Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree allows you to explore critical perspectives in literature and media alongside each other while developing your skills in creative writing (script and short story) and editing. The degree will stimulate and develop your critical faculties and at the same time help you improve as a creative writer (film, tv, radio, print and new media). You'll be taught be leading scholars and researchers in Media and Communications studies and English and Comparative Literature. You'll take creative writing modules (one per year) that are taught by working screenwriters, fiction writers, radio dramatists and editors. You'll have the opportunity to follow thematic and research interests that bear on your own original writing. You'll develop script and prose editorial skills, and will produce a portfolio of creative writing project work. Both departments regularly host talks, debates and readings in which major international researchers, writers and critics present and talk about their work; they have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha, Noel Clark, Doris Lessing, Seamus Heaney, Alan Bennett, Will Self and Germaine Greer.

Course Modules

Year 1, Media and communications (compulsory); key debates in media studies; film and the audiovisual. English and comparative literature (compulsory); approaches to text; the short story. Creative Writing (Script and Short Story) (compulsory); introductory level. Year 2: Media and communications (compulsory); communications, psychology and experience; culture, society and the individual; English and comparative literature (chosen from an approved list); creative writing (script and short story) (compulsory); intermediate level. Year 3: Media and communications (chosen from an approved list). Students take courses from an approved list of 3rd year course units available annually from the Department of Media and Communications. Examples of previous media options include: political economy of the mass media; structure of contemporary political communications; media audiences and media geographies; media ethnicity and nation; music as communication and creative practice; contemporary cultural practice; explorations in world cinema; screen cultures; embodiment and experience; cinema and society; after new media. English and comparative literature (chosen from an approved list). Creative writing (script and short story) (compulsory). Advanced level.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Higher ABBBC-ABBBB
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB-ABC
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Award

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83% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 80%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 91%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 80%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 90
Studying 5
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 0

15% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 4%

Total Coursework: 96%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation