Masters Programs in Composition Studies

Compare 10 Masters Programs in Composition Studies

After earning a bachelor’s degree, one may pursue a master’s degree for further study and examination into a field of study or professional interest. It is the first level of graduate scholarly undertaking before reaching the doctorate level and works as either a step towards an academic career or provides training for a career.

What is a Master in Composition Studies? This degree focuses on learning the craft of creative writing and providing practice as well as instruction on techniques in various writing styles and forms. Some courses may include fiction writing, screenwriting, how to teach creative writing in schools, arts administration, poetry, writing workshop, and literature. There may be heavy focus on creating your written work, whether it’s a book of fiction or poetry, which serves as your final project or equivalent of a master’s thesis.

The main benefits for students completing a Master in Composition Studies program is improving their writing and to complete major written work that is publishable. Besides sharpening writing skills, critical thinking and collaboration skills are further developed, allowing scholars to handle problems and work with others on various projects.

Program costs vary and commonly depend on the length of the program, its location, and the country in which it is based. Most degree options run between one to three years but allow either full- or part-time attendance.

Holders of master’s degrees in composition studies generally pursue careers as creative writers, but may also work as feature writers, journalists, scriptwriters for radio or television, travel writers, nonfiction writers, or in other occupations where writing is the primary job requirement. They may also become creative writing teachers in high school and university levels, or pursue further graduate studies at the doctorate level.

Master in Composition Studies programs can be found in many universities scattered across the globe. There are both campus-based and online educational programs so you can research and choose the one that best suits your needs. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing

American College Dublin
Campus Full time 2 semesters September 2019 Ireland Dublin

Based in the childhood home of Oscar Wilde at 1 Merrion Square and delivered in association with the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing offers aspiring or published writers a one-year course of study which examines the process and practice of producing prose fiction. [+]

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing

Based in the childhood home of Oscar Wilde at 1 Merrion Square and delivered in association with the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing offers aspiring or published writers a one-year course of study which examines the process and practice of producing prose fiction. The work of the last two years’ classes has included pieces that were shortlisted for the Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition, twice longlisted for the Fish Short Story Competition, and two students who were selected as finalists in the IWC Novel Fair. Within a critical workshop and mentoring format, students are provided with tuition and advice in completing either a novel or a short story collection. Consideration is given to the intellectual, psychological, economic and cultural influences that underpin and drive the creative writing process. The course also emphasizes the business and professional environment of writing, with seminars presented by agents and publishers and master classes by established writers. The programme provides the student both with expert guidance in producing a substantial written work of publishable standard and with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical requirements of successful participation in the activity of writing, whether as a professional career or as part of a lifelong personal commitment to creative endeavour.... [-]


Master in Literary Creation

VIU - Universidad Internacional de Valencia
Online 1 year October 2019 Spain Valencia

To the scarce academic offer that is detected in the field of creation, is added the absence of ambitious curricula that address the trade of writing from an eminently practical and interdisciplinary approach. [+]

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To the scarce academic offer that is detected in the field of creation, is added the absence of ambitious curricula that address the trade of writing from an eminently practical and interdisciplinary approach.

Definition of the program

The main objective of this degree is to offer an advanced training in the writing profession that is oriented to the professional specialization and the insertion in the editorial circuits of the students. The model of e-face-to-face teaching, characteristic of the VIU practice, is part of this.

What makes this master unique?Interdisciplinary and integral approach where literary creation, textual edition and illustration are connected.Attend to the study of the editorial reality from a strategic and commercial point of view.Three mentions: Literary fiction, Literary nonfiction and mixed genres and Narrative children and youth.Cloister composed of writers awarded with first class literary awards on an international scale.The TFM valued with the highest grades can be awarded with a professional reading report by the team of publishers of Grupo Planeta.Closing ceremony with a literary evening held in Madrid at the end of the Master, where students whose work has achieved the highest marks will be able to participate.Professional outings... [-]

Master of Arts in Creative Writing

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 years January 2019 Australia Sydney + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Creative Writing is designed for experienced writers who want to further develop their theoretical knowledge and skills. Students learn valuable skills and work towards developing a major project under the guidance of an academic faculty member with expertise in creative writing. [+]

Students study one genre in depth or explore a range of genres and media.

Graduates of this course develop: general and specific skills in writing across a range of genres an ability to develop and critically revise their own work an understanding of the relationships of writing practice and publication across a range of media and contemporary cultural forms a critical knowledge of cultural and aesthetic debates, and an ability to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments in cultural industries.

Career options include advertising, computing, creative writing, freelance writing and editing, journalism, media research, publishing or scriptwriting, and editing in community organisations or government departments.... [-]


International Master's Degree in Creative Writing and Narrative (Diploma certified by a European Notary)

ESNECA
Campus Part time 300 hours Open Enrollment Spain Spain Online

When writing any writer has been deepening in the search for a narrative voice itself that is reflected in his writing. Through this pack of didactic materials the students will be able to make a journey through the principles of the narration and the use of the general writing rules that facilitate the development of literary creativity elaborating literary texts endowed with imagination and creativity using as tools the different stylistic resources and rhetorical figures. [+]

Recipients

When writing any writer has been deepening in the search for a narrative voice itself that is reflected in his writing. Through this pack of didactic materials the students will be able to make a journey through the principles of the narration and the use of the general writing rules that facilitate the development of literary creativity elaborating literary texts endowed with imagination and creativity using as tools the different stylistic resources and rhetorical figures.

Modality

The modality of the Master's degree is On-Line and Tutoring

Once enrolled, the student will receive the access codes in less than 24 working hours.Our team of teachers and tutors will contact the student within a maximum of 48 hours after enrollment to guide the student, accompany him / her at the beginning and throughout the course, and answer any questions or questions that may arise.Duration... [-]

Master in Advertising - Copywriting

Accademia di Comunicazione
Campus Full time 7 months October 2019 Italy Milan

The Master in Copywriting is one of those financed by the Call of the Puglia Region "Pass Graduates". The style of advertising writing in the last few years has changed a lot and on this change have particularly affected those that have been defined as new media. [+]

The Master in Copywriting is one of those financed by the Call of the Puglia Region "Pass Graduates".

The style of advertising writing in the last few years has changed a lot and on this change have particularly affected those that have been defined as new media.

The word is in fact sensitive to every fashion and change: social, political, environmental, economic, technological, etc.

The advent of digital has brought with it a real revolution that has transversely involved the way we live and think, bringing with it the need for a transformation of the DNA of the whole society.

New forms of communication have emerged and are emerging, which increasingly need to be integrated with traditional ones, turning advertising campaigns into multimedia campaigns.... [-]


Master in Creative Writing (MLitt)

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months September 2019 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

On this Masters course, you’ll learn to produce fine, nuanced writing and a body of work in either poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. [+]

Overview

On this Masters course, you’ll learn to produce fine, nuanced writing and a body of work in either poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. We combine intensive writers’ workshops, technique-focused classes and one-to-one tuition by distinguished writers, along with fascinating and useful visits from authors, agents and publishers to help you on your creative journey.

The course is designed to develop your writing talent. It allows you to intensively focus on a project while engaging with a range of genres and working practices that draw upon our rich expertise in contemporary literature, publishing, film, media and journalism. You’ll also develop skills in listening, editing and peer feedback.... [-]


Master of Narrative

Escuela de Escritores
Campus Full time Part time 2 years October 2019 Spain Madrid + 1 more

The Master of Narrative 'The art and the trade' is the first study program created in Spain to train writers. Two years (560 teaching hours and 300 writing of the project) to know and practice the art and craft of writing with the best teachers and share the experience that writers, editors, dramatists and experts in philosophy, literature, aesthetics, psychology and creativity. Our Curriculum, endorsed by the European Association of Creative Writing Programs, will help you develop the three basic qualities of the artist: technique, sensitivity and creativity. In the last ten years, 120 Spanish-speaking students have passed through our classrooms and many of them have started their literary career with the works written in this program. [+]

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The Master of Narrative The art and the trade unite - through the experience of Escuela de Escritores - the tradition of the creative writing chairs of the Anglo-Saxon universities with the didactic focuses of the European member schools and universities, like us, of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs (EACWP) . The objective of the master's degree is to teach the craft of writing and to work on the three pillars that make this craft an art : technique, creativity and sensitivity.

Since its creation in October 2008, more than 120 students have participated in this pioneering teaching project in Spain.... [-]


Online Masters Degree in Writing for Script & Screen

Flexible Learning with Falmouth University
Online Full time 2 years February 2019 United Kingdom Saint Ives

This course is designed to equip you with the writing skills, industry know-how, professional skills and experience of collaborative working that the ever-changing industry demands. It aims to create graduates that stand out from the crowd, and who understand how to function within a professional environment across different screen industries. [+]

An online course with optional face-to-face workshops.

Early bird discount up to £1,000.

Overview

The course is designed to equip you with the writing and professional skills, industry know-how and experience of collaborative working, to meet the demands of a constantly evolving industry. It aims to create quick-thinking and adaptable graduates who stand out from the crowd and understand what it takes to work across different screen industries.

Flexible in nature, the course allows you to either develop your portfolio across different platforms or focus on the genres and mediums of interest to you. The course is delivered using a combination of live briefs, independent research and collaborative projects.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Writing

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

The two-and-a-half-year program begins each fall, with courses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. On Tuesdays, workshops in each genre (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) focus on student manuscripts in a peer set of supportive critique. On Thursdays, literature seminars focus on traditions, styles, craft elements and developments, and literary models. [+]

Program Details

The two-and-a-half-year program begins each fall, with courses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. On Tuesdays, workshops in each genre (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) focus on student manuscripts in a peer set of supportive critique. On Thursdays, literature seminars focus on traditions, styles, craft elements and developments, and literary models.

Program of Study

All courses are taken within the MFA program, with classes of three units each, for a total of 33 units during a two-and-a-half-year course of study.

Because cross-fertilization enriches creativity, students are free to take courses outside their primary genre and sample a range of cross-genre literature seminars. Because the depth of understanding is crucial to successful writing, students also take seminars and workshops that focus exclusively on one genre — long fiction, short fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. Students’ work culminates in a creative thesis — a book-length manuscript that is conceived, composed and revised with extensive faculty mentoring. Students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor who provides extensive feedback on their work in a series of scheduled meetings. The thesis may be a novel, a collection of stories, a poetry collection, a collection of creative nonfiction, or a purposeful combination of these genres.... [-]


MFA in Creative Writing

Dominican University of California
Campus September 2019 USA San Rafael

A unique low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, located in the vibrant community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with tracks in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, our program offers an emphasis in Narrative/Poetic Medicine—the only such MFA track in the country. [+]

Overview

Our program at Dominican is the only true low-residency MFA in Creative Writing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rather than offering weekend classes or a build-your-own degree program, Dominican's MFA program offers a traditional MFA with two jam-packed residencies per year in June and January and year-round distance mentorship with our renowned faculty. We're located in the San Francisco Bay Area, which allows our student to build career-defining connections with a vibrant literary community. Dominican students benefit from exclusive on-campus readings and lectures, and exclusive access to events, travel opportunities, partnerships with publishers, and more.

The Low-residency Format ... [-]