Creative Writing - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MFA Creative Writing

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Creative Writing
PGCert Creative Writing

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PPG72001 240 credits and 120 ECTS credits

JACs code

W800

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - School of Literature and Languages

Programme Leader

SZCZEPANIAK A Dr (Lit & Langs)

Date of production/revision of spec

11/09/2017

Educational aims of the programme

A Creative Writing MFA degree builds on the work of a traditional MA but distinguishes itself in a number of ways: it is intensely craft and practice-based; it requires students' immersion, for a part of their study time, in work environments that offer the opportunity to collaborate with established practitioners; it is firmly based on a model of reflection in practice and on practice; it requires teaching and learning that consistently balance theory and practice through well honed research skills; it aims at enhancing students’ own sense of creativity and professional ambitions in specific artistic fields. For students to achieve an optimum balance between theory, practice and critical reflection, MFAs traditionally last at least two academic years and this is common practice both in the UK and the USA.

Assist aspiring writers to: Hone and develop their writing skills in prose fiction and/or poetry

Assist aspiring writers to: Locate their work in historical and cultural context, and to familiarise themselves with the history of literary production

Assist aspiring writers to: Equip themselves with the research and writing skills they will need to produce both critically informed prose or poetry and creative criticism

Assist aspiring writers to: Reflect productively on both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it

Assist aspiring writers to: Gain experience, through the Situated Professional Practice module, of the practical skills and creative challenges involved in a specific branch of creative practice (such as poetry, or writing for the stage) and/or of the workings and structure of a creative industry relevant to the student's own practice

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a basic understanding of the main principles and challenges of Creative Writing K
Distinguish different schools of critical theory and display a firm grasp of literary history K
Recognize the major skills required for critical and theoretical analysis of English Literature K
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the main principles and challenges of Creative Writing K
Distinguish and be able to engage productively with different schools of critical theory – and display a firm and detailed grasp of literary history K
Relate developments in the field of English Literature to the social, political and historical contexts of their own creative work K
Distinguish different approaches to literary production and reflect upon these in their own K
Develop a critical engagement with various theoretical approaches and methods K
Recognize the critical language required in advanced literary studies K
Identify and explain relevant techniques and strategies for producing high-quality creative writing K
Critically appraise scholarly and professional writing on relevant subjects and texts C
Plan and research a coherent critical argument C
Critically appraise scholarly and professional writing on relevant subjects and texts – and to be able to contribute fruitfully to the field of study C
Plan and research a coherent critical argument at an advanced level C
Critically appraise both scholarly and creative writing C
Strategically develop research skills for retrieving information crucial for text production C
Conduct conceptual and advanced research related to specific creative projects C
Formulate and address research questions relating to creative and research projects C
Express an argument clearly and coherently on paper, demonstrating extensive research and careful reflection P
Create effective prose and/or poetry – and reflect on the processes of its creation in a productive and critically-informed manner P
Display a high level of attention to detail P
Express an argument clearly and coherently on paper, demonstrating extensive research and careful reflection – and significant originality P
Display an appropriately high level of attention to detail in own and others' writing P
Create advanced and sophisticated prose and/or poetry – and reflect on the processes of its creation in a productive and critically-informed manner P
Produce high-quality creative work in and analysis of a variety of literary genres P
Verbally present abstract ideas and concepts in a clear and appropriate fashion P
Confidently deal with reading complex texts P
Acquire a sound knowledge of the key debates in literary studies P
Acquire review/evaluation skills for textual analyses at M-level P
Combine an understanding of text and context within and between periods P
Display competence in a range of skills at postgraduate level, including analysis and synthesis of arguments, presentation, and the speedy and efficient processing of complex written information T
Develop knowledge in specialised subject areas and command of terminology T
Organise, research and deliver a sustained piece of written work to a high academic standard T
Reflect upon the knowledge gained and incorporate this into independent learning strategies T
Manage learning self-critically T
Exercise initiative and personal responsibility T
Display advanced competence in a range of skills at postgraduate level, including analysis and synthesis of arguments, presentation, and the speedy and efficient processing of complex written information T
Develop heightened knowledge in specialised subject areas and command of terminology T
Reflect in a nuanced and productive manner upon the knowledge gained and incorporate this into independent learning strategies T
Display competence in a range of skills at postgraduate level, including creative writing, advanced analysis and synthesis of arguments, presentation, the conducting of independent research, and the efficient processing of complex ideas and arguments T
Collaborate by working in small groups to exchange ideas and engage in debates T
Develop knowledge in a specialized subject, area or period and command of terminology T
Organize, research and deliver a sustained piece of work to a high standard T
Create and carry out a research project of significant complexity T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over two academic years, consisting of 240 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 2 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Optional modules for Year 2 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

N/A

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.