Foundation Year Zero
Students on all of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules introducing them to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills, namely:
- Academic Writing and Study Skills
- Personal and Career Development
- Understanding Arts and Humanities
- Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities
In addition you will be offered two 20 credit optional modules, one to be studied in each semester. The full list of optional modules is as follows and you will be placed onto the modules which most effectively complement your degree pathway choice and, where applicable, your study interests:
- Dangerous Ideas
- Foundation English Language and Communication
- Foundation English Literature
- Foundation Media and Communications
- Analysing British Cinema
- Historical Foundations
- America and the World (subject to validation)
- Music and Performing Arts in Context
- The Languages and Theory of Music
Optional Modules associated with Degree Pathway in Semester 1 (S1) and Semester 2 (S2)
- Foundation English Literature S1
- Dangerous Ideas S2
- Analysing British Cinema S2
Poetry, Drama and Fiction, Non-Fiction and Commercial Writing
In these modules, you will analyse the styles and techniques of some of the most exciting writers of the various disciplines, both classic and contemporary, creative and commercial. The emphasis, however, is always on the development of your own work, drawing on that of others who have gone before you: you’ll learn from their strengths and weaknesses, and discover for yourself how to craft your own work in these fields.
Contemporary English Usage
You’ll take our language to pieces in this module, and then you learn how to put it back together with complete control of its mechanisms and an understanding of the different purposes those mechanics can serve, and their influence on style and vocabulary.
This module will help to build a deep background understanding of the ideas that shape contemporary writing: from social and political movements such as feminism and post-colonialism, to theoretical approaches such as postmodernism. This will help you to develop the critical aspects of your coursework, and enrich your creative writing.
Years 2 and 3
In both Years 2 and 3 you will take a core module in Professional Practice, which will help you to understand the wide range of careers available to you, and will develop your skills in key areas such as editing, marketing and writing in the media.
Final Year Independent Study
This is module compulsory for Single Honours students, and optional for Combined Honours students. It allows you to create a piece of extended writing of your choice – whether it’s the first chapters of a novel, a piece of drama, a collection of short stories or poetry, a digital project, or a critical essay. You will be supported in one-to-one sessions by a tutor chosen for their experience in your area of study.
We continually revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.
Likely optional modules
You will be able to choose from a range of exciting modules in years two and three. We strive to ensure that these are as uptodate as possible, and that they reflect the expertise of our staff; therefore the list below is subject to change.
This module explores a new and burgeoning market for writers. You will learn the tools and techniques for writing fiction in the digital world and study the theory that underpins this practice.
You will explore the techniques and principles of good design, ready to present your work online or in print.
Experiments in Writing
This module looks at ways of writing that confound expectations: alternative histories, fiction that merges poetry and prose, or autobiographies told in verse. The aim is to encourage you to take risks in your writing, and explore the edges of your practice.
Place and Space
This module will help you to develop a strong sense of place in your writing, and to explore the Kent landscape through writers such as Dickens and H.G. Wells.
A deep dive into the craft of playwriting, in which you will write your own scripts, learn about the particular demands of the theatre, and analyse excellent dramatic texts to enrich your own writing.
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
For lovers of speculative fiction, this module invites you into an exploration of these genres, supporting you to understand the demands of this market and to polish your own writing in this area.
This module examines the business of writing for film and television, and takes you through the where, when, who, what, why and how of the craft. You’ll invent, draft, edit and revise your work to broadcast quality.
For students who feel ready to tackle a full-length book, this module develops the necessary skills, such as handling plot, structure and character development.
Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage
This employment-focused module explores a key area of employment for Arts graduates – the roles found in our museums, galleries, arts centres and heritage organisations.
Writing for Children and Young Adults
Books for children (fiction, nonfiction, picture books, poetry and drama) are a hugely important and profitable segment of the publishing industry. This module invites you to immerse yourself in the best examples of work for this age group, and to explore the stellar rise of young adult fiction, too.
Writing for the Spoken Word
Writing for the Spoken Word introduces an important market for writers, offering opportunities to write drama, comedy and nonfiction. You will learn how radio programmes are commissioned and produced, and write your own piece of radio drama.
Writing from Life
From biographies of great lives to celebrity memoirs; from literary accounts of the self to oversharing on Twitter – we love to tell and hear life stories. This module looks at some inspiring examples of this form, and helps you to approach writing from your own life, too.
Writing in Education
Many creative writers wish to pursue a career in education, either as a teacher or a workshop leader. This module helps you to develop the skills to plan, manage and evaluate your own classes and courses.