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Creative Writing degrees abroad

Creative writing programs cover a wide range of writing practices for different mediums. From novels to TV scripts, studying creative writing will introduce you to the methods of writing you need for a given creative project. You will learn techniques such as using rhetoric to get a specific response from a reader.

On a creative writing program you may also be taught how to approach specific topics such as race and culture, while looking at successful examples of creative writing that surround the subject.

A creative writing degree would be suitable for international students who have a passion for writing and want to hone their abilities to produce their own works of fiction or improve their writing ability in English.

Creative Writing program structure

The modules included within a creative writing program will vary depending on the university you choose to study at, and the level of degree. Many creative writing modules are available to students who are doing a degree that's closely associated such as English literature, linguistics, media, and performing arts. In the US you may be able to major in creative writing as part of a liberal arts program.

Some creative writing modules may require a portfolio of work to be created as a main assessment. This may count towards a large number of your credits for the year, or replace a longer essay such as a dissertation. For a creative writing master’s or PhD, a significant portion of your work could be producing your portfolio.

Some universities may be able to offer creative writing students work experience, or talks from successful writers and authors. You’ll also be able to collaborate with your classmates on extra curricular projects.

Some of the likely branches of creative writing studied in modules across a degree may include:

  • Playwriting
  • Radio drama
  • Poetry
  • Novels
  • Short stories
  • The personal essay
  • New media

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Creative Writing study abroad programs

Creative writing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in creative writing

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    Creative Writing and Media Communications - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,315 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    January
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    English and Creative Writing - BA (Hons) (with foundation) Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,923 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing - BA University of New Brunswick, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,615 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,357 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing - BA Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,915 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,770 NZD

    Start date
    November, February, July
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    Creative Writing - BA Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,855 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,092 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Associate in creative writing

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    Creative Writing - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,541 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Creative Writing - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Creative Writing - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,083 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Diploma in creative writing

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    Creative writing - Dip (Arts) Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,855 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,092 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Creative Writing - Dip (Arts) Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,308 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

    Start date
    November, February, July
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Certificate in creative writing

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    Creative Writing - Cert Full Sail University, USA
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    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 USD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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    Creative Writing (Transfer Pathway) - Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,519 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Creative Writing: Poetry - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,949 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in creative writing

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    English with Creative Writing (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,530 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Creative writing graduate programs

Master's in creative writing

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    Creative Writing - MA Teesside University, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,123 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing - MA Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,697 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,670 NZD

    Start date
    December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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    Creative Writing - MA University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,990 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,510 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing - MCW Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,072 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,050 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Creative Writing - MA University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in creative writing

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    Creative Writing - PhD Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,042 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,045 GBP

    Start date
    January, February
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Future creative writing careers

Many creative writing students will want to go into a career where they can use their English skills to work on projects. Some roles where creative language skills would be useful include:

  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Social media specialist
  • Creative specialist
  • Advertising specialist
  • PR specialist
  • Script writer

There is also the opportunity to create your own projects such as writing a novel, or creating and pitching a TV / radio series.

Building a connection with other creative writing students or university contacts may prove useful to get feedback on your work or extra curricular writing projects. In the future these people may be able to introduce you to connections that need a writer.