University of St Andrews

Masters of Fine Art degree

University of St Andrews
In St Andrews

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Typology Master
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration Flexible
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  • Master
  • St andrews (Scotland)
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Description

The School offers two Master of Fine Arts degrees: one in Creative Writing and one in Playwriting & Screenwriting.

Both Masters of Fine Arts degrees are two-year postgraduate degrees, and consist of two distinct phases of study. MFA Year 1 is taught through technical seminars, workshops and individual tuition; MFA Year 2 consists of two semesters of postgraduate supervision, at the end of which students will submit a substantial piece of creative work. In addition, there are two ‘career skills’ modules – in MFA Year 1, ‘Research Skills for Creative Writers’; in MFA Year 2, ‘Practical Pedagogy for Creative Writers’.

The Creative Writing degree has two separate streams: Poetry and Prose, and prospective students should apply for one stream only. For their final submission, students on the prose track will submit a thesis (of ‘publishable quality’) of around 40,000 words; for poetry, a thesis of c. 40 pp. of verse.

Students taking the MFA in Playwriting & Screenwriting will submit a thesis of approximately 90 minutes performance time.

In MFA Year 2 there will be the opportunity to be involved in the practical business of publishing an on-line magazine.

MLitt students will, on the successful completion of an upgrade procedure, have the option to transfer into the MFA programme, where their MLitt year will count as MFA Year 1. Students who already hold a Masters level degree in Creative Writing may apply directly into Year 2 of the MFA. Please mark this clearly on your research proposal document.

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St Andrews
University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ, Fife, Scotland
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St Andrews
University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ, Fife, Scotland
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To take into account

· Who is it intended for?

The benefits of postgraduate study at St Andrews stretch far beyond graduation. As well as joining a long line of notable alumni and academics, postgraduate students are supported in their next steps by both the Careers Centre and the University alumni relations team.

· Requirements

MFA Year 1 entrants – Normally a good honours level undergraduate degree or equivalent MFA Year 2 entrants – Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a Masters degree in Creative Writing at distinction level grade.

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What I would highlight: The university is located in an incredibly beautiful town which offers the best environment to study and the pubs here are amazing.
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What you'll learn on the course

Creative Writing
Screenwriting
Art
Writing
Poetry
Prose
Education
Tertiary
Qualification
Andrews

Course programme

An MFA is a higher credential than the MLitt, and is the internationally recognized standard for teachers of Creative Writing in secondary and tertiary higher education; most consider the MFA the qualification required to teach creative writing in North America and Europe.

St Andrews is one of the first universities in the UK to confer an MFA degree. Within the programme, students will be able to focus on producing a substantial piece of creative work under the supervision of a world-class writing faculty, and on preparing themselves as teachers of writing in a variety of instructional contexts. Since our MFA Year 1 students complete the same taught classes as our MLitt students, there is a far stronger emphasis placed on contact time than in other universities.


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