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Deirdre Kelleghan

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  Deirdre Kelleghan
Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.
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NEW BA Writing and Literature

Writing and Literature - SG249

Duration: 3 Years

This new programme focuses on developing writing skills over the course of three years. The students embark upon a range of writing covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, flash fiction, cultural journalism and other forms of writing.

This is anchored by a detailed study of English Literature, Drama and Film which provides a critical context for their ongoing practice. The programme is delivered through interactive workshops, seminars and field trips.

Visiting lecturers will be practitioners such as novelists, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, bloggers, journalists, editors, agents and publishers. Students will develop a portfolio of writing, will collaborate on creative projects including film and performance and will have a strong foundation in English literature preparing them for creative and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in publishing, public relations, arts management, in film and television, the theatre, marketing, cultural tourism and event promotion, journalism, speech writing, teaching and facilitation. They can work as writers and will possess transferable skills enabling a wide range of opportunities in communications roles.

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