Poetics of Imagination

MA, PGDip, PGCert

Starting September 2020

Poetics of Imagination
MA, PGDip, PGCert

Full time and part time 

Exploring orality, story and culture. Examining how we have conjured stories from the earliest times to the present day. The course is centred around oral telling but opens to a broader spectrum of the arts, examining the work of ancient to contemporary storytellers, writers and artists. From physically tracking folktales across the wilds of Dartmoor to three day tellings of myths that form much of the crucible of modernity, we will explore the reality that when humans imagine, they tend to imagine in story. What is trying to be told right now? ‘The Imagination is not a state, it is the Human Existence itself’ (William Blake).

A full-time (1 year) or part-time programme (2 years) with 4 x 30 credit modules and 1 x 60 credit dissertation or final major project module. The taught (30 credit) modules are six weeks’ long. Teaching at Dartington is concentrated into two-week periods for each of the first four modules, with supported e-learning and independent learning inbetween.

The core of the course is focused on literary study, and the oral tradition in particular. There are opportunities to engage in creative practice (creative writing or another creative practice) alongside and in dialogue with your literary studies. Students have access to bookable studios and workshops at Dartington.

Programme Information

Key Info

  • £8,000 UK and EU, £15,000 International full time
  • £4,500 UK and EU, £8,000 International part time
  • Emphasis on oral literary traditions, narrative field trips and creative practice