M.A. Writing: Imaginative Practice

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 6,580 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,960 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This MA offers an exciting, mixed-genre approach to writing, allowing students to hone their writing through critical creative practice. The MA combines the strengths of many programmes (Theatre Studies, Film, Creative Writing, Music Cultures), allowing students fertile ground for experimentation and the possibility to break out of old forms and traditional restrictions.

MA in Writing at UEL
The MA in Writing offers an exciting, mixed-genre approach to writing, allowing students to hone their writing through critical creative practice. This MA combines the strengths of many programmes (Theatre Studies, Film, Creative Writing, Music Cultures) allowing students fertile ground for experimentation and the possibility to break out of old forms and traditional restrictions.

* Full-time or part-time programme, in the evenings, and is taught by a team of renowned writers with international experience.
* Focus on new writing: expand personal frontiers; create hybrid forms.
* Practice as research approach.
* Emphasis on producing work for publication/performance/production that expresses contemporary writing and the cosmopolitan and international flavour of our university.
* Interdisciplinary workshops in drama, music, new media, film, fiction, and new poetic forms.
* Students are encouraged to explore the areas of Realisms, Genre, and Adaptation, leading to preparation for a practice-based dissertation.

Instruction on dissemination of outputs, including an examination of the issues surrounding access to distribution channels, agents, publishing, performance contexts, and alternatives to traditional avenues, including the Internet and the future of publishing.

Contents

The programme runs over three semesters. Semester A and B run for 12 weeks each. Three hour classes will be held in the evenings to accommodate part-time students and those who are employed during the day. There are one to one tutorials throughout the year.

Full-time students:

Semester A: Experience; Genre Semester B: Adaptation; Research Methods in Media Practice Semester C (Summer): Practice-based Dissertation Supervision

Part-time students:

Year 1:
Semester A : Experience

Semester B: Adaptation

Year 2:
Semester A: Genre

Semester B: Research Methods in Media Practice

Semester C (Summer): Practice-based Dissertation Supervision

Learning environment
The core of the programme is the development of students writing through workshops, small seminars and tutorials, and supervision towards a practice-based dissertation. Students also take core modules in realism, adaptation, genre, and research methods. Each module is divided into a writing segment where students present and discuss their writing, and a critical segment in which essential works are given close textural readings, and elements of craft are explored through exercises and presentation. As a result, students engage in both writing and literature -- the creative and critical aspects of the MA

Assessment
Assessment is done informally on an on-going basis during workshops, and formally in module outputs and the dissertation. In general, principles of assessment include the following:

* Emphasis on self-editing -- evidence of several levels of revision
* Demonstration of engagement with research, observation, structuring, development of voice and refinement of style.
* Critical analysis should contextualise student's work within the genre as well as in relation to contemporary authors and published work, including theory
* Evidence of collaboration or interaction in research or development of dissertation project with supervisor and other sources of feedback, including students/sectors in the school (performance art, media, journalism, music)
* Evidence of use forms and structures in different contexts
* Critical Reading and analysis of published work
* Self-reflective critique: evaluation should discuss formative elements over the course of the degree.

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