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    Hey guys! First post

    I'm in Year 12 now but I'm looking to study Eng Lit & Creative Writing in a couple of years. The university looks brilliant, but I was wondering if anybody has studied this course or another Arts/Humanities subject there, to tell me more than what the website says. Hopefully an open day next year will help me decide if I'd like to apply.

    Do you like the uni? What are the lectures like? What is a typical timetable? What are the assignments like?

    From the course outline on the website it looks like there are a lot of texts to study - and a wide variety at that. Do you get to choose which texts? How independent is your own learning?

    Hope someone can post and let me give me a little insight, or just tell me a little more about the uni in general from an insider point of view.

    Thanks so much!
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    I graduated from this course in 2015.
    With regards to choice of texts, I only had one module where we could choose the texts - there was one book per week, but in three of the weeks you chose one out of a selection of two.
    If you meant by genre, there are loads of modules - the Fantasy and Fandom module in third year is a particular highlight. There is less choice in second year (it was impossible to completely avoid Chaucer) and first year has no choice except for your MOMD (module outside the main discipline).
    The first year of creative writing basically gets you to try all the different types (poetry, prose, script). You then specialise further in second year, and have a creative writing dissertation (60% original writing, 40% essay) in third year.
    I absolutely loved it, feel free to ask me anything further.


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    And the typical timetable is no more than 8 hours of contact time a week, generally starting no earlier than 11am.


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    Thank you so much for replying, congratulations!

    Fantasy & Fandom does sound really interesting. I'm not much of a classical poetry fan (why, Chaucer & Wordsworth?) but writing in script sounds really interesting. Can I ask what exactly we have to do for our MOMD and maybe a couple of examples? Also, how many essays did you typically get set and was there an expected word count? Where did you conduct the majority of your assignments, is there a particular library/study room?

    8 hours, wow! I thought it would be longer but I suppose the rest of the time would be spend writing away, aha. Could I ask what would typically happen during contact time and how big the classes are?

    Thank you so much, that's a massive help!
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    Contact time is about half lectures, half seminars (basically classes). The seminars are pretty big until about third year, when they normally drop to about ten people. Lectures can be huge, as anyone from any of the English courses may be in them.
    There is a chance to find out about different MOMD modules at the beginning of term (most people just do an MOMD in their first year). For example, I did Philosophy, which meant an extra hour long seminar per week, and a 2000 word essay.
    All the English modules generally ask for a 2000 formative (practise) essay halfway through the term, and then a real one (either done by a deadline, or in an exam). In third year, the practises were scrapped. The winter term asked for a 4000 word essay for each of the two modules, while the two doing modules had an exam where you answered two questions, with each answer being approximately 2000 words.
    Creative Writing generally wants a portfolio of completed work, sometimes with 1500 ish of writers' notes.
    I did a poetry dissertation, which meant 300 lines of poetry, and 4000 words on a sort of essay, sort of writers' notes.


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    I completed most of my assignments at home, though I did do revision in the library for the quiet. One of my housemates for second and third year was on the same course, and we often did the same modules and could help each other out.


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    Hi. I'm doing my foundation year at Birmingham University and will continue on to study English Literature and Creative Writing this September. Let me know if you've got any questions about the University or any general queries. 😊
 
 
 
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