BA Creative Writing and Heritage Studies


  • heritage studies

Creative Writing and Heritage studies is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their love of creative writing with various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management and tourism.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 96C3
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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The programme Creative Writing and Heritage Studies, 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 Gothic, thriller/crime, satiric and 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 with occasional guest appearances by internationally respected poets, playwrights, scriptwriters 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.

Alongside this students will study a range of modules that will explore different aspects of Heritage and Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects. It will do this in an innovative way that will combine study of general and broadly-based Heritage issues with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries.

There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.

Typical modules:

  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Museums
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Research skills
  • Editing
  • The Role of the Agent and Publisher
  • One-to-one tuition with writers
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Towards Publication
  • Large Projects
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Building & Architectural History
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Heritage Data Management
  • Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
  • Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation of buildings

 Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Close relationships with experts in the sector
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Various opportunities for field trips
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and cathedrals

Assessment methods

Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeographic work, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments, the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work; group presentations; journals; internet searches; document analysis; and, bibliographic exercises.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your on written work such as asking for help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.

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.

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Education officers
  • Local government officers
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

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

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying  BA Creative Writing and Heritage Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.