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Writing, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 15 months
The MA Writing Programme provides unique opportunities for postgraduate students to develop high-level writing, research and analytical skills in the setting of one of the world’s most dynamic art schools. Combining workshop models of teaching and learning, and public-facing projects with leading arts organisations, the MA provides the skills required for a successful career in writing, the arts, or a research degree. 


The Programme is committed to a broad definition of arts writing: from journalism to academic art history; theoretical reflection to creative or imaginative work. The practice and discipline of writing are essential to our teaching, as well as engagement with other disciplines and the broad range of arts, design and culture. The MA Programme encourages individual and collaborative writing, with supportive teaching and exposure to key thinkers and writers through our guest speakers and public events. 

The Programme offers: 

  • a chance to develop the intellectual, literary and technical skills to work in a variety of arts contexts 
  • an environment in which to explore both critical and creative writing 
  • opportunities to collaborate with prestigious and innovative arts organisations 
  • a strong grounding for a subsequent research degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Contexts 
  • Writing Workshops 1
  • Writing Workshops 2
  • External Partner project 
  • Project Design and Research
  • Final Major Project 
For more information, please visit programme website.


Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 15 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

At the time of application, all applicants are required to submit a clear statement outlining his or her reasons for applying and expectations for their own development while on the programme. Applicants are encouraged to provide samples of writing. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a short text, usually an exhibition review, prior to interview. This provides material for discussion in the interview as well as evidence of the applicant’s abilities and interests.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34000 GBP per year and a duration of 15 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 15 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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