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  • Qualification

    MFA - Master of Fine Art

  • Location

    Manchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

COURSE OVERVIEW

At the heart of the Manchester Writing School are our Masters programmes in Creative Writing, available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning.

On our Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme, you will explore and practise techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own full-length book or feature-length script.

MFA students undertake all of the elements of our MA Creative Writing programme (a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units, an elective, and a dissertation), then take an additional unit about the publishing, literary and arts industries and submit a full-length manuscript: a completed novel or short story collection, poetry collection, book for children or young adults, feature-length script for stage, screen or radio, or book of creative non-fiction.

You will be introduced to professionals from the publishing industries, which may include literary agents, publishers, broadcasters and arts practitioners, and the School has strong links with many major arts, educational and cultural organisations. Our MFA model is unparalleled in coaching students through the development and completion of a full-length book under the sustained guidance of distinguished, practising writers and seeing those students achieve success in publishing.

You will specialise in one of the following routes: Novel (including Short Fiction), Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Scriptwriting (for stage, screen or radio) or Creative Non-Fiction.

The MFA is available to complete over two years full-time or three years part-time. This course is available to study on campus (full-time or part-time) or online (part-time only). The main student intake is in September, but it is also possible to begin studying in January.

Applications are also welcome from those already holding an MA in Creative Writing (180 credits) from Manchester Metropolitan or other universities who would like to top-up to an MFA by taking an additional 120 credits (including the Manuscript unit).

CAREER PROSPECTS

Established in 1998, The Manchester Writing School is one of the longest running, largest and most successful literary centres in the UK. More than 95 of the School’s students and graduates have embarked on publishing careers by launching first books, with many more achieving publication in journals and magazines, winning writing awards and prizes, and setting up small presses and anthologies.

We host a vibrant series of city-wide literary events, innovative publishing projects, an international writing competition, ground-breaking outreach activities and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. We also share the same home as the Manchester Poetry Library, the North West’s first public poetry library. All of this means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved and develop your experience in a number of exciting directions.

You’ll be based in Manchester, a city designated as an international UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of its thriving literary scene. Our strong partnerships with many cultural and arts organisations in the city will open up a world of doors for you, including the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Manchester Literature Festival and the Manchester International Festival.

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.

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University information

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • University League Table

    54th

  • Campus address

    Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, Manchester, M15 6BH, England

The university welcomes a diverse international student population of over 3,000 students from more than 130 countries around the world.
Each year a range of welcome events are organised to help new students settle into university, explore the city and prepare for academic studies.
English courses can help to build language confidence and knowledge of UK culture. Students can study at the university's British Council accredited centre.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 53 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 168
    127 75%

    14th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65 65%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%

    17th

    13

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