Why study this course?
Do you want to earn a living from your love of writing? London Met’s Creative, Digital and Professional Writing MA will help you develop your creative writing abilities and train you in the multimedia and digital skills required by professional writers working in the creative industries. You’ll be taught by award-winning professionals with the skills, contacts and industry profiles to help you develop your own distinctive and individual writing voice that will be attractive to employers.
More about this course
On our Creative, Digital and Professional Writing MA, you’ll develop an advanced variety of writing skills suitable for a wide range of professional settings and literary modes.
We’ll help you develop your own creative ideas so you can thrive in creative roles such fiction and nonfiction writer or editor. It will also open up career opportunities in industries including media, journalism, film, publishing, e-books, marketing and communications.
Making use of the University’s £100,000 newsroom and with the support of our award-winning staff and guest lecturers from the world of digital writing and editing, you’ll develop an understanding of the demands and opportunities of a professional writing career.
You’ll also benefit from field trips that will fire your imagination, as well as work placements in some of the prestigious media organisations based in London. Our students have gained work experience at Harper Collins, The Sunday Times, Harper’s Bazaar UK, BBC, leading health magazines and websites and many more.
This flourishing course is part of our internationally recognised School of Art, Architecture and Design, a thriving hub of the creative arts; you will have access to the rich array of exhibitions, talks, installations, lectures and performances that take place regularly in the School. We’re based in central London and students are encouraged and helped to make full use of the city’s remarkable range of cultural and artistic events and programmes. Our students come to us from around the world, as well as the UK – we currently have students from the USA, India, Ireland, Italy and South Africa; this diversity creates a rich creative mix.
What makes the course unique is its equal emphasis on creative work and professional employability. Independent external reviewers have judged our Creative, Digital and Professional Writing MA „innovative and versatile”, praising its „exciting and varied content” and calling its focus on professional skills „up-to-date and outstanding”. The quality of personal feedback that students receive has also been singled out. The work of our Creative, Digital and Professional Writing students will be showcased in a new magazine devoted to their creative fiction and nonfiction being published in 2020. They will also participate in the University’s new Centre for Research into Life Writing and Oral History (CLiOH), which launched in March 2020.
You’ll be assessed through assignments, coursework, media artefacts and portfolios made up of original written, visual and audio work. We encourage you to work to professional standards and produce polished portfolios that you can submit to editors and other media organisations.
Where this course can take you
This master’s course will give you the skills needed to help you forge a career in the media and creative industries. Almost every commercial and public company now requires a communications manager, and as a graduate of this course you’ll be equipped with the specialist skills this role demands. More diverse roles will also be open to you, including creative writer (fiction and creative nonfiction), journalist, editor, publisher, arts manager, web designer, software designer, arts curator and consultant and events manager professions.
Sectors you could work in include the arts, creative, cultural, publishing, public relations, music, media and marketing industries. Our students have gone on to find success as writers, editors and digital innovators around the world. One ex-student, now teaching part-time on the course, is helping pioneer the use of virtual reality in journalism.