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MA Creative Writing

Delight in the power of an unforgettable phrase and the satisfaction of creating stories that come alive, from page to stage and screen.

Delight in the revelatory power of an unforgettable phrase, the delicious slipperiness of language, the myriad satisfactions of story, and the adaptability of narratives that migrate from page to stage and screens large or small. As a postgraduate student of Creative Writing at LASALLE, you will study alongside a rich community of visual artists, filmmakers, designers, dancers, photographers, actors and other arts professionals in a programme validated by celebrated arts university, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Elsewhere, Creative Writing students and faculty are isolated from other campus artist-researchers or overshadowed by science and business programmes. At LASALLE's vibrant, downtown campus our MA Creative Writing students work in a creative milieu devoted exclusively to artists and art professionals.

The MA Creative Writing Programme is available in two modes: full-time for three semesters over one-and-a-half years or part-time for six semesters over three years. Writing students gain both breadth and depth through workshops devoted to all the major genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama) followed by a creative thesis project written in the genre of their choice. This sustained study of writing, editing and publishing also provides students a critical, theoretical and historical framework for the analysis of literature, art, communication and arts pedagogy.

Intensive graduate writing workshops and dialogue with visiting writers improves writing, reading and editing abilities while also providing meta-lessons in perception, creative problemsolving, social-emotional intelligence, communicative precision, interpersonal diplomacy, community, empathy, and, yes, human nature. Timeless philosophical questions about identity, knowledge, individuality, work, community, family, nationality, love, ethics and meaning, etc., arise and evolve through sustained, informed and self- aware writing in addition to consultations with our published writing faculty, workshop peers, guest writers and industry professionals. LASALLE offers all its students a steady parade of visiting artists and art professionals devoted to aesthetic perfection, informed creativity and passionate enquiry.

We prepare the writers, editors, publishers, cultural curators and writing teachers of tomorrow within and beyond dynamic, energetic Singapore. With its international partnership with Goldsmiths, its rich history of arts education and exciting new MA Programmes Arts Pedagogy and Practice, Art Therapy, Asian Art Histories and Arts and Cultural Leadership, LASALLE is proud to provide the first taught MA Creative Writing in Singapore while also aligning Singapore and Southeast Asia to the world's exponentially growing market for literary production, publishing and pedagogy.

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Course Details

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Duration

Full-Time: 1.5 Years
(3 Semesters)
Part-Time: 3 Years
(6 Semesters)

Mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Modules

This full-time programme spans three consecutive semesters within a 1.5-year duration. Semesters 1 and 2 each have two 30-credit modules. In Semester 2, a 30-credit elective module option is made available to you with a choice to take the module offered by your respective programme or, in consultation with your Programme Leader, select a module offered by another MA programme. The 60-credit module in the final (3rd) semester will support you to develop a final writing project or portfolio complemented by an extended critical essay.

Semester 1

Research Methods in Creative Arts (30 CP)
Story (30 CP)

Research Methods in Creative Arts
This module introduces you to arts research through a thorough study of research methods and analytical techniques informing artistic and critical practices at the MA level. Research operates within a critical context and this module aims to prepare you to confidently articulate your practice, formulate your own critical arguments, and formulate methods to investigate and probe issues. Creative Writing students will also devote at least the second half of this module to writing creative non-fiction.

Story
This module informs and interconnects with all other modules on the Masters programme, focusing on the nature of stories and storytelling, which is a fundamental element of all forms and genres of Creative Writing, including non-fiction. You will examine the origins, histories and theories of story, the art of storytelling and the imaginative creation of fiction, with particular reference to narrative prose fiction. You will also consider some of the complex relationships that underlie storytelling, including between writer and reader, and text and subtext. The close examination of case study texts develops in students a comprehensive understanding of how different story elements and structures have been employed across different cultures and historical periods, including examples of cutting-edge contemporary works.

Semester 2

Dramatic Writing (30 CP)
Language, Poetics and the Writer's Craft (30 CP)

Dramatic Writing
This module enables you to examine and analyse the fundamental elements and techniques applied in writing drama, including plays for theatre and screenplays for film and television, and to consider how these principles can also be used effectively across all other forms of Creative Writing. A sophisticated understanding of dramatic forms, structures and techniques allows the novelist or poet, for example, to gain new insights into developing compelling dialogue sequences and dramatic plot progressions.

Language, Poetics and the Writer's Craft
The purpose of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the power of language and how the key concepts and techniques that are the foundations of poetry can be effectively applied to enhance the impact and eloquence of all forms and genres of Creative Writing. You have the opportunity to read, perform, analyse and deconstruct their work in workshops as well as to offer and receive critical feedback with your peers.

Semester 3

Final Research (60 CP)

Final Research
This module focuses on the research, preparation and delivery of either (1) a single extended piece of writing or (2) a portfolio of thematically connected writing. The creative component will demonstrate and apply the detailed and systematic understandings, skills and techniques developed through the programme; and your ability to creatively interrelate and synthesise ideas and techniques across different forms. The creative element of the project is complemented by an extended critical essay, which interrogates the research processes undertaken and analyses pertinent critical, theoretical and contextual issues and debates.

Part-time mode

In the part-time mode, the programme spans six consecutive semesters within a 3-year duration. You are required to complete one 30-credit module each in Semesters 1 to 4. The Final Research 60-credit module will span the last 2 semesters in the final year. Part-time students will begin with the Research Methods in Creative Arts module as this establishes core principles and skills necessary across all MA programmes, while also introducing techniques of research, and enables you to present and write analytically and critically across relevant issues in your field of study. You will undergo academic guidance from your Programme Leader to organise your course of study.

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Postgraduate research

LASALLE has a long tradition of practice-led research in art and design. The College aims to assume a significant role in Singapore for practice-led research in visual, performing and literary arts, and aspires to add the distinctive viewpoint of Singapore to research into artistic practice in the 21st century.

The Research Methods in Creative Arts module is a common module which all students are required to undertake. You will have the opportunity to interact with one another in the first term (7 weeks), to network with peers in other MA programmes and foster a stronger community of research practice that enhances your respective discipline of study as well as within the College.

You will be introduced to relevant professional methods of research and creation which may include profiles of and/or dialogue with creative professionals, critical/theoretical discourse, action research, visual object analysis, textual analysis, case studies, historical and ethnographic research, interviews, life-stories/autobiographies, etc. You will be introduced to research practices such as literature reviews, process-based discovery, bibliographical searches, quantitative & qualitative methods, citations and the construction of research questions

Postgraduate students are constantly exposed to first-hand experience in current practices of research and creation, leading to the acquiring powerful knowledge and of a wide set of skills by the time you graduate. You will have opportunities to develop expertise in accordance with your research interests.

Programme highlights

The programme explores in detail theoretical understandings, practical approaches and professional techniques applied in creative writing across multiple forms and genres; you develop and apply these through your own creative exercises and projects. Your writing is shared, discussed and critiqued by both tutors and peers in regular group workshops. Workshops are an important element of the programme, providing continuing constructive feedback, practical editing experience and ideas for further development and enhancement.

Alongside coursework, you will engage with established and emerging writers (from the region and the world) through seminars and workshops; and where possible, attend and participate in various writers' festivals and literary events in Singapore and the region; in 2017, MA candidates were invited festival authors at the George Town Literary Festival in Penang.

The programme takes a multicultural approach, examining Eastern and Western approaches, practices and traditions. Singaporean and Southeast Asian writing practitioners and industry professionals are invited to host seminars and workshops, to discuss their own work and the work of others that have influenced them.

You will develop a comprehensive and practical understanding of how different modes of research and enquiry are used both to create and develop works of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry, and to interpret, illuminate and 'deconstruct' them. You will examine how major developments within literary and philosophical theory such as structuralism, poststructuralism and postcolonial studies have not only shifted understandings and interpretations of texts, but have also impacted on how writers approach their craft, and how writing is itself perceived.

LASALLEs pedagogical philosophy contends that there is no artificial separation between 'theory' and 'practice' - both are imbricated together and inform one another. The teaching and learning methods highlight a continuous interplay and interrelationship between practical explorations, critical enquiry and theoretical reflection.

As a student in the MA Creative Writing Programme, you will be encouraged to reflect on your writing practice and theory both individually and as part of formal and informal writing workshops. You are expected to be self-motivated, to engage in independent research, as well as to develop the ability to evaluate your own work and to expand your awareness of the critical developments in Creative Writing and contemporary arts. You will be exposed to good professional practices in order to increase your potential success and potential as a creative writer.

Graduate career paths

 

Publishing (in all forms); Novel, Short Story and Poetry Writing; Theatre Playwriting and Dramaturgy; Screenwriting and Filmmaking; Journalism (Both Print and Broadcast); Arts Criticism; Digital Games; Writing for Industry and Business; Copywriting for Advertising and Marketing; Editing; Arts Administration; Business Administration; and Academia.

 

 

Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Media & Creative Industries
Head, School of Creative Industries
Programme Leader, MA Creative Writing
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Admission Information

Important Dates

January 2019 Intake

MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice
MA Arts and Cultural Leadership
MA Asian Art Histories 
MA Creative Writing 
MA Design
MA Fine Arts

  • Application deadline for international students: 12 Nov 2018
  • Application deadline for local students: 30 Nov 2018

August 2019 Intake

MA Art Therapy

  • Applications deadline: 30 Apr 2019
Entry Requirements

ADMISSIONS TESTS/PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

  • A good honours degree or equivalent.
  • A satisfactory score in written and spoken English OR a
  • minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction.
  • A Creative Writing portfolio between 2000 and 3000 words.
  • The portfolio can contain prose fiction, poetry, a script, journalism, or a combination of any of these. The writing will be appraised according to its strength of originality, imagination, fluency, language and style, and your perceived ability to satisfactorily achieve the Master's level award having completed the programme. While it is acknowledged that some students will learn and assimilate creative skills at a faster rate than others, applicants' work will be assessed according to their overall potential as creative writers.
  • Applicants will then have a face-to-face interview, or one conducted by telephone or Skype.
Fees
Components

Tuition Fees (per annum)

POSTGRADUATE DEGREE IN ARTS TUITION FEES 2018/19 INTAKE

Programme Duration Fees Per Semester (S$) Total (S$)
Programme Years Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
MA Art Therapy 2 10,000 10,000 11,000 40,000 40,000 44,000
MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Arts and Cultural Leadership 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Asian Art Histories 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Creative Writing 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Design 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
MA Fine Arts 1.5 10,000 10,000 11,000 30,000 30,000 33,000
All MA Programmes (Part-Time Mode*) 3 5,000 5,000 5,500 30,000 30,000 33,000
Note for Postgraduate Fees:
  • * With the exception of MA Art Therapy – only available in full-time mode.
  • Fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are subject to change. Correct as at 31 October 2017.
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.

Singaporeans / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00
 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

Students as developing artists are required to have certain items that are particular to them and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support students through their three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Lecturers will provide students with affordable suggestions.

Students are encouraged to have their own laptops for their education. For those who are unable to, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for them to undertake their work.

There may be opportunities for students to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance their overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs to students.
 

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Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

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Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme. The coverage includes $20,000 annually for school related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate is $18.20 payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollar. Below are the payment modes acceptable by LASALLE :

Payment Method Payment Mode

Online Payment
Electronic payment at the end of the online application   

  • MasterCard
  • VISA

Walk-in Payment at LASALLE McNally Campus
LASALLE College of the Arts
Finance Counter
Block E, Level 2
1 McNally Street
Singapore 187940

Operating Hours:
9am to 3pm (Mon – Fri)

Closed on public holidays and weekends

  • MasterCard
  • VISA
  • Cheque*
  • Bankdraft*
  • NETS
  • Cash
Mail-in Payment
LASALLE College of the Arts Division of Admissions
1 McNally Street
Singapore 187940
  • Cheque*
  • Bankdraft*

* Cheques and bankdrafts must be made in Singapore Dollars (S$), crossed and made payable to “LASALLE”. Please do not send in post-dated cheques. Kindly write your name, NRIC/passport number, online application number and contact number on the reverse side of your cheque/bankdraft.

Scholarships & Financial Support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students.

Applications for scholarships open from March to May and October to November for new MA students. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty.

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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