- Blogger and vlogger
- Content writer
- Film or TV scriptwriter
- Freelance or published author
- Games writer
- In-house commercial writer
- Literary or creative project manager
- Magazine or book editor
- Marketing communications manager
BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing
The Open University
UK / EEA: £5,580 p/a*
UK / EEA: £9,250 p/a*, International: £15,000 p/a*
Student Loans for UK / EU students, Private Funding
Apply directly to us or through UCAS
3 years or 6 years
Full-time or Part-time
*For courses starting in 2019, the fee for UCAS application is £18 for a single choice or £24 for more than one choice. Please note: the fee should be paid directly to UCAS.
Would you like to earn a living as a writer? Do you dream of being on a TV, Film or Videogames Writing Team? Our Creative and Professional Writing course offers you, the next generation of writers, boundless opportunities for innovation in how your stories are told and enjoyed.
Designed and delivered by industry leaders, our writing degree will help you turn your creative ideas into finished pitches and professional proposals ready for publication. Whether your passion is fiction, script or stories for games and digital media our personal, supportive approach will help you become the writer you want to be.
As a creative and professional writing degree student at LCCM you will be taught by a team of specialist industry-based professionals, for example:
- KT Forster, literary agent and media consultant – former MD of Virgin Books, advising on all aspects of writing, authorship and the book publishing industry;
- Rishi Dastidar, Poet and integrated copywriter and brand strategist,plus client-side experience, working with brands, ads, digital communications, customer journeys, user experience and social media, across a range of platforms and channels including mobile.
- Lucy Ayrton, marketeer and communications expert with a debut novel, One More Chance (Dialogue Books June 2018). Also blogger, spoken word performer at festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Royal Albert Hall and qualified for the BBC National Poetry Slam. Also written and performed three full length poetry shows.
- Rebecca Varley-Winter, Accomplished teacher in many university institutions, also published by Sussex Academic Press in 2018 and has a debut poetry pamphlet forthcoming from V. Press in 2019, titled Heroines (on the Blue Peninsula). Has also published many articles, papers, essays & reviews Has worked at the Natural History Museum, London, and Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Orion Books)
Additionally, there are opportunities for Writing Events or Masterclasses from experts in their field:
- David Varela, expert in stories for games, theatre, radio, TV and VR;
- Oliver Gilbert, writer, music journalist, and cultural media and creative industries writing tutor;
- Jenny Parrott, news journalist and crime reporter, before becoming a publisher, commissioning editor and author, Jenny has also lectured in creative writing and been a speaker at many literary festivals;
- Jane Gregory, literary agent and an industry leader in women’s crime fiction, founder of the Orange Prize for Women’s Fiction;
- Matt Allen, author – leading UK and bestselling ghostwriter, specialising in sports and non fiction genres;
- Jaime Marshall, academic publisher and ex CEO of Palgrave Macmillan, a leading international academic publisher;
- Andrew S. Walsh, award winning games writer who has been a writer, designer, director and story consultant;
- Nigel Dobbyn, illustrator and comic strip producer with experience in digital design
What you can do
Why choose us
- Personal, friendly environment
- Course you can customise
- Industry-leading professional tutors
- One to one tutor support
- Small class sizes
- Study in the heart of creative London
- Superb facilities and resources
- Unique opportunities to collaborate with software and music students to develop cutting edge digital projects, games, and cross platform interactive narratives
- Lifelong friends and professional contacts
As a writing student at LCCM you will benefit from exciting opportunities both within the programme structure and beyond – including guest lectures from leading exponents in the field, along with masterclass events.
Unique access to work placements and relevant professional networks linking student practice to the profession.
Minimum age: 18+
UCAS Tariff 120 points
Minimum of two full Level 3 qualifications to be considered (e.g. A Level, BTEC Diploma), one of which must be English Literature or English Language.
*N.B. An Access to Higher Education course, or a BTEC Extended Diploma can be considered as equivalent to two full Level 3 qualifications.
GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths or a recognised Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).
A level B B B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM - DMM
In addition to the standard entry criteria for “All Undergraduate Courses”, entry on to the programme will be determined by your “Writing Examples” and interview. All candidates with the minimum entry requirements and whose portfolio demonstrates the capability to complete this programme will be offered an interview.
Direct entry into Years 2 and 3 are available for this course.
These will be subject to an interview with the Programme Leader and an identifiable route of prior study to the correct level.
For direct entry to Year 2, applicants must have at least 120 UCAS credits.
For direct entry to Year 3, applicants must have at least 240 credits.
Please submit some examples of your original writing. We cannot accept more than 2000 words. You may also be required to complete a practical writing skills test as part of your interview.