Film Industries and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Overview

Pair your love of writing with your interest in film on this BA (Hons) Film Industries and Creative Writing degree course. You’ll hone your writing craft and use it to experience film as a critic and creator.

You’ll examine all types of film from big Hollywood blockbusters to Netflix shorts, and take a journey through the history of the film industry. This will inspire you to pen your own scripts, produce your own screenplays and take your ideas from your notepad to the big screen.

The skills you’ll learn are valuable in creative sectors, particularly the film industry. You’ll be suited to work in areas such as journalism, script writing, marketing, public relations and teaching after the course.

What you'll experience

On this Film Industries and Creative Writing degree course you’ll:

  • Learn to write screenplays, film reviews and critical analysis pieces
  • Get to publish your work in our yearly anthology
  • Study the glitzy Hollywood film scene as well as international cinema
  • Develop practical skills in production, using the latest digital video technology
  • Create your own film scripts and see them come to life
  • Learn from visiting professional novelists, poets and playwrights such as Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Film, Genre and Adaptation
  • Professional Writing
  • Spectacular Hollywood
  • Telling Tales
  • Tips, Tricks and Techniques
  • Writing for the Film Industries (1)

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules you will study in this year include:

  • British Cinema
  • World and Transnational Cinema

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Creative Writing for Comedy
  • Finding Form - Fiction
  • Finding Form - Non-Fiction
  • Finding Form - Writing for Performance
  • Hollywood and Morality
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Production: Camera and Editing
  • Production: Short Film-Making
  • Professional Experience
  • Researching Genre
  • Script Writing
  • Student Enterprise
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. 

Year 3

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Creative Writing for Film
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Fan Fiction
  • Film and Media Dissertation
  • Gender, Sexuality and Cinema
  • Marketing Movies
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • Practical Video Project
  • Researching Animation
  • Studying Comedy
  • Writing and Producing Magazines
  • Writing Project (With Publishing)

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • practical performance sessions

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • video productions
  • film scripts
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 3% by written exams and 97% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

Whether you see yourself writing your own film scripts, getting behind the camera, or using the transferable skills you've learnt in other industries, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work when you finish the course.

What can you do with a Film Industries and Creative Writing degree?

Previous students have gone on to roles in areas such as:

  • film marketing and public relations
  • creative writing (prose, poetry and script)
  • media production
  • publishing
  • film making
  • local and community broadcasting
  • teaching

What jobs can you do with a Film Industries and Creative Writing degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • copywriter
  • journalist
  • production manager
  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • assistant publicist
  • public relations and communications officer

You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of written work.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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