St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

St Mary's Media Arts programme offers a level of support, and personal tuition that is unparalleled across the sector. If you study here, your lecturer will know your name and your respective strengths. Lecturers will therefore be able to help you build upon those strengths and address your areas of weakness in order to build a comprehensive portfolio of skills and work. At St Mary's University you can acquire a range of media design and production skills, as well as engage in some of the most significant debates about the media today. With excellent technical resources, lecturers with professional media experience and London's creative industries on our doorstep, we have many graduate success stories to tell. There is no snobbery in the teaching of creative writing at St Mary's. Our job is simply to make you the best writer you can be. We are open to all kinds of writers with a wide array of interests, from science fiction to screenplays and from rap to romance. You tell us what you want to write and we will help you to write it as well as you can. There is only one way to write, and that is to write. Perhaps that sounds like circular reasoning, but it's the fundamental truth about the craft. In the Creative and Professional Writing programme we want you to write. A lot. Because if you love writing, and we assume you must, then you just have to sit down and get to it.

Course Modules

Media Arts Level 1: Introduction to film and television; media, culture, and society; media and popular culture in Ireland; introduction to journalism; media, sport and culture. Level 2: In the second year, students have more choice and can 'build' their own portfolio of courses to suit their interests and career ambitions; we offer practical media courses that focus on developing their creative production skills and a number of other pathways in film and television, media technologies, popular culture and journalism; most students take at least two of the following practical modules: tv studio practice; radio production; video production; website design; the image and visual culture; media thinkers; researching the media; work experience; crime and the media; music, technology and the media; gender and sexuality on film; documentary film; motion graphics; representing race, culture and difference; magazine production. Level 3: In the final year, students can specialise in practical production work and undertake their own research project; modules available include: advanced video production; advanced radio production; advanced tv production; advanced web production; advanced digital imaging; online journalism; sports journalism; media research project; media, technology and citizenship; world cinema; telling the troubles (media representations of the conflict in northern Ireland); screen issues; media, war and conflict. Professional and Creative Writing. Level 1: A foundation module in writing skills helps assess candidates strengths and weaknesses, looks carefully at the English language, and prepares students for all kinds of writing; reading across literary forms will work on students capacity to read novels, short stories and other texts effectively and critically; writing short fiction will give you a thorough grounding in the construction of short stories; an introduction to print journalism looks at the nature of journalism and its place in our culture. Level 2: Students are able to choose to study in the following areas: writing lyrics and poetry; writing for business purposes; writing genre fiction; the publishing industry; writing for film and television; writing in collaboration; journalism 2. Level 3: Students are able to choose to study in the following areas: special study / portfolio; journalism 3; writing poetry; writing children's fiction; screen writing; writing reviews and criticism.

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

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2