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28.07.05
University College Falmouth Launches New Degree For Creative Writers

Building on the success of its BA (Hons) degree in English with Media Studies, which continues to ride high in the Guardian's University Guide and in response to increased demand, University College Falmouth launches a new full time degree in English with Creative Writing this autumn.

This course will celebrate the fact that the imagination is fundamental to the creation of both literary and media texts and will offer a unique approach to their study and production. As well as offering students the opportunity to explore and analyse an extensive array of texts from 1600 to the present day, this course will focus on how the critical appreciation of literary theories and texts can inform and enhance creative practice.

Whilst drawing on the content of the College's highly acclaimed English with Media Studies degree, hailed as one of the most innovative courses of its kind, English with Creative Writing will offer both flexibility and choice. 'Writing Lyrics' considers hymn writing, the Beatles and Rap, for example. 'Writing a Novel' examines a range of genres from Pulitzer Prize winners to mass-market bestsellers. 'Humour & Writing' takes in comics, film scripts and internet sites. 'Writing Fantasy' demonstrates how to build worlds and populate them with heroes and villains who operate within the politics of magic. Short stories, poetry, radio drama, writing for theatre, writing for children, travel writing and writing for the web will all be offered too, enabling students to reach their full creative potential, whatever their background and literary taste.

"This degree course will equip students with an impressive array of transferable skills for the vast range of careers that require expertise in verbal and written communication," explains BA (Hons) English with Media Studies course leader, Nigel Kingcome, who has developed this new course. "Graduates from our English with Media Studies degree enjoy an excellent track record for employability, and this new degree promises to maintain the same high standards," he adds. "We will also encourage students to read and critique each other's work to enable them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become effective, imaginative critics and writers. We are looking for students from all walks of life, from all kinds of backgrounds, with a passion for literature, and look forward to hearing from anyone keen to join us." Applications are being accepted now for October 2005 entry.

For further information, please contact Jilly Easterby, Public Relations Officer at University College Falmouth on 01326 211077 or email: jilly.easterby@falmouth.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the CUC through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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