What is special about this course?
The innovative BA (Hons) Creative Writing in the Highlands and Islands is designed to give you a solid grounding in the creative principles, in both form and structure of four of the main areas of creative writing: poetry, prose, playwriting and the screenplay. You will be encouraged to explore how these can inform and support other areas of professional writing in gaming, advertising, marketing, vlogs etc.
You will have the opportunity to present your work using traditional methods as well as using new technologies and publishing platforms. The course aims to place creative disciplines within the cultural, social, political, geographical and historical context of Scotland, and to show how they make the area culturally unique but connect it to the literature, cultural traditions and histories of its geographical neighbours.
You will be encouraged to pursue your individual creativity, along with both the necessary intellectual stimulation and understanding of the professionalism required to be a successful writer in your chosen field.
The degree capitalises on the popularity of books and series set in Scotland and beyond, and will encourage you to realise the potential opportunity these existing and developing markets represent for your work.
- Residential experiences
- Lecturing staff from a variety of creative and professional backgrounds
- Links with local communities
- Blend of creative, critical and practical project-based learning
- Work towards publishing your own work
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- 3 Highers at grade BCC or above OR
- 2 A levels at grade BC
- You must have Higher or A level English at grade B or above
- You will also be required to submit a portfolio of examples of creative writing (up to 3,000 words)
- You will also be required to attend an interview (international students may be interviewed by Skype)
Year 1 - CertHE
Modules may include:
- Introduction to creative writing skills
- Writing for film: introduction to screenplay
- Reading as a writer
- Lyrical poetry in the modern world
- Creative project: journal
- Creative project: portfolio
Year 2 - DipHE
Modules may include:
- Writing for children and young people
- Writing for film: writing a screenplay
- Developing creative writing skills
- Introduction to publishing
- Critical and contextual studies
- Creative project: folio
- Creative project: peer assessment
Year 3 - BA
Modules may include:
- Scottish writing
- Orkney and Shetland literature
- Writing for performance
- Writing experience placement
- Authors and audiences
- Creative folio: researching your writing
- Creative folio: writing what you know
- Creative non-fiction
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
Modules may include:
- Crime pays
- Publishing practice
- Writing in the market place
- Social media skills
- Publication project
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (Structured)
- Part-time (Unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and/or video conference seminars, residentials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
- Residentials will take place twice each academic year. Student are required to self-fund any travel to the residentials and cover accommodation and subsistence costs
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£11,100||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,550||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,850||£1,940|
**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this degree, you might like to consider careers in:
- Creative writing
- Marketing, advertising, media
- Website development
Can I progress into further study?
You may progress from BA (Hons) Creative Writing in the Highlands and Islands to the following postgraduate courses at the university:
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