Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Writing & Literature

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG249
  • Duration 3
  • Points Required 279*
  • NFQ Level 8

Course Summary

This innovative 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 as well as digital media, providing the critical context and the skills required of a writer in the digital age. 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.

“This is a milestone for Sligo and the North West,” - Dr Una Mannion, Programme Chair and recent winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize for poetry.

“We have such a rich cultural and literary legacy in this region. Storytelling is part of who we are, and it is recognised as an invaluable skill, integral to both creative and professional industries. “

The programme will be delivered through interactive workshops, seminars and field trips. Visiting writers – including novelists, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, bloggers, journalists, as well as editors, agents and publishers – will teach and give seminars and talks. Students will build a professional portfolio of writing, collaborate on creative projects including film and performance, and will have a strong foundation in English literature preparing them for a range of professional practices.

“What makes this programme unique is the support and one-to-one feedback students will receive from writing and creative practitioners,” - Tommy Weir teaches digital storytelling and video production on the new programme.

“Not only will they be effective writers, they will have a skill set that readily transfers to other professional disciplines where clear communication and coherent, critical thinking are valued.”

The BA in Writing & Literature will prepare graduates for professional careers in publishing, copyediting, journalism, entertainment, marketing, public relations, communications management, and teaching.

The new programme will also build on and link with the existing creative strands at IT Sligo in areas such as the Performing Arts.

“Our graduates will be collaborators, self-editors and critical thinkers who have had the opportunity to have their work realised on the page and performed on stage and film", - Dr Rhona Trench, Programme Chair of Performing Arts at IT Sligo.

”The Writing & Literature is applied and will be tailored to the writing interests and developing expertise of each student.”

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

A minimum of four grade O6/H7 and two grade H5. English or Irish (at O6/H7). Maths is not required. 

QQI FE: Any Major award with a minimum of 3 Distinctions and a pass in C20139, 5N1833, C20174, C20175 or LCE Maths.

Other School Leaving Certificate examinations: Candidates holding alternative examinations such as A Levels or other international qualifications should contact the admissions office at

Mature students: A number of places are reserved for mature candidates who must be 23 years or over in the year of application. For further information contact the admissions office at

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.

Further Study

Graduates will be eligible to progress to a number of postgraduate degrees in Ireland and abroad including M.A.’s in Creative Writing, Journalism, English Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Publishing. Other potential progression routes might include postgraduate work in Community Arts, Literary Tourism and the Professional Masters in Education.