The majority of storylines we see in films and television programmes are written and developed by screenwriters. You might work by yourself or with a team to build original stories for characters, adapt well known books, or recreate old storylines. Studying for a degree in screenwriting, you will able to turn your writing talent into a career, whilst also gaining industry standard skills and experience.
The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by the level you are studying at. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).
Depending on your institution, your course may be accredited by an academic or professional body, such as the International Moving Image Society (IMIS).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
An undergraduate degree in screenwriting will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You might study modules on creative writing, transforming ideas from page to screen, story adaptation, creating original narratives, the language of film scripts, and genre specific writing. The majority of undergraduate courses will be designed to suit those who have little experience in the subject area, as well as challenging those who have previously studied a related subject. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, as well as incorporating practical sessions and potential field trips. Depending on your institution, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. Assessment methods could include written work, group projects, and presentations.
The entry requirements for a degree in screenwriting will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be heavily influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree will likely require you to have previously studied a qualitative subject such as film studies, English language or literature, or creative writing. If you do not have a strong background in these areas, but can prove that you are passionate about screenwriting, some institutions may still consider your application.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - ABC-BCC
- UCAS Points - 104-120 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - Film Studies, Media Studies, English Language/Literature, History, Creative Writing
- Other Entry Requirements - depending on your institution, you may be asked to submit an example of your work as part of your application
Screenwriting graduates will find that there are a wide variety of career opportunities available to them in a range of industries. Popular destinations include scriptwriter, script editor, or storyliner. You will have gained many useful and transferable skills throughout your degree. These could include project development, analytical thinking, time management, and effective communication.