Writing about the Arts

Level 6 (15 credits)

Writing About the Arts explores how to write critically and compellingly about the arts, broadly conceived. You will learn to write for particular types of publication, including newspapers, magazines, and online platforms. You will explore the pleasures and challenges of specific forms including reviews (of plays, exhibitions or books), feature essays, blogging, and artist profiles in the context of key issues in arts writing, including the ethics of reviewing, the function of criticism and the ways arts writing continues to be transformed by the Internet and social media.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no advance preparation for this module.

You may be asked to purchase theatre tickets totalling no more than £20 for this module. 

Why take
Writing about the Arts

  • You will be introduced to key challenges and pleasures of writing about the arts. We'll consider what kinds of writing, beyond traditional scholarly writing, are possible and the value of such writing.
  • We will also discuss how one becomes a published writer, where one might publish, and our objectives and ambitions as writers.
  • You'll get to think seriously and practically about what careers in the arts are available off stage. 
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester Two
  1. Written Assignment (1,000 words), 30%
  2. Portfolio (3,000 words), 70%
Mode of reassessment Standard