or through the online payment facility.
Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy, at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Classics makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture, post all Powerpoints and handouts and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact. The VLE also helps students to revise and explore difficult topics and access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.
All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, while our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.