MA Creative Writing

MA Creative Writing
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.

Each mode of your learning improves writing, reading, and editing abilities while also providing meta-lessons in perception, creative problem solving, 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 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 in Arts Pedagogy and Practice, Art Therapy, Asian Art Histories, and Arts Management, 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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  • ☼Singapore’s and Southeast Asia’s first taught MA Creative Writing Programme
  • ☼Developed by LASALLE and validated by Goldsmiths, University of London, world-renowned for its creative and innovative approach to research and teaching in the arts
  • ☼Offers both full-time and part-time modes to accommodate working professionals’ schedules
  • ☼Creative Writing is one of the most vibrant growth areas in the Arts and Humanities
  • ☼Be one of several artists at an Institution that specialises in the arts
  • ☼Architecturally renowned downtown campus near three different MRT lines and in the heart of the arts and heritage district
  • ☼Internal and external scholarships available
  • ☼Deepen your creative practice in genres such as Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry and Drama/Screenwriting through intensive graduate writing workshops
  • ☼Specialise in the genre of your choice with the Final Creative Project
Admission Criteria
Building on its established history in postgraduate delivery, LASALLE offers Master of Arts programmes in the widest range of creative disciplines – some of them being the region’s first. PhD programmes are planned to commence in the near future. All MAs are developed and delivered by LASALLE and validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

LASALLE’s Master of Arts courses are Singapore’s first postgraduate degrees in the arts and design that provide a unique balance of theory and practice in an integrated arts environment.

Through practice-based work or dissertation, our programmes will facilitate the further development of your professional

Entry Requirements
Applicants for MA Creative Writing require:
  • ☼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 the applicant’s perceived ability to satisfactorily achieve the Masters 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.
Course Outline
Please visit our website for more information on the Programme structure, module description and credits, teaching methods and assessment
Dates & Fees
Commencement Date: January
Please visit our website for more information on application dates.
Other Information
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. Visit our website for the list of scholarships available for new Postgraduate students.

Bursaries, Grants & Loans
LASALLE is committed to providing a quality education for all our students and to ensuring that no deserving student is denied admissions because of financial difficulty. Needy students can apply for financial support which will be offered if they meet the eligibility criteria. Students can apply online for financial support during the stipulated application period. Visit our website  to see the list of financial support available for new Postgraduate students.

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Contact Details
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Tel: (+65) 6496 5000
Reception: Block E Level 1

Division of Admissions (Programme Advice for Diplomas & Degrees)
To receive more information about our full-time programmes, please fill out this online form or contact LASALLE Programme Advice with your name, contact number and the programme of study that you are interested in.
Tel: (+65) 6496 5111
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LASALLE Overseas Representatives
For a list of LASALLE overseas representatives who can provide programme advice and application services to international students, please download this document:
LASALLE Overseas Representatives