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Develop your own creativity and examine that of others

Join us for a short course – in oxford or online.

Start (or finish) your own novel, poem or play; produce critical analyses of classic and contemporary literature; or explore the cinematic works of a country, genre or director.

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Many of our short courses, including weekly learning programmes (both in Oxford and online) and some summer schools, can be studied for  credit , which means they can count towards a recognised qualification such as our  Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education .

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From undergraduate level study to advanced postgraduate courses.

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  • Undergraduate Certificate in English Literature  (choose from two study options including one mostly online)
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing  (choose from two study options including one mostly online)
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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Film Studies

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  • Standard course
  • September 2024

Typical offer

112 UCAS points

What does this mean?

Learn how to craft a jaw-dropping plot twist – and how to bring it to life on screen. This course gives you the skills and knowledge to turn your passion for writing and film into a career.

You’ll explore a range of forms including scriptwriting, non-fiction, short stories, the novel, and poetry. And you’ll experiment with all kinds of genres – from fantasy and science fiction, to myth and fairytale.

Creativity lives and breathes at Hull. Always has done, always will. So you’ll be joining a University with a strong heritage in writing and film, and a buzzing literary and creative scene.


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About this course

Our course will develop your confidence in your writing through core skills and techniques. You’ll experiment with scriptwriting, non-fiction, short stories, the novel, and poetry. As well as genres from fantasy and science fiction to myth and fairytale. And you’ll learn how to approach film and television as art, history, culture, entertainment and commerce.

You'll have plenty of opportunities to get involved with our thriving writing and film scene, too. In creative writing, you can take part in our active, student-led English Society and Write HU. HUWrites provides a platform for performance with showcases and student-led podcasts. You’ll also get the chance to design, edit and publish with our in-house magazines, Document 1 and Hull Scribbler .

And in film, you’ll get the chance to earn CV-boosting experience on a placement. This could be through our involvement with Screen Yorkshire's Connected Campus. It’s a scheme that can help prepare you for life in the film and TV industry through masterclasses, workshops and visiting speakers.

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

How you'll be assessed depends on the course you study, and the modules you choose. You may be assessed through a mix of examinations, coursework, presentations and group projects.

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Choose your modules

Each year, you’ll study modules worth a certain number of credits, and you need 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits – so you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more. In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Some modules are compulsory, some are optional, so you can build a course that’s right for you.

  • Second year

The Writer’s Toolkit

‘The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms’ – Muriel Rukeyser. This module will help you to nourish the writer within you, and introduce you to the key concepts that will allow your imagination to flourish through writing exercises, workshops and advice from published writers.

Introduction to Filmmaking

Get hands-on with filmmaking equipment in our studio and editing facilities, and on location, completing a series of group tasks that equip you with basic practical skills you can build on throughout the rest of your degree.

Learn the fundamental elements of film style and structure. Through analysing a range of recent popular films, you will understand how mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing and sound function within film style. You will also learn to analyse the narrative structures of successful popular films. The ways of seeing you acquire on this module will make you a better film viewer, and a better filmmaker.

Facts into Art

Discover how to convert real life into good storytelling. Extend your creative writing skills by generating ideas from daily life, and crafting them into well-conceived, skilled pieces.

Poetry, Performance, Play

Do you love the sound of words, the rhythm of poetry and the power of the human voice? Then this module is for you. Join us to learn how to craft your words into shape as you play with form and perform your own monologues, sonnets, haiku and more, letting your words travel out through the dark.

Film Analysis and Criticism

This module will make you a better film viewer, and a better film critic. You will experience how detailed attention and focused critical discussion reveal the achievements and possibilities of film art. Each week, you will be introduced to a case study film, watch it in full, read critical writing, and discuss the film in detail in small group seminars. You will write a series of short pieces of critical writing, which will prepare you for the module’s assessments: a close analysis of a short film sequence, and an essay evaluating one of the module’s films.

Crime and Transgression

Societies, cultures and communities often construct themselves around what they define as ‘criminal’ or ‘transgressive’. Question how societies and cultures enforce discipline upon ‘transgressive’ individuals and groups: what is a ‘crime’ and who effectively gets punished? Explore how societies respond to those who transgress against heteronormative relationships or those whose gender identities put them beyond their societies’ very narrow definitions.

The Storyteller’s Art

Write your own tales of transformation and adventure, drawing on the world’s greatest stories studied in this module.


Learn about story, plot, characterisation, dialogue, structure and adaptation. Develop your skills in giving and receiving feedback on creative work. Learn how to work effectively in a group, sharing work, encouraging other writers and being encouraged by others to be the best scriptwriter you can be.

Moving Image Techniques

Explore the creative possibilities of moving image media. Leave storytelling behind, and develop a concept for a short moving image piece, which will then become your own independent production.

American Alternative Cinema

Explore and apply theoretical approaches to aesthetic forms and themes, modes of production, and audience and media reception of categories such as ‘underground cinema’ and ‘indiewood’. Develop your critical and theoretical faculties so that you can actively engage and participate in debates that encompass both mainstream and alternative American filmmaking practices.

Screening Genders

Critically examine the representation of gender on screen through the lens of feminist film theory.

The Short Story

Do you love reading, writing or listening to short stories? Immerse yourself in classic and contemporary stories, learn about how writers deliver their magic, using limited word counts to make every word sing. Go on to craft your own stories, drawing on the limitations of the form to turn it into a strength.

Writing Poetry Now

Do you want to take your poetry further? If you are ready to become a more skilled practitioner, able to present your work to an audience, and willing to go deeper into your study of contemporary poetry, then join us. Learn how exciting contemporary poetry is, and feel more confident in your own contributions to the poetry world.

Representing Reality, Disclosing Truth, and Capturing the Everyday

One of the key roles of our media is to represent the world, its happenings, and its diversity to us as accessibly and truthfully as possible. How do different forms of media – documentaries, reality television, soap opera, news reporting, drama-documentaries, radio, fiction films – go about this task? Why do media texts and media companies so often fail in their duty to represent reality? Through conceptual reflection and case study exploration, this module seeks to explore these questions.

American Animation History

In this module, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the history of American animation by taking an in-depth look at the genre.

Television and Factual Production

In this module, you will learn the skills of factual screen production. Working in small groups, you will create short items of broadcast quality to form part of a magazine-style programme.

Creative Writing Portfolio: Preparation

Everyone has a story to tell – through Creative Writing Portfolio: Preparation, you will research, plan and begin development of a creative project that is uniquely yours. Continue your development with masterclass seminars and writing workshops that will provide you with the skills needed to take your creative project from conception to completion.

Creative Writing Portfolio

You will intrigue us with your fascinating characters, move us as they tackle dilemmas, arcing across landscapes set in believable worlds. You will entice us with your lyricism and imagery, and draw us in with your control of language. As your stories and poems of the unexpected buzz across the page, you will make us want to read on.

Writing the Novel

Learn to read like a writer and write like a reader as we encourage you to develop the story that is smouldering inside you. This module reveals many of the secrets of how to plan, write, edit and rewrite long-form prose. Upon completion, you will have the skills, technique, drive and determination to begin writing a novel – your novel.

East Asian Cinema

Examine the dynamic and diverse film output of countries including China, South Korea and Japan, and reflect on film as a 'transnational' phenomenon.

Screen Production Project 1

Plan your own creative filmmaking project. Go through a process of scoping, development, pitching and refinement that emulates commercial independent film development.

Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror: Writing the Wondrous and the Weird

A module for those for whom magic is real, technology is limitless and there are monsters hiding around every corner – Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror: Writing the Wondrous and the Weird will take you on a journey through your imagined world and encourage you to explore, to play and to craft high-quality genre fiction.

Writing the City

Do you want to write dystopian fiction? Or imagine how to make our cities happier, more democratic places to live? Then Writing The City is the module for you, with its opportunities for debate, writing, workshopping and editing your view of the city.

Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World

Approach the horror film from the larger context of world cinema in order to assess if America’s ‘collective nightmare’ is indeed part of a larger trend that feeds into the concept of ‘global nightmares’. In particular, the module will focus on how world horror cinema represents issues of the family, gender, and the ‘Other’ alongside more contemporary concerns such as pandemic disease, environmental collapse, immigration, and terrorism.

Screen Production Project 2

Plan an independent short film. You will be helped to develop your idea into a workable project, conduct risk assessments, schedule, and pitch your concept.

Disney Studies

An in-depth exploration of the history and impact of Disney's global entertainment empire.


You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

Important information

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What do I need?

When it comes to applying to university, you'll need a certain number of UCAS points. Different qualifications and grades are worth a different amount of points. For this course, you'll need…

Use UCAS's calculator to work out your estimated points

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it's not just about the grades - we'll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

Have questions? Our admissions team will be happy to help.

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses .

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees & funding

How much is it.

The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

You can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your course. One you’ve successfully applied for this, you don’t need to do anything else – the money is sent straight to us.

You can also take out a maintenance loan of up to £9,706 a year to cover your living costs, depending on your household income.

Remember, you won’t start paying your loans back until you’ve left University and earn more than £25,000 per year.

See our full fees and finance information for more details and to find out what support we can offer.

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our  tuition fee deposit page  for more information.

The fees shown are for 2023 entry. The fees for 2024 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

You can find more information on our Money page for details of how to pay. 

Substantial  discounts  are available for International students.  

They’re not just experts, they're fans too. And their passion is infectious. You’ll learn alongside published poets, fiction writers, scriptwriters and scholars.

We’re part of the Larkin Centre research group. In REF 2021, 93% of our research was ranked world-leading or internationally excellent. 2

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Christopher Westoby

Dr Chris Westoby

Chris’s debut novel, The Fear Talking: The True Story of a Young Man and Anxiety, explores his personal experiences of growing up with anxiety. He lectures in creative writing, gives guest lectures on mental health, and teaches reflective writing.

Kathleen McKay

Kathleen McKay

Kath is a fiction writer and poet. She has published two novels, two full poetry collections and one poetry booklet, while her short stories have been anthologised and broadcast. Kath has won awards for poetry, short stories and a crime novel.

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You'll build a varied portfolio of work throughout your degree. And you’ll gain the skills and adaptability to flourish in various arenas. You can go on to work in film, TV and the theatre as a playwright, director, scriptwriter or presenter. Or pursue a career in publishing, advertising or marketing.

The ability to showcase a creative mind through writing is a rare skill. Being able to tailor your messaging for different audiences will also give you a powerful advantage. Especially if you combine your professional portfolio with job-ready skills gained from work experience.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

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Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

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Ba (hons) film studies, ba (hons) creative writing and english, ba (hons) english, ba (hons) media studies, ba (hons) media production.

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The B.A. in Creative Writing at Oregon State invites you to participate in a community of faculty, students and mentors who will develop your skills as an artful and imaginative writer and a bold and critically conscious thinker. You will have the opportunity to pursue a course of study that combines training in the craft of writing with rigorous literary studies. Working closely with our faculty, you will sharpen your expertise in reading and analyzing literature and develop your skills at creating meaningful, transformative narratives. When it’s time, you will leave our program prepared to think and write with imaginative power. From the MFA, to law school, to entering a diverse job market in a variety of fields, you will begin your professional life as an innovative thinker and skilled writer who knows how to harness the power of narrative.

Everyone has a story to tell. Join us, and become a writer.

Introducing the Creative Writing Major at Oregon State University

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You’ll study with our acclaimed faculty of writers and scholars who have published more than 40 books—among them,  New York Times  Notable Books, Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selections, Amazon’s Best Book of the Year, winners of the Oregon Book Award, the John Ciardi Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Whiting Award, and titles recommended by  The New Yorker , Salon, BookPage, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. These recognitions are complemented by our faculty’s active engagement with the literary community—hosting national radio shows and leading local arts initiatives—as well as their deep commitment to teaching and mentoring. 

The Faculty

A Distinctive and Inclusive Major

We are one of only a few undergraduate creative writing majors in the Pacific Northwest. Our undergraduate major does not require a separate application to join.  We believe everyone can be a writer and think imaginatively. As scholars, writers, and filmmakers, we recognize the power of words and images to shape as well as challenge discourses that dehumanize historically under-represented and minoritized communities. Our program is committed to preparing many voices to create the narrative frames we need for a just future.  

The Field of Study

You will hone your expertise in reading literature as well as in the craft of writing. We begin with an introduction to the primary genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. From these, you will identify areas of focus in either one or two genres, pursuing courses in craft development and workshop intensives. You will also complete introductory and advanced literary studies, with course offerings that represent a range of eras, continents, cultural representations, and sensibilities.

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Design Your Professional Plan

We live in a time when our professional cultures seek effective and powerful story-tellers to critique and create the narratives we need. From the entertainment industry, marketing and communications, business, journalism public relations, law, community organizing, education, grant writing, and many more fields, creative writing offers you endless possibilities for taking your stories everywhere. Our program prepares you to enter your professional life skilled in analysis and sophisticated at creating new narratives to lead change, shape the world of many different industries, and design for the future.

To explore careers with a creative writing major, discuss jobs and internships, contact CLA Career Development .

If you are interested in careers that engage a critical social justice approach, contact Dr. Liddy Detar at [email protected].

Knowledge, Creation, and Innovation

As a creative writing major, you will have the option of pursuing additional studies in SWLF by adding a minor in English, Film Studies, Applied Journalism, or the Certificate in Scientific, Technical and Professional Communication. A creative writing major also offers tremendous opportunity for collaboration within the visual arts, oceanography, theatre, environmental studies, forestry, engineering, global studies, digital arts, and computer sciences. SWLF invites you to explore these possibilities through our rich course offerings and campus-wide co-curricular partnerships.

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SWLF and OSU offer a rich set of opportunities to join an active writing community. The program is home to a well-established Master of Fine Arts Program , a Visiting Writers Series , Literary Northwest Series , Critical Questions Lecture Series , The Stone Awards , and more.

Enjoy many additional opportunities for participating in a writing community throughout OSU: OSU’s Creative Writing Society , The Poetry Club , Prism , a student-run art and literary journal, Buckteeth Magazine , Castor Magazine , The Corvallis Review , The Exchange, and 45 th Parallel .

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Creative Writing and Media & Film Studies BA (Hons)

What makes creative writing and media & film studies at worcester special.

Combining Creative Writing and Media & Film Studies creates a unique opportunity to explore storytelling across multiple mediums. Develop your skills as a writer across different genres and forms, such as poetry, prose, and media writing, and cultivate your critical thinking abilities through analysis of media and film case studies.

At Worcester, we introduce you to the professional techniques and technologies currently used in industry to help prepare you for careers in areas such as copywriting, media research, and public relations.

Key features

  • Teaching from professionals who are experts in their academic fields
  • Opportunities to explore a range of different writing styles and platforms that are relevant to the contemporary ways in which writers communicate and showcase their creativity
  • Provides valuable insight into the professional creative industry by participating in work placement opportunities, attending guest speaker events, volunteering, short internships and collaborations
  • Interactive, investigative learning environments where critical understanding is developed through debate, creative problem solving and evaluating your own opinions, experiences and identity
  • Dynamic curriculum informed by the very latest research innovations in creative writing, the media and film industries and associated contemporary cultural issues

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements.

104 UCAS tariff points

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course.  Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email [email protected] for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS .

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What will you study

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

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Joint Honours

Discover our full range of joint degrees and read about how your degree will be structured.

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish.

Creative Writing aims to nurture your confidence as a writer and to support your development as a critical and skilful analyst of your own and others’ writing. Throughout, you will be immersed in intellectual issues informing the discipline and practices of writing and learn to place your own writing within contexts of published work. You will develop expertise in commercial practice (writing for magazines, reviewing, scriptwriting, editing) and understanding of publishing and marketing processes alongside working towards your own creative development.

You will work with published writers, professional publishers and editors with a variety of specialisms including poetry, travel writing, writing for the screen, writing fiction, writing for performance, writing for children, feature writing, blogging and copy writing. Your development and achievements will be assessed by means of a wide variety of writing ‘tasks.’ In your third year, you will undertake a major writing project of your choice, mentored by members of the course team, alongside participating in a range of activity designed to support you to prepare for progression once you have graduated.

Media & Film Studies will expect you to engage in critical analysis: of the media, of films and the industry and yourself. On the course we seek to understand how and why the media functions as it does and what effects this has on its users and audiences. We also want you to think critically and reflectively about your own culture and experiences, as this will affect how you respond. We will teach you critical concepts and ideas from a variety of theoretical frameworks including black histories, intersectional feminisms and queer approaches, which will enable you to decode the media. We will utilise the research methods of the field including semiotic and discourse analysis.

You will be taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to develop your understanding by taking part in class trips such as being able to experience immersion for yourself at a virtual reality gaming arcade and going behind the scenes at a local festival. You will also be invited to our course events which include exclusive film screenings and guest speakers.

For more information about teaching, learning, and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Creative Writing and Media & Film Studies .

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Creative Writing BA (Hons) and Media & Film Studies BA (Hons).

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Every member of the team has a wealth of industry experience, including academics with specialist areas and those who combine teaching with professional practice. There are also demonstrators and technicians.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy and all permanent staff on the team are Fellows of HEA and have the post grad teaching qualification.

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Katy Wareham Morris

Katy leads the BA Hons in Media & Culture, a dynamic course which responds to innovations in media forms and applications as well as contemporary cultural issues. Katy is particularly interested in how digital technologies have changed media industries and the way audiences respond to them; and, media futures including immersive media. Katy interrogates media representations created by and representing identities and cultures which have been historically marginalised and challenge the white, middle class, patriarchal tradition. Katy is a proud working class, disabled, female academic and, a published poet.

Barbara Mitra

Dr Barbara Mitra

Dr Barbara Mitra is joint Head of Department (English, Media & Film Studies) and is a Principal Lecturer in Media & Film Studies. She has varied teaching and research interests and has published on issues relating to television, gender, advertising and children, and has become interested in social media, body image and eating disorders. 

Barbara's teaching includes specialist modules on gender and commercial issues of social media and she is also interested in the use of technology in relation to learning and teaching. She has spoken on local radio and schools on issues related to gender and body image, Facebook and television advertising and children. She has also made a number of films on various academic topics.

Barbara welcomes PhD and MRes topics in relation to the broad areas of gender, social media, body images and digital cultures. 

Dr Mikel Koven

The Film Studies course is led by Dr Mikel J Koven . His teaching areas include World cinema; genre; Hollywood cinema; horror cinema; film & folklore; and cult & exploitation cinema.

His research areas include Film & Folklore (fairy tales, myths, and legends); Exploitation cinema (with a focus on Italian horror film); Jewish cinema (representations, stereotypes, and the Holocaust); and “Cult” TV.  

Holly Barnes-Bennetts

Holly Barnes-Bennetts

Holly completed a her BA Hons Media with Cultural Studies at Southampton Solent University in 2006.  After finishing her degree she gained employment ranging from running music and arts festivals, working in PR and charity fundraising. She then returned to teaching, securing a Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (University of Warwick) and completing a Masters by Research from Bournemouth University. Currently, Holly is working towards her PhD at the University of Worcester titled: A Digital Interactionist, Praxis Study of Perception and Communication of Positive Sexual Consent.

Dr Jack McGowan

Dr Jack McGowan

Jack’s research focuses on contemporary poetry and poetics, and he specializes in the development of performance poetry in the UK since the mid-20th century, and the oral roots of poetry.

Jack is a performance poet with 10 years of experience on the UK spoken word scene and he writes for both performance and page publication.

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Ruth Stacey

Ruth is based in Bredon 190. As Admissions Tutor for Creative Writing she is responsible for processing new applications for study and recruitment of new students. This includes attending open days, organising events, visiting schools and colleges, and collecting student testimonials for the Creative Writing blog :

A prize-winning writer, Ruth is interested in reclaiming maligned or forgotten voices in her work, combining historical research with imagined memoir to create a new document that allows a different perspective on the historical person. Ruth is currently writing symbolist poetry as part of her research for her PhD at the University of Northumbria.  The creative aspect of the project is an imagined memoir of the tarot artist Pamela Colman Smith.

Ruth is widely published and has taught literature and writing to all age groups, including in schools and with Writing West Midlands youth groups. An experienced freelance writer and copywriter, Ruth also helped to start the indie press V.Press and worked as the illustrator for the press for seven years.

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Creative Writing is an extremely versatile degree programme. Employers in a wide variety of job markets, such as advertising, journalism, and professional writing, value the creativity and creative thinking skills you will develop during the course.

Media & Film Studies develops student skills in practice-as-research and research-as-practice for a number of culture and media industries including exhibition, distribution, audience-based marketing, journalism, film education, curating, programming, filmmaking, screenwriting and further academic research.

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Film and Creative Writing

  • UCAS Code PW38
  • Entry Year 2024
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years

Top reasons to study with us

6th for English

The Guardian University Guide (2024)

6th for Film (Communication and Media Studies)

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

6th for Creative Writing

The Complete University Guide (2024)

Why Lancaster?

  • Study fiction and film while working on your own projects with support from professional filmmakers, expert screenwriters and published authors
  • Take part in small-group workshops to develop your novels, stories, poetry, and scripts, as well as getting involved in our student-run literary journals
  • Expand your skills using our cutting-edge production facilities, extensive rehearsal spaces, and editing and audio suites
  • Explore the city’s arts scene or venture to the Lake District, the home of poets and inspiration for many writers ever since
  • Be inspired by our rich programme of literary events on campus, online, and in the city’s historic Castle Quarter

A powerful image can persuade. The right words can inspire. Join us to unlock the secrets of effective storytelling and sharpen the skills you need to bring your ideas to life on page and screen.

Film lover and maker? Avid reader and writer? Combine your two creative interests with a degree that helps you explore the connection between them.

A hub for film and writing events Study film with a department that’s consistently rated in the UK top-ten (Complete University Guide). You’ll discover the history and theory of film and production techniques in global cinema.

As well as our student-run cinema on campus, we have a city centre arts venue that shows the latest independent and foreign films on our doorstep. In previous years, final year students have shown their own films here. You’ll also be close to mainstream cinemas in Lancaster and nearby Morecambe, and a vibrant programme of literary events.

From Black Magic 4K cameras and Adobe editing software to sound-proofed editing suites and audio and lighting equipment, these are just some of the tools you have access to. We have everything you need to learn basic DSLR, digital audio and camerawork in our production facilities.

Whenever you need technical support, you can turn to our professional filmmakers and screenwriters from the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts and our skilled technicians.

Unleash your creative voice Exploring creative writing gives you the chance to study writing and performance from around the world. The Lancaster area provides a fantastic backdrop for your writing and filmmaking, from the historic city to our spectacular coastline, with ancient woodlands and soaring mountains within easy reach. The nearby Lake District has inspired writers and poets over the years.

The right team is key to your success. Lancaster was one of the very first universities to teach creative writing. Today we continue to lead in the discipline with our celebrated novelists, poets and playwrights. Our experts can help you explore traditional forms such as the short story, the novel, poetry, or theatre, as well as digital media.

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  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Creative Writing at Lancaster University

“You get so much freedom in terms of what you write and what you’re interested in, and you’re really encouraged to follow that”. Discover how you could forge your Creative Writing journey at Lancaster University.

Film Studies at Lancaster University

Cutting-edge production facilities, a strong theoretical grounding, and a global perspective on film. Hear what Film Studies at Lancaster University could offer to you.

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You’ll be developing your practical skills in our film production modules by experimenting with narrative films or documentaries. We provide top-of-the-line production equipment so you can create your own original content.

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Practical experience

You will have the opportunity to produce short films in all three years of your study.

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Interesting surroundings

Make use of Lancaster’s stunning surroundings for the perfect film setting – cityscape, rural backdrop or coastal charm.

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Film production

Gain practical film-making skills and an understanding of film production.

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Production equipment

We provide top-of-the-line production equipment so you can create your own original content. Enjoy 24/7 access to our editing suites and specialist equipment, including cinema-ready digital cameras.

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Showcase your films

Every year our final year students showcase their films in a major degree show exhibition, that is open to the public.

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Lancaster’s filmmaking community

Film students Sky Fong and James Wilson write for the University’s student newspaper ‘Scan’. Their recent article discusses the films students have been making as part of the Short Film Production module.

See page 19 in Scan January issue .

Whether you dream of becoming a bestselling novelist, director of blockbuster movies, or want to explore another creative area, Lancaster is a great place to start your success story. Our creative enterprise module which we offer as part of this course is a great way to boost your employability.

You’ll be able to think critically, communicate, work in teams, use complex equipment, analyse film and text, and use your knowledge of film theory to inform your thinking and practice. All of these are skills employers look for when hiring creative graduates.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have skills that could take you in a number of directions. Past students work in a range of areas:

  • Film production and editing
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Television and the media

Eager to continue learning? Some students continue their studies with our Master’s or PhD in Film Studies or Creative Writing.

Entry Requirements

Grade requirements.

A Level ABB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via [email protected]

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Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year .

This module will introduce you to key methods, tools and critical concepts used by academics to understand a broad range of creative work, its discussion and practice historically and today. Through a combination of lectures and seminars, you are encouraged to think of yourself as a "creative critic" who uses intelligent observations about the creative world to inform your own practice of writing and making.

This module introduces you to university-level study of the arts, and their contexts and interrelations. In this first block, during the first term, students on the Film, Art, Design, and Theatre programmes will work together in mixed seminar groups to explore the different ways in which creative practitioners respond to the world around them. You will be introduced to key critical concepts used by academics to understand the role of creative work historically and today.

This module is designed to supplement and enhance the essential knowledge and skills covered in “Introduction to Film Studies”, and develops the study skills that you will require as you progress through the course. It will be taught through lectures, seminars and weekly screenings of case study films, including themes such as Hitchcock and silent cinema in Britain, the Ealing comedies of the 1950’s, the James Bond Franchise, and contemporary Asian British cinema.

This year-long module is focused on the development of your own writing. You will be encouraged to experiment with various forms and genres, to explore new approaches in drafting and editing your own work, and to develop the gentle art of responding to the work of fellow students. The lectures will introduce you to a range of exciting texts and helpful terminology, and offer insight from published authors. The follow-up workshops allow you to practice technique, mature your voice, and nurture your writerly instincts.

This module is intended to provide you with the essential knowledge and competencies to undertake the academic study of film at university level. The first term provides you with an understanding of the formal and technical composition of films to allow you to undertake detailed analysis of films, from the level of close scrutiny of individual images, and their interrelation with the soundtrack, to the narrative assembly of shots and scenes. Through the analysis of a range of examples, you will be given the opportunity to become familiar with the key formal and semantic conventions of cinema. The second term aims to provide you with a framework knowledge of world film history. By focusing on a selection of key films and filmmakers, this section of the module will explore historically significant movements and themes within international cinema from the 1960s to the present day. This term is thematically organized around issues of ideology and realism, and explores the shifting social and political status of cinema during the last century. In the third term you will undertake a practical project, working with a small group to produce a short film.

Critical Reflections explores a number of key interdisciplinary philosophical and cultural concepts which will enable you to analyse, engage with, and reflect upon artworks in your own discipline. It also allows you to establish a common set of concepts which can be shared by students from all LICA subjects. The structure of the module consists of six three-week blocks: (1) Aesthetics, Formalism and Beyond, (2) Phenomenology, (3) Semiotics, Structuralism and Deconstruction, (4) Class and Society, (5) Feminism, Queer Theory and Gender, and (6) On Difference.Weekly plenary lectures make connections across the arts, and are supplemented by weekly, two hour seminars/workshops which allow students to work in their subject groups (art, film, theatre, design) on ideas and examples specifically tailored towards these disciplines

This core module has two main objectives. Firstly, it is designed to develop further your analytical skills in order to examine individual films in greater detail. Secondly, it is intended to encourage you to understand world cinema in relation to a variety of social, cultural, political and industrial contexts. The module will explore such issues as the relationship between film form and modes of production (from industrial film-making through to low-budget art film), theories of film style and aesthetics, and the political function of cinema. The module consists of two interwoven strands, one strand focusing on various modes of American film production, the other exploring films from a number of different national traditions. Across the whole module, you will gain a thorough grasp not only of the historical factors shaping various national and international cinemas, but also of some key critical and theoretical concepts within the field of film studies.

This year-long module is the gate-way to the second and third year experience of Creative Writing. You will be able to write in any literary genre, drawing on the accompanying half-units or exploring new areas of creative work. You will develop a portfolio of creative writing, supported by peer and tutor feedback. A lecture series will increase the professionalisation of your writing.

This module enables you to explore topics, techniques, and methods involved in memoir and life writing, as well as the risks and opportunities – technical, ethical and personal – inherent in this form. Through a series of seminars and workshops we will explore set texts, generative writing prompts, and give and receive feedback on works in progress. You will work towards the creation of your own memoir text – either a short stand-alone work or works, or a chapter / section from a proposed longer work. In addition, you will be supported in developing independent research to set your own work in its context in your reflective essay.

This module explores different approaches to both the analysis and the production of documentary film. As well as considering a range of styles of documentary film, typically including expository, poetic, observational, reflexive, political, and personal modes of documentary film, you will also examine key debates concerning the ethics of documentary filmmaking. An indicative list of film screenings includes Nanook of the North, Grey Gardens, Dont Look Back [sic], The Arbor, Sans Soleil, Fahrenheit 9/11, The Gleaners and I, and The Act of Killing.

The module aims to develop an understanding of historically important European films from the 1950s to the 1980s and the stylistic and historical significance of these films. It will explore the thematic importance of these films and consider the critical debates relating to this period of filmmaking enabling students to develop a critical understanding of the conditions of production, reception and distribution of these films.

This module examines a historical genre that now occupies the economic centre of Hollywood film production. The module focuses centrally on film and comic book aesthetics; on questions of narration and visual depiction in these two related media; on the shifting norms of this film genre in relation to technological change across history; and on the significance and uses of the comic-book film in society. The module develops ideas and skills introduced in the core Film Studies modules taken as part of the film studies and combined degrees.

How does our lived experience translate into poetry? And how does poetry crystallize or transform experience through language and form? These and many other questions are explored in this module as we read as well as write poetry; for the writing of poetry is dependent not only your experience but also your abilities as a reader and interpreter of poems. We will look at the base structures of poetry – from the line-ending to more complex forms like sonnets and sestinas; and you will be encouraged to seek out new reading as a result of seminar discussion. Finally, you are expected to keep a journal of your poems and thoughts throughout the course, the contents of which will be used to create the reflective essay for your portfolio.

What is short fiction as a literary form? The module approaches this question by exploring its unique opportunities and challenges. We will look at examples of modern and contemporary short stories from around the world (including work by Katherine Mansfield, Herve le Tellier and Walter Mosely) to see how the form can be manifested, pushed, pulled, and made malleable.

Critical and creative engagement with these set texts will allow you to see how key techniques of narrative, voice, imagery, and dialogue can be tailored for short fiction. You will put these techniques into practice through a series of writing exercises and in your own submissions for tutor and peer feedback, as you build towards a portfolio of original short fiction; this will be accompanied by a critical reflection where you can explore your strategies for writing in this form.

In the Short Film Production module you will develop, produce and complete a short dramatic film. You will be taught and given the opportunity to follow industry standard practices throughout your project. You’ll participate in at least two class productions as both a key role member (roles like Writer/Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Art Director, and Sound Designer/Editor) and a minor role member (roles like Assistant Director, Script Supervisor, Assistant Camera, Gaffer, Grip, Sound Recordist, Boom Operator, and etc.). You’ll keep a production diary outlining your individual contributions, and be given the opportunity to gain real world experience of what working on a film production is like in the various roles. You’ll write up your experiences in an essay critically analysing the production process and outcomes.

You will need to have completed Introduction to Film Studies to take this module.

This module aims to give students a grounding in “the contemporary” as a key critical concept used in artistic discourses, and provide a number of ways that students can explore and articulate their own contemporaneity. In conversation with cutting edge ideas from art, science, technology and popular culture, the module will enable participants to discuss and identify what they are contemporaries of, how they relate to their own time as artists, citizens and critical writers and what this necessitates in their own practices.

Students will engage in critical discussion of key terms used to define the current moment, such as Anthropocene, Singularity, Post-Truth, and Globalisation, as well as understanding how particular technologies and phenomena, such as distributed and decentralised networks, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering are reshaping the contexts in which the arts are made. These topics are explored through lectures and seminar discussions in which students are encouraged to produce and define their own position and modes for articulating what makes them contemporary.

The module is designed for creative students who wish to use writing and material practice to explore their own relationship to the ecologies, politics, trends, technologies, and aesthetics that typify our experience of the world today.

This module will explore the work of some of the most historically important female film-makers from the 1890s through to the present, considering films from around the globe. The module will examine the significant but often marginalized and obscured roles that women have played in industrial, experimental and avant-garde film production across a spectrum of roles from costume and production designers through to screen-writers, editors and directors. You will be invited to reflect upon the fact that, despite playing key roles in the development of the medium, women continue to be excluded at all levels of film production. The decision by Hollywood star and activist Geena Davis to establish a campaigning ‘Institute on Gender in Media’ is a measure of the urgency of this subject.

The module will engage with revisionist film histories concerned with interrogating the dominant bias of academic and popular histories of the medium; it will also draw on feminist film theory concerned both with a critical understanding of mainstream cinema and the development of politicized women’s cinemas. The module will examine a series of female directors and their work, and each week will be oriented around the screening of a case study film that will be the focus for the seminar. An example of directors included is Alice Guy-Blaché, Dorothy Arzner, Leni Riefenstahl, Ida Lupino, Laura Mulvey, Mira Nair, Kathryn Bigelow, Marziyeh Meshkini, Lynne Ramsay.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework essay and exam.

The module aims to enable you to write for the theatre and develop your awareness of the processes by which a written script makes its way to performance. You will be taught through weekly seminars/workshops in which you will explore the effects that different staging approaches and performance strategies have on your scripts.

The module usually ends with a performance showcase at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, in which you will be actively involved; the showcase will allow you to reflect upon your work in the light of audience feedback.

Over the course of the module, you will develop your own writing styles and gain an awareness of the professional requirements of playwriting.

This module seeks to helps you write imaginatively about places and/or landscapes. You will be able to write poetry, prose fiction, or non-fiction as we explore the broad field of nature, environmental, and place-writing. You will study major texts that engage with different kinds of place and landscape – from fields and forests to rivers and urban edgelands – and explore your own emergent interests in place-writing. You will be encouraged to consider your own work as part of a larger, ongoing literary conversation about place, and to explore those places and landscapes that interest and excite you. The module also contains an element of fieldwork, linking the act of physically walking through a landscape to the practice of reading and writing about it.

This module allows you to undertake a major independent research project on a topic of your choice, presented in the form of a dissertation or a practice-based project and an essay. The module is taught through lectures focused on research skills and one-to-one supervision. Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to undertake a major project that includes conducting research, engaging in a sustained critical analysis of relevant texts, building an argument and applying this to practice.

This year-long module forms the core Creative Writing offering in your final year, and allows you to write in any literary genre. You will be encouraged to draw on the other creative writing modules you are taking and to explore new areas of creative work as you develop your portfolio. Throughout, you will be supported by feedback from both your tutor and fellow students.

This module develops the key techniques studied in the second-year module, ‘Short Fiction: Genre and Practice.’ It explores endings that use misdirection and ‘the reveal,’ as well various forms/genres of short stories, such as flash fiction, the ghost story, and rewriting fairy tales. As we go, we will be discussing several contemporary short stories, experimenting through writing exercises, and workshopping student drafts. You will thus develop a portfolio of your own original short stories, which is accompanied by a critical reflection on your use of form and technique. The module ends with tips on sending work for publication.

This module centres on the artistically and politically adventurous phase of American filmmaking circa 1967-1979. Typically topics studied include:

  • Introduction – Hollywood breakdown (Easy Rider, Medium Cool)
  • The future of allusion: New Hollywood’s nostalgic mode (The Godfather)
  • Popular feminism (Klute, Woman Under the Influence)
  • Politics and conspiracy (The Parallax View, All The President’s Men)
  • Disaster movies (The Poseidon Adventure)
  • Comedy (Annie Hall)
  • Exploitation cinema I: blaxploitation (Coffy, Foxy Brown)
  • Exploitation cinema II: horror/body genres (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
  • Blockbuster cinema and the franchise film (Star Wars)
  • The end of the New (Apocalypse Now)

This module explores Hong Kong cinema from the mid-1980s up to the present – an era whose beginning witnesses the international breakthrough of a new wave of local filmmakers, and which goes on to encompass the early 1990s’ production surge, the 1997 handover to mainland China, the crippling economic crisis, and the outbreak of the SARS virus. The module will give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of a number of basic industrial, aesthetic, social and cultural trends marking Hong Kong films in the contemporary era. These include the emergence and impact of independent production; the rise of ‘high-concept’ filmmaking; the movement toward pan-Asian co-productions; the importance and cross-marketing of star performers and local musical traditions such as Cantopop; the popularity of genres like the swordplay film; and aesthetic tendencies such as episodic plotting and the narrative ‘thematisation’ of politics and identity. Emphasis will be placed not only on representative mainstream product, but also on the emergence of a distinct Hong Kong art cinema, whose presence and success on the international festival circuit has brought artistic credibility to a predominantly popular cinema, and which has heralded the arrival of a fresh wave of local ‘auteur’ filmmakers.

This module provides an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the ways in which creative practitioners produce and deliver their work. It will provide an overview of the challenges faced by freelance practitioners, producers and small cultural companies within the creative industries. You will also develop a working understanding of the key management and enterprise skills involved in delivering creative projects. Working in groups you will put your learning into practice through the delivery of your own live creative arts project. This will enable you to understand the skills, knowledge, attributes and behaviours relevant for employment in the arts and creative industries.

The Experimental Cinema module introduces you to the non-mainstream, avant-garde, modes of production and the key movements and practices since the 1920s. You will be given the opportunity to study the theoretical concepts of historical and contemporary avant-garde movements and practices and witness the different ways artists and filmmakers have challenged the mainstream narrative and stylistic conventions. Throughout this module you will look at important figures in the development of experimental film aesthetics such as Man Ray, Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Michael Snow, Chantal Akerman as well as some lesser known, emerging contemporary experimental filmmakers.

The first half of the module provides a conceptual and historical overview of avant-garde filmmaking and the second half will focus on contemporary debates and the institutional shift in experimental film production with the rise of digital technology. As well as having the opportunity to develop an understanding of experimental cinema through reading and writing research papers, you will have a chance to engage with the formal and technical aspects of making an experimental film through practice-based assignments.

You will need to have completed Short Film Production or Documentary Film Practice in order to take this module.

This module covers topics such as: the infrastructures and locations of cinema; the evolution of film exhibition and distribution; film festivals in a global context; the role of film archives and cinematheques; film criticism; digital film cultures and networks of informal distribution.

Students develop a comprehensive understanding of cinema as a socio-cultural institution, by considering film in terms of circulation, reception, and heritage. This approach entails a focus on the role of mediators (i.e. programmers, distributors, critics) and locations (i.e movie theatres, film festivals, archives) in shaping the consumption and preservation of film.

The module provides historical and analytical skills to understand the evolution of film cultures from modernity to the contemporary digital age. This holistic perspective is achieved by combining theoretical components with the discussion of case studies from a variety of cultural contexts and locations (e.g. the introduction of cinema theatres in colonial Nigeria, the multiplex in India, the birth of film festivals in Europe and their contemporary role in the promotion of Latin American and Middle Eastern cinema).

Students develop skills throughout the module by collectively managing and producing content for a blog expanding on the topics discussed in class. The weekly updates will be developed and discussed at seminars, and peer-assessed on a routine basis. In order to articulate their personal contribution to the blog, each student writes a short reflective piece on their experience, as well as an individual essay on a case study of their choice.

This third-year course will add to the theoretical, historical and cultural aspects of film investigated in Years 1 and 2, while focusing more closely on the challenging aesthetic and critical debates surrounding the concept of modernity. It will look at films made in the silent era, in post-war Europe and in Britain and the US. Writings on film will be considered in conjunction with viewings of particular films, close analysis of specific filmic techniques and methods, and historical and theoretical approaches to film. The course will also pay attention to the debates of classical and contemporary film theory, feminist approaches and other critical traditions (semiotics, structuralism, formalism, cognitivism). Students will be introduced to key debates in classical and contemporary film theory, with topics exploring the relations between film and art, cinema and politics, cinema and psychoanalysis, and, above all, the question of how films produce meaning(s).

In this module you will examine, through both set reading and writing prompts, the unique features of long fiction. Through tutor presentations and discussion of set texts, the workshopping of creative writing in progress, and the writing of synopses and other planning documents, you will develop competence in approaching a long fiction project. You will thus learn to: find strategies for planning and structuring; choose point of view and tense; develop plot; work with setting; address themes and characterisation; experiment with form; and write an ending. You may work in any adult genre you wish, but we will focus on literary, historical and science fiction, as well as both speculative and crime genres

This module offers a broad overview of the history of the musical genre in cinema. It begins by examining the use of sound in silent cinema before focusing on the original success of musicals with the arrival of synchronised sound in 1927. The module then tracks the success of movie musicals from the 1930s-1950s, with particular focus on Hollywood successes of MGM, Busby Berkeley, the Astaire-Rogers cycle and the emergence of the self-reflexive musical. Elements of the Hollywood musical in the 1960s and beyond are then studied, with a focus on the importance of the musical soundtrack in Saturday Night Fever (1977) and other films. The module will also examine other traditions where the Musical has been significant, such as India and France. In addition to this, aspects of race, gender and sexuality in the movie musical will be discussed. Some recent Hollywood successes (such as La La Land [2016] or The Greatest Showman [2017]) are studied towards the end of the module in the light of the Musical tradition

This module aims to challenge received structures of poetic language through a close reading of poets who opened up new frontiers of 20th/21st century literature through their approaches to language. In each seminar, there will first be a close reading of work by a published poet, from Alice Oswald to Ezra Pound, looking at how they stretch or break the lyric formula; and then your own poetic experiments are workshopped.

In week two, there is a basic introduction to Ludwig Wittgenstein's famous theory of language games, with each subsequent poet examined in the light of how they try to break the rules of the game. Your own experiments will be very much encouraged, as either continuations of the radical departures first implemented by the poets in question, or your own attempts to break from comfortable notions of confessional or lyric poetry.

This module offers an introduction to the broad area of silent cinema and to a range of critical approaches to this rich area of study. You will have the opportunity to view and analyse a number of important films. We will also explore a number of critical questions raised by this material with regard to the writing and study of histories of cinema (and popular culture in general). We will examine the relationships between technology and form, the economics of film production, distribution and reception, the relationship between cinema and national identity, the social and cultural impact of new (entertainment) media and the study of cinema audiences.

‘Transgressive Cinema’ is a practice-based module that aims to broaden students’ understanding of film as a form of political enquiry. The module introduces students to critical practices in film, video and expanded cinema that favour process over the end-product. Among the key questions the module addresses are the following: How can film go beyond describing and critiquing the world “as is” and constitute the critique formally? What are the political implications of a film’s formal construction? How do we identify legacies of colonialism in filmic construction and how do we challenge them through creatives devices that transgressive cinema offers? How do we problematise the dominant forms of spectatorship in film practice?

So, while these questions involve rigorous thinking, in practice the module offers a platform where playful experimentations are encouraged. Bringing critical thinking and making into focus, the module invites students to re-examine the dominant aesthetic and narrative conventions of the film/video medium and explore formal elements and their political implications in theory and by practice.

Over the course of this module, students will engage in topics such as: - What is "transgressive cinema" (historically and in recent practices) - Materialist film practices in Britain and the wider European context (1965-1985) - Challenging the perception of language: use of voice, narration, and text as image - Identity politics and video - Queer practices - Performing to camera - Camera-less films - Expanded Cinema - Multiple screens - Abstract film and video. These topics will be explored by students via watching the assigned films, discussing the relevant texts in relation to films and responding to series of practical briefs/tasks to experiment with those ideas.

This year-long course offers an in-depth exploration of the Gothic mode from the vantage point of the early twenty-first century. It is split into five sections: Defining, Localising, Salvaging, Haunting and Transforming. These themes have been chosen to enable the combination of traditional Gothic concepts (ghosts, monsters) with new theoretical ideas addressing a range of topics including gender, sexuality, decolonisation, and environmental crisis. A small selection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts, incorporating both canonical and less familiar works, introduce key concepts and establish a foundation for approaching a diverse and challenging collection of contemporary works. These will cover anglophone writing in a variety of literary forms, including long and short-form fiction, drama, and the graphic novel. Asking the question of what Gothic *does*, rather than what Gothic *is*, the module aims to challenge preconceived opinions, boldly enter difficult territories, and show how Gothic may be used as a critical tool to address some of the most pressing questions facing contemporary Western culture.

What are the constraints and opportunities of writing for children and young adults? By reading, analysing, and responding creatively to a range of texts, you will become more familiar with: contemporary practitioners of writing for young people; the expectations of the audience; and the opportunities for innovation.

The module begins with picture-books, and concludes with young adult novels. You will come to appreciate the complexities of writing fiction for young people, exploring everything from the constraints of paper engineering to the opportunities of a multi-modal narrative in picture books; and from the constraints of coming-of-age tropes to the opportunities for fresh, inventive language in YA fiction.

You will be asked to engage in a close reading of the texts studied and to respond creatively to them.

This module will introduce students to writing for games of all kinds, both digital and pen-and-paper. We will explore the basic principles of collaborative narrative experience as we seek to engage both critically and creatively with this new and extremely popular branch of contemporary writing. text currently is as follows could you kindly adapt new text please The weekly workshops are currently supplemented by a weekly, evening Games Study Night in the University Library to explore existing games, play-test your own, and enjoy the Library’s rich collection of board games.

This module will build on the second-year module ‘Writing Poetry,’ thus deepening your engagement with both writing and reading process. We will explore poetic form through a wide-ranging selection of poems, and consider form as a tradition that has been questioned, adapted, subverted, upcycled, reaffirmed. We will focus, in particular, on forms regularly employed or reimagined in the twentieth century and more recently.

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Why study Creative Writing and Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University? Study the history of film and make short digital films Professional guidance and peer support to help you develop your writing to publishable standard Three-day residential writers' retreat at a country house in rural Wales Teaching is based in the £38m Redmonds Building in Liverpool City Centre Liverpool has more theatres, cinemas, literary events, arts centres, galleries and museums than any city outside London Creative writing at LJMU ranked 5th in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2024)

About your course

As a student on the BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University you will taught by internationally published poets, novelists and film industry professionals.

As the degree progresses, you will be able to specialise in screenwriting and will produce scripts for short films and longer dramas as well as learning to write treatments and pitch your ideas to a professional standard. We also teach the history and practice of film criticism and interpretation. While our emphasis is on the academic study of film, you will also be able to work with industry-standard cameras and editing software to create an impressive portfolio of your own.

In addition to formally taught courses, we provide opportunities for work-based learning as well as encouraging independent research in almost any area of Film Studies and in your final year you will be able to undertake an option in freelance writing and/or production.

This degree combines critical study of film and written texts with practice in prose, poetry, screenwriting and digital film production. As the degree progresses, you will be able to specialise in screenwriting and produce your own scripts for short films and longer dramas as well as learning to write treatments and pitch your ideas to a professional standard.

On top of learning about the history and practice of film criticism and interpretation, you can also get some hands-on experience, working with industry-standard cameras and editing software to create an impressive portfolio of your own.

Liverpool Screen School, where the course it taught is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool City Centre.

You will have plenty of opportunities to hone your writing and production techniques: everyone on the course attends a residential writing retreat in Snowdonia in the first year, and towards the end of your studies you will be expected to produce near-professional standard short films.

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"This degree was the first time I had direct academic support towards becoming a filmmaker. Since graduating, I have received two short film commissions from The UK Film Council and I am currently co-writing a spec feature for North West Vision." Aubrey Reynolds, graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

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  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

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  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
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  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages .


Alongside the skills you will gain in writing to publishable standard and film production practice, the course equips you with an understanding of media processes that could be applied to careers in public relations, advertising, corporate communications, cultural journalism, research and the film and television industries.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the film and television industries as writers, directors, researchers and actors. Some have become independent filmmakers or work for companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, Envy Postproduction, FACT, Hurricane Pictures, Lime Pictures, Soapbox and Sony. Others have gone on to pursue postgraduate study at MA and PhD level or have become teachers, journalists and editors.

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What you will study on this degree, please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study..

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Core modules

Film Language 20 credits

In studying film language students will gain key foundational skills in practising in textual analysis in relation to film.

Film Theory 20 credits

This course surveys the history of the various traditions of theoretical inquiry in film studies. We investigate textual criticism (formalism, structuralism and auteur theory), identity politics, (feminism, masculinity, queer and disability theory and race) and various other theoretical paradigms.

Production Skills 20 credits

Through a series of lectures and practical workshops students will be introduced to fundamental film production skills using cameras, lenses, lighting and sound equipment. Students will develop an understanding of how historical developments in film craft inform current film productions and explore current trends and best practice in digital filmmaking.

Observation and Discovery 20 credits

The module encompasses intercultural and boundary spanning skills, professionalwritten and spoken communication and collaboration between students as they areintroduced to workshopping techniques.

Character & Story 20 credits

The module explores the building blocks of character development and character driven story lines through various forms of writing and requires the student to evidence a variety of research skills and evidence professional written and communication skills, and collaboration between students as they are introduced to workshopping techniques.

Language and Craft 20 credits

As with other Level 4 modules, this module is is designed to encourage consistentengagement, with smaller assessment items that build on each other in terms ofattention to language and form, providing both summative and formative feedback.This module aims to develop student skills in textual analysis and academic writingskills.

Optional Modules

Short Fiction 20 credits

This module expands students' understanding of short fiction and fosters independent reading. It supports their short story writing skills, enhancing their creative confidence and critical insights. Students learn to think creatively about the possibilities of short story writing and develop their ability to evaluate both published authors and peers constructively. Through workshops and essays, students gain a strong foundation in narrative craft, preparing them for more advanced prose modules at Level 6.

Writing for Stage & Radio 20 credits

In this module, students will learn scriptwriting for radio and stage, focusing on modern techniques. They'll explore these forms through reading and listening, and develop their work collaboratively in a writers' room. Students will also improve their communication skills, refining their scripts through workshops and industry expert input in seminars and masterclasses.

Approaching Your Novel 20 credits

In this module, students will learn how to propose novels effectively, understand their target market, and master the art of crafting compelling opening chapters. They'll also explore various novel genres and develop essential narrative skills. Through peer workshops and hands-on practice, students will prepare work suitable for the publishing industry, all while gaining valuable insights into genre, market, and narrative craft.

American Cinema 20 credits

Through a series of seminars student will develop a deep understanding of developments in American cinema from its beginnings to the present day. Students learn about early entrepreneurial approaches to cinema, through to the studio system, independent production, post-studio conglomerations, censorship, and international co-production.

Film Adaptation 20 credits

This module will consider theoretical debates such as the limitations of Fidelity and whether Adaptation can be considered a genre. Specific attention will be paid to Stage to Screen adaptations, Shakespearian translations, Comic book and Video Game adaptations and Fan Adaptations. The module also includes a series of workshops and tutorials designed to develop student screenwriting skills as they create an adapted screenplay.

Experimental Filmmaking 20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience, planning and managing a short experimental film production. You will be able to develop specific skills in the areas of cinematography, lighting and sound design, as well as post production skills in editing and colour grading that are appropriate for experimental filmmaking.

Study Semester Abroad - Creative Writing and Film Studies 60 credits

The aim is to provide students with a semester of study at an approved overseas partner that will replace one semester of their LJMU programme at level 5.This is a semester of full-time study at an approved higher education institution which will replace one semester of level 5 study at LJMU. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be an appropriate substitute for the modules being replaced. Assuming successful completion of this semester, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the semester abroad.

Study Year Abroad -Creative Writing and Film Studies 120 credits

The aim is to provide students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU. This is an additional year of full-time study at an approved higher education institution. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be appropriate for the student's programme of study. Assuming successful completion of this year, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the year abroad.

Video Essay 20 credits

Through a series of lectures and practical making workshops, students will be introduced to the video essay as a form of scholarly engagement with Film. They will gain familiarity with current practice within the academic video essay community and explore existing scholarship on the developing form of the scholarly video essay as a legitimate form of academic research and publication.

Documentary Filmmaking 20 credits

This module will introduce you to the basic principles of directing, filming, editing and producing for a short documentary film.

Fiction Filmmaking 20 credits

The fiction filmmaking module will develop students’ knowledge and experience of the technical, creative, organisational and administrative demands involved in a short film production. The overarching theme of this module is the development of the creative processes in relation to film production.  The short film genre gives students the opportunity to test out ideas or tell a story within the confines of a limited run-time. The relationships between technical, creative, and aesthetic choices will be considered in relation to the ‘real-world’ issues of production management. Working to a brief is designed to give students opportunities for work-based learning.

European Cinema 20 credits

This module serves as an introduction to the range and variety of films produced in Europe, as well as to the significance of film festivals for its visibility and promotion. It highlights the diversity of cinematic production in Europe, focusing not only on different national traditions, but also on the fact that European cinemas consist both of art and popular films.

Working in Film 20 credits

This module aims to give students an understanding of the working practices and organisation of the British film industry. This module will provide all students with a work-based learning experience through opportunities to network with and present to industry. Students will be encouraged to develop their understanding of the different sectors of the local and national film industry into a recognition of the job opportunities that are presented in an area of personal career interest to them.  Students will test out the industry relevance of their careers knowledge by presenting to and networking with industry partners and they will then apply to relevant work experience opportunities as part of their careers portfolio.

Script Development 20 credits

Students will workshop their writing in tutor-led and peer-led sessions, offering andreceiving constructive criticism, reading and performing key scenes from their scriptsand re-drafting and developing their work. They will also share insights into theirongoing research process with peers. Industry guest speakers will also share theirknowledge and experience in seminars and masterclasses.

Poetry 20 credits

This module has creativity embedded throughout, with a heightened awareness of written and spoken communication and the power of language. Poems are designed to be heard as well as read. Students will be reading their own draft poetry aloud in class, thus developing self-confidence in their own voices and work.

Creative Non-fiction 20 credits

The module will include a diverse range of texts that promote interculturalunderstanding. Boundary spanning skills will be developed across the many forms ofcreative non-fiction and an exploration of the writerly techniques they value.

Screenwriting 20 credits

Students will workshop their writing in tutor-led and peer-led sessions, offering andreceiving constructive criticism, reading and performing key scenes from their scriptsand re-drafting and developing their work. Industry guest speakers will also share their knowledge and experience in seminars and masterclasses.

Writing in Production 20 credits

The module embeds key employability skills: leadership and motivational skills, analysis and problem solving, creativity and enterprise, professional written and spoken communication, financial literacy, planning and organization, digital capability and teamworking and collaboration.

The Fantastic 20 credits

The module will engage students in the study of fantasy, horror and science fiction literature and related arts. This has proven the most popular genre amongst undergraduate students and the module provides an opportunity for experimentation with a range of writing styles leading to specialisation in one genre area. Students will produce original, creative work informed by their studies, and present it to their classmates and tutors for formative feedback and further development.

World Cinema 20 credits

The module provides insights into a range of non-US and non-European cinemas, and critical tools for the students to engage with films from different cultural contexts.

Final Film Pre-Production 20 credits

This module gives the students an opportunity to develop their understanding of pre-production skills and practice applied to film making. It enables students to develop an ability to understand and reflect constructively on the pre-production process for independent film production.

Final Film Production 20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience of some of the technical equipment required for short video production at an advanced level with either fiction or non-fiction filmmaking.

Interpretation in Film 20 credits

Through a series of seminars student will develop a deep understanding how to interpret film through a variety of theoretical approaches. These will include text-based approaches, as well as other understandings, such as paratexts and promotion, taste cultures, audiences, and fandom.

Work Based Learning 20 credits

This module provides Film Studies students with the opportunity to widen their direct knowledge of working practices in a film-related field. The module allows students to widen their contacts and to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned on the programme to a work setting. Students negotiate a learning contract with an employer/client and a tutor, and are assessed on their written account of the content and relevance of their work experience/client project to the Film Studies degree.

Black American Film 20 credits

The module produces students with a historical overview of Black American identity in film. Topics covered include Minstrelsy, Early Black Pioneers, Stereotyping and Marking, The Emergence of Black Stars, The Civil Rights Era, Blaxploitation, Gangsta Films, Intersectionality and Black Lives Matter.

Film Thesis 20 credits

Through a series of lectures and tutorials students will develop their critical thinking and research skills as part of the completion of a large independent study project. They will be encouraged to generate effective strategies to manage their time, meet deadlines, and engage in self-directed study in an area of Film Studies they have a specific interest in.

Advanced Script Workshop 1 20 credits

In this module, students are encouraged to advance the work-shopping skills that they have developed over the previous four semesters to give and receive constructive criticism in peer-led sessions as well as tutor-led work groups. Key employability skills are embedded throughout. These include: Analysis, problem solving & decision making, communication, ICT, numeracy & financial literacy, planning & organisation and team work and collaboration, as well as creativity and enterprise. 

Advanced Script Workshop 2 20 credits

The module is the last step before students either enter the industry or move on to Masters level. In this module, they are encouraged to use the work-shopping skills that they have developed over the previous five semesters to give and receive constructive criticism in peer-led sessions as well as tutor-led work groups. Key employability skills are embedded throughout. These include: Analysis, problem solving & decision making, communication, ICT, numeracy & financial literacy, planning & organisation and team work and collaboration, as well as creativity and enterprise.

Advanced Poetry Workshop 1 20 credits

The focus on published collections encourages students to focus on how a poet's'voice' is developed and how individual poems are collated to inform the collection asa whole.

Advanced Poetry Workshop 2 20 credits

Students will be working at an advanced level, demonstrating the skills both critical and creative necessary to succeed in the world of contemporary poetry. Work-based learning will be included in student interaction with guest speakers – poets who are published and viewed as leading writers in their field.

Advanced Prose Workshop 1 20 credits

This module is designed to encourage the student to use the technical, cognitive and narrative skills they have acquired to produce a writing portfolio and reflection, using their own strengths and those of the community of writers of which they are a part. As the workshops are based each week on prepared readings of peer students' draft work, suggestions for wider reading and giving thoughtful and detailed critiques, a student's individual contribution is of great importance. The portfolio may consist of fiction or creative non-fiction. The research portfolio further develops good habits in terms of writing for publication and understanding the market.

Advanced Prose Workshop 2 20 credits

This module is designed to encourage the student to use the technical, cognitive andnarrative skills they have acquired to produce a writing portfolio and reflection, usingtheir own strengths and those of the community of writers of which they are a part.As the workshops are based each week on self-chosen areas of writerly concern andprepared readings of peer students' draft work, suggestions for wider reading andgiving thoughtful and detailed critiques, a student's individual contribution is of greatimportance. The students will have the opportunity to work in a team and to take aleadership role. The portfolio may consist of fiction or creative non-fiction. Thereflective essay further develops understanding of writing as a craft, examining boththeory and technique, with application to the student's own creative practice.

Digital Writing 20 credits

This module enables students to develop an understanding of writing for digitalplatforms and skillsets necessary to produce digital content. Over the semesterstudents will not only discover the creative possibilities of writing for online platformsbut also the career opportunities in this field of writing. The module will look atdiverse areas of text and writing online, from media characters portrayed in socialnetworking, bloggers, viral campaigns, podcasts, music production and participatoryprojects to location based storytelling. The module is open to new and emergingpossibilities and platforms.

Writer at Work: Portfolio 20 credits

The module will be a mix of class and group activities, sessions with guest speakers, and independent research and planning. It will draw on the expertise of the university's Student Futures team, alongside the subject-specific knowledge of the module teaching team, and a range of guest speakers from the creative industries, to deepen students' understanding of potential employment opportunities and to help them map and plan their own routes towards this. Through a series of guided activities, students will be enabled to reflect on their existing skills and experience, identify areas for development, and explore ways of presenting themselves as writers and creative-industry professionals. They will also develop their skills in research, analytical writing and clear written communication, through researching case studies in the creative industries and writing these up in a comparative analytical study.

Writer at Work: Project 20 credits

This module builds on key employability skills providing a work-based learningopportunity whilst also continuing to develop students' skill sin research andanalytical writing suitable for postgraduate study.

Independent Study 20 credits

This module allows students to pursue an individually devised creative project in Creative Writing at an advanced level. Students who wish to take this module will apply in writing and their application may be refused. Students on the module submit a proposal to the module leader who then offers their comments, refining the objectives of the study into an agreed form, at which stage the module leader assigns the student a supervising tutor. The module provides the student with an opportunity to pursue a project which is not accommodated elsewhere in the programme.

Creative Writing Work Based Learning 20 credits

This module provides Creative Writing students with the opportunity to widen their direct knowledge of working practices within a field where they can use the skills acquired on their programme, to widen their contacts and to assess their skills within an experiential context. Students negotiate a learning contract with an employer and a tutor and are assessed on their written account of the content and relevance of their work experience to the Creative Writing degree.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online activities, writing workshops, film screenings and production group work. We make extensive use of our virtual learning environment, Canvas, to provide course information, further reading and peer interaction.

Work-related Learning

You will have opportunities to complete professional work experience in both Level 5 and 6. The Writer at Work module in your final year also gives you a chance to step inside the writers world by pursuing your own project. This could be anything from organising a poetry festival to placing the idea for a novel with a literary agent, or planning the production of a film. Alternatively you can take up a work placement in your chosen field.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support.

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide one-to-one support over the three years of the course. Their role is to give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently according to the type of assessment they are given, and so you will be assessed by a combination of coursework, exams and group productions. Coursework includes essays, reviews, individual and group presentations, individual and group critical self-evaluation, logbooks, self-reflective group portfolios, research exercises, individual work-based learning reports and dissertations. Exams may be seen or unseen and may include class tests. Group productions of audio-visual artefacts include photo-storyboards, vox-pops, and factual and fictional video productions.

Your tutors will provide feedback on your assessments within 15 working days of submission and you will receive regular feedback on draft creative work submitted to workshops. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning.

Sarah Maclennan

Sarah Maclennan

Programme leader.

Sarah gained a BA and MA with LJMU, then worked for Property Services and Student Support. She has taught at LJMU since 2006, and is now the Programme Leader in Creative Writing. In 2013, Sarah won an LJMU Amazing Teaching Award. Sarah is a founder member of the Merseyside Literature Partnership, and is a trustee of a small arts organisation that promotes poetry in Merseyside.

The third year Writer at Work module, unique to LJMU, gives you a chance to step inside the writer's world by pursuing your own project, be it organising a poetry festival, placing the idea for a novel with a literary agent, or planning the production of a film.

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpools growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, TV studios, radio suites, green screen, editing rooms and news rooms, social spaces, and a caf. It is only a short walk from LJMUs Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics/ Numeracy.

GCSE Equivalences accepted: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

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Maximum AS UCAS Points: 20

Extended Diploma: DMM-DDM

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Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Pass overall with a minimum of 112 points

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Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications.

You need to obtain the required UCAS points from a related subject area.

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6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or  equivalent English language proficiency test .

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UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here .

We are looking for students with a critical and practical enthusiasm for the written arts and media in general and film, publishing and performance in particular.

The kind of essential skills that you will need to include in your application are: You will be able to work on your own or as part of a group. Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to seminars, workshops and give presentations. Good analytical skills, so that you can critically assess films and written texts. You should have an enthusiasm for film and reading and writing.

Desirable Skills: Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays and projects. Time management, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis. Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed.

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BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing and Film and Television Studies

The Creative and Professional Writing &,  Media, Film and Television Studies  degree course provides an opportunity for students to develop their own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with Film analysis and theory. 

Why choose this course?

The Creative and Professional Writing &,  Media, Film and Television Studies  degree course provides an opportunity for students to develop their own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with Film analysis and theory. The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which students can create different forms and styles of writing, whilst developing a scholarly understanding of film.

The study of Creative Professional Writing, Film and Television Studies will help students to communicate more effectively in writing, and enable them to enhance their own creative and critical judgement. Students will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.

What's unique about this course?

  • Creative and Professional Writing and Film Studies graduates have gone on to pursue a diverse selection of graduate careers in the public and private sector. 
  • The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which students can create different forms and styles of writing, whilst developing a scholarly understanding of film.
  • Enables you to think critically, reflectively and creatively about writing and film. Source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the production of creative and professional writing, and film criticism.

What happens on the course?

Your writing modules will fall broadly into three categories: Craft of Writing modules, Reading as a Writer modules, and Working as a Writer modules. Craft modules focus on you as a writer and are designed to help you explore your creative imagination whilst developing the skills required to express it. Reading as a Writer modules are designed teach you how to read with an eye for technique: the emphasis here will be on what you can learn from other writers across a spectrum of styles and genres. Working as a Writer modules have a vocational dimension and offer the opportunity to develop skills that will enhance your employability as a writer.

The Film Studies Team has a wealth of expertise across a variety of film forms and national cinemas, which include popular film genres such as The Western, gangster, science fiction and film noir.

Film Studies students are taught how to analyse individual film texts and to relate film to history and social and cultural processes. You will have the opportunity to examine representations of class, gender, ethnicity and identity by studying film genres, movements and national cinemas, including European and non-Western films as well as Hollywood classics. Students will examine film as an art and as an industrial product. Throughout the programme you will engage with critical and theoretical debates relevant to the subject.

Course Modules

This module aims to: acquaint students to a wide range of ideas about language and writing; develop a foundational understanding of language, text and the craft of writing for future creative and professional writing experiences; enable students to make informed judgments about the nature and function of language and writing; and apply their understanding by writing original texts.

The module focuses on film and television form and visual style. It provides an introduction to the key elements of screen language; which is examined through sections on mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound. The module provides the tools for textual analysis of film and television. In addition the module introduces academic skills in constructing bibliographies and in using databases for film and television studies on the internet.

This module will explore a broad and inclusive selection of poetry from different periods of literary history and representing diverse voices, including Black, Asian, and minority ethnic poets from global backgrounds. Using these examples, our emphasis will be on learning techniques for formal analysis (close reading), creative expression (writing poetry), and performance. We will consider aspects of reading, writing, and performing poetry, including form, rhythm and meter, diction, figurative language and sound. We will also consider the development of particular genres (e.g. the ballad, the sonnet) and forms (e.g. blank verse, free verse) over time and across cultures, from the medieval period to the present, with an emphasis on the reader expectations that accrue around poetic forms and genres.

This module will teach students how to read with an eye for technique. It will focus on how writing is structured and the various ways in which authors create compelling narratives. It will address a variety of modes of writing and genres including novels, short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction, and tap into reading and critical theories. Students will be given the opportunity to experiment creatively within those modes, and reflect on what can be learned from the study of other people's work.

This module aims to introduce you to a variety of factual genres encompassing national and trans-national perspectives. As hybridity is seen now as an essential characteristic of factuality, this module analyses the boundaries between fact and fiction in various popular factual formats and examines a variety of critical approaches and perspectives by scholars and practitioners of film and media in relation to the production of documentary and reality TV.

This module will introduce students to the devices and concepts of narrative structure in film, and provide models with which to analyse narrative and its various functional elements. We will consider the particular aspects of film narrative, and how these have been drawn from and, in turn, influenced other narrative forms. This will include addressing the processes through which written and graphic text, and dramatic performance, become transferred and adapted into film narrative. These issues will be explored further through a group assessment exercise in which a scene from a short written narrative will be adapted into a scene from a screenplay.

This module aims to explore and analyse what is meant by & lsquo;representation& rsquo;. It engages with themes and debates concerning the conventional techniques, the effects, and the politics of representation and cinema/television, and uses these tools to analyse the filmic representations of social constructs such as gender, & lsquo;race& rsquo;, class and sexual identity.

This module studies the personal essay across a range of cultures and periods, examining its diversity, its formal properties and its social and personal value as witness to oppression, a form of consciousness- raising, personal testimony and literature. This module also takes from other similar forms such as memoir and biography to offer the students a wide array of techniques and approaches to writing about the self.

This module explores contemporary culture’s continuous reworking of texts across different media. It investigates film and television adaptation as a heightened example of postmodern approaches to originality and authorship which encourage us to think of “all texts as intertexts, all reading as rereading, all writing as rewriting” (Leitch 2005, p.239). The sessions explore historical explanations of adaptation, from fidelity analysis to dialogism, and apply these ideas to diverse adaptations of both canonical and non-canonical sources.

In this module you'll research the readership and style of various magazines, websites (including blog spaces) and organisations, with a view to writing perfectly pitched feature articles. You will learn the varied forms of the feature and get practical experience of working on real-world publication ideas. This practical experience will also include the establishment, design and up-keep of an independent blog space, to provide a working knowledge of journalism/feature writing online. You will also have to produce a professional profile for yourself as a writer. Practical application is emphasised in this module and the assessment is relevant to the current freelance writing industry.

This module aims to integrate the critical reading of horror and speculative fiction with the student's own choice of writing assignment. You will examine theories of representation in various forms and cultures and consider past and contemporary markets, publication outlets and trends for horror and speculative fiction texts. Especial attention will be paid to ways in which the horror and speculative fiction genres can be made more diverse and inclusive by means of addressing contemporary debates around sex, gender, race, class and health through fiction.

This module takes a particular case study (or case studies) of a chosen global cinema. It begins with an appraisal of authorship, stardom, narrative structure and contemporary trends within the global cinema example and also considers specific regional production in terms of realism, stylistic development, and censorship. The module aims to analyse the various forms and styles of the particular global cinema example within the appropriate historical, ideological, economic and cultural contexts. It also aims to evaluate and synthesise critical debate surrounding films from the particular case study.

This module addresses the revolutionary drive in filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s in a variety of national cinemas, including the French Nouvelle Vague, the British New Wave and some non-Western cinemas. These films challenged the social status quo by drawing attention to the reality of life for working class people. The style of these films was innovative, based on location shooting with a documentary feel. This module will put the films into their historical context, while at the same time commenting on the originality of their themes and the pioneering techniques used in making them.

In this module students will develop an understanding of the narrative approaches used in writing crime and psychological thriller fiction. We will also consider the different target groups these works may be written for. Students will analyse examples of crime and thriller fiction, and then use their acquired knowledge of the conventions and possibilities in those genre to create and evaluate examples of their own crime and thriller writing. Throughout the semester, students will be given the opportunity to present work and receive feedback for such work, in both written and verbal form. This will culminate in a portfolio assessment at the end of the semester, where written feedback will again be provided.

The module aims to bring a number of theories of spectatorship and reception to bear on spectacular films such as the epic, the blockbuster, and the musical, analysing them through historical and contemporary perspectives The module will engage with narrative theory as relevant to spectacle and will also consider the role of spectacle in the documentary film. The module will also examine the notion of transgressive pleasure in the spectacle of violence on screen.

The module aims to study the interrelationship of film, science and the construction of gender, looking at science fiction, medical film and television drama, documentary and factual film material. It examines representations of science within science fiction and fantasy and moves to representations of medical science and its institutions, stressing the importance of discourse as a critical tool. Its underpinning theoretical approaches include Kristevan and Freudian psychoanalysis.

The module aims to provide for the initiation of an in-depth individual writing project focussing specifically on the production of a first novel. The module will address some of the issues involved in researching and developing an extended narrative. Students will create the opening of an original novel together with a synopsis of the complete story and an account of how the project might be marketed once complete. Combining both classroom-based teaching, independent study, and tutor supervision, it aims to help students create the kind of documentation required to approach prospective publishers.

We live in a time of fraught climate, ecology and nature debates and poetry is taking a centre stage in these discussions. This module is a creative exploration the cutting-edge practices of Geopoetics - The Expression of the Earth. This module will develop your awareness of geological, ecological and geographical debates and concerns and consider how the Earth Sciences can be used in conjunction with poetry. You will be encouraged to offer your own creative voices to the existing poetic conversations about nature, climate and the living world.

The Creative and Professional Writing Project enables you to work independently in an area of your choice and under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff, who then serves as the supervisor of that project. It allows you an opportunity to pursue an interest in a given subject/issue related to creative or professional writing or to produce extended creative writings to a greater depth and breadth than before. At the same time, it provides you with the chance to display the skills in organisation and research methods you’ve acquired in previous modules, as well as to demonstrate your mastery of the craft of creative and professional writing.

The aim of this module is to Familiarise you with the scope of employment and enterprise opportunities available to graduates engaged in the active pursuit of a career in the creative industries. Enable you to effectively investigate and then demonstrate knowledge of the current professional creative industries landscape and to contextualise this in relation to your own career goals and personal development needs To assist you to identify, understand research and reference information pertinent to your personal career ambitions. To provide opportunities for you to utilise written, verbal and visual presentation techniques in order to develop your transferable skills and gain confidence in applying for and attending formal  job interviews. An opportunity to produce a body of evidence to secure the University of Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award You will produce a variety of documents/artefacts to support entry into the creative industries and actively engage in class exercises to enhance your personal development. The exact scope of these will be outlined in the assignment brief in accordance with your specialist subject.

This module examines contemporary British film and TV drama and evaluates the images within a Postmodern framework. It critically analyses film language and TV style in contemporary texts within the context of specific genres.

The various futures of writing involve a number of emerging practices. Good writers and editors can put their skills to use in a myriad of professional careers, including content writing and editing, book and magazine publishing, corporate communication, podcast writing, video games, publishing, web content development, arts promotion, advocacy, and many others. Although the career opportunities are wide and various for this discipline, all of them assume that practitioners have learned to handle text professionally and can apply key skills in a variety of industry contexts.   In this module, you will learn different writing skills and registers to build your own portfolio as a professional writer. You will become familiar with professional fields such as marketing, content writing, podcasts, video games, journalism, and more. You will also explore other aspects of the professional writing career such as having a writing routine, dealing with rejection, creating professional relationships with agents and publishers, finding a writing community and many more.   Assignments will build your skills in document design, writing in multiple modes and media, usability testing to develop more accessible texts, and ethical considerations for communication in professional settings.  

This module follows on from 6CW001 Writing the Novel: Planning, Process & Preparation with the unique aim to enable you to continue to develop a longer work of prose at UG level. Since you will have already completed the first 4,000 words of an original novel together with a synopsis of the complete story as part of your 6CW001 submission, this complementary follow-on module will take you beyond those first chapters, enabling you to have the vision of the whole work as you continuing writing towards a mid-way point and/or beyond. This module will, therefore, be completely unique in its pedagogical strategy by tailoring weekly module content according to your collective and individual writing objectives. This will mean a fair percentage of self-directed study to further your creative process and in terms of meeting more personalised learning outcomes. For example, as per your requests, we might focus upon managing the genre balance or ensemble cast storylines; the techniques used in narrative tension for story arcs; instigating subtexts out of contexts. In essence, you will take ownership over your own learning as devised from your own practice. Module teaching will, therefore, be a combination of seminar and workshop, peer review, tutor supervision and peer mentoring, close reading analysis, publication pitches, guest speakers, and self-promotion techniques. You will look to complete the next 4,000 words of your project, including an account of how the project will add to existing canons, and how it may be pitched to prospective publishers.

Potential Career Paths

Postgraduate study, additional information.

Everything you need to know about this course!

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The course is one of the few in the country to combine Film Studies with Creative and Professional Writing in an integrated programme.
  • All of the films on the course are screened at the Light House Media Centre, the only media centre of its type in the West Midlands. Light House contains two cinemas with full size HD and 35mm screenings.
  • The Creative Professional Writing course is taught by published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines (fiction, poetry, journalism, critical writing and scholarship).

The members of academic staff who lead this course are  Paul McDonald  & Manuel Hernandez

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing,
  • Articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to creative and professional writing, and film within a multicultural context.
  • Think critically, reflectively and creatively about writing and film.
  • Source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the production of creative and professional writing, and film criticism.
  • Demonstrate key employment skills (eg. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups).

Course Fees and Finance

Additional course costs.

Additional Field Trips: At least £100 for field trips.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided during your studies.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure , with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (96 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at merit)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the  International Foundation Year in Social Sciences  guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see  for further information.

What our students say

“Before enrolling on CPW and Film at the University of Wolverhampton I was an aspiring writer with an interest in horror only. Since then I've learned about new styles and genres: humour writing, travel writing, journalism, short stories, novels, writing for children and much more. There is so much diversity on this course I was never bored and I learned so much about the world of writing, and about myself as a writer.”

Andrew Heaton (CPW and Film graduate)

“The course can only get better as each year the staff are working hard to better the modules they already teach and are creating new interesting modules for new students to have the opportunity to learn! It is a great course to take which allows students to enjoy what they learn, not just because they have to.”

Fiona Robinson (Graduate)

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Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


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Film Studies and Creative Writing

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Film Studies and Creative Writing - BA (Hons)

Combining the study of film and creative writing at Keele offers exciting opportunities to explore the modern and historical contexts of moving image culture and literary genres. You will deepen your knowledge of cinematic and literary styles through the analysis and composition of screenplays, poetry and prose. You will develop a critical approach towards your learning and creative practice, through the discussion of key films, texts and theories, and in the supportive atmosphere of student-oriented seminars and workshops. Practical options also offer you the chance to write and produce your own films, using the resources of our dedicated Media Building.

Year of entry

  • 2024 - for 2024 entry see here - for 2023 entry see here

Course type

  • Single Honours
  • Keele University campus

Subject area / School

  • School of Humanities

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Film Studies and Creative Writing at Keele University?

Reasons to choose film studies and creative writing.

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Course overview

Film Studies and Creative Writing at Keele enables you to develop theoretical and practical skills in the analysis and production of both film and literature. You will engage in critical discussion of key texts, genres, and theories of film and literary style. You will explore film and literature from a historical perspective, considering variations and influences across cultures and time.

Distinctively, the course at Keele offers you the chance to explore the relationship between film and writing, and how these two modes of expression work together. You will gain an understanding of narrative form and screenplays, and their central role in cinematic production. You will also have the opportunity to hone your skills in the composition of poetry and prose forms.

You will look deeply at the processes behind screen media, evaluating how they have changed over time, examining contemporary trends, and considering how they might look in the future. Through building your awareness of both theory and practice, drawing on opportunities to study screenwriting and film-making, you will learn to critically analyse and communicate your ideas effectively and professionally.

The experience and skills obtained on the course, such as the ability to refine arguments and present and create content, will be valuable for future employment across a range of possible careers such as film making, screenwriting and videography.

Work Placements

Having the opportunity to undertake a placement is a valuable experience which will enable you to demonstrate and develop your skill set further. Through this course you will become a creative individual with the ability to critically evaluate, synthesise and produce content effectively through various methods.

There may be an option to do a work placement module. This could provide you with a platform to work within an organisation, and further develop your professional skills. You will identify an organisation based on your interests, with the guidance of the module tutors, and will spend a semester engaging with projects and tasks set out by the employer, as well as taught sessions at university.

You may choose to apply for a Work Placement Year that allows you to apply your knowledge and prepare for employment after university through a year long placement. This will enable you to build your confidence in the workplace and demonstrate your abilities in a professional environment, using the skills you have gained throughout your degree programme. You will be supported to prepare for your placement with advice on CV writing and cover letters, as well as the chance to attend Q&A workshops to discuss individual experiences with alumni and employers. This is a valuable, character-building experience where you will develop both personally and professionally.

Study Abroad

International year.

Enhance your career prospects with an International Year at one of our partner institutions. Utilising this opportunity between 2nd and 3rd year can help in your employment search to stand out from the crowd and broaden your horizons, potentially working across the globe.

On successful completion of all modules across the year, you will graduate with an enhanced degree title. This can be highly beneficial for your career prospects and through experiencing different cultures; you will not only grow as an individual, but you will also strengthen your knowledge and interests within society. You can find more information here.

Alternatively, you may choose to study abroad for just a semester in your second year which will count towards your second-year grades. Our Global Opportunities team will support you through the process, ensuring you are able to get the most out of your international experience.

Learn a Language

Discover languages at Keele: whether you are a complete beginner or already have a foundation of knowledge, we offer a flexible and guided route to developing your skills. We currently offer British Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Being multilingual can assist with your career prospects and encourage you to stand out against competition, as well as increasing your employment prospects overseas.

Related courses

  • Creative Writing
  • Film Studies
  • Film Studies and Media
  • Film Studies and Music Production
  • English Literature and Film Studies
  • English Literature and Creative Writing
  • How to apply

Why I love my course

Juliette, Film Studies and Creative Writing student, tells us why she loves her course at Keele.


Additional opportunities, the keele difference.

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course. Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

Entry requirements

Keele strives to be a place where learning, living and working is a positive experience for our entire community, and we're committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all our applicants with the potential and motivation to succeed, regardless of background. That's why we operate a range of 'alternative offer' schemes with clear eligibility criteria, including contextual offers, offers for those studying within the Keele region, and recognising a range of additional qualifications in your offer. If you are looking for the 2023 schemes please see here .

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate's application.

Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom and International students .

Not got the grades?

If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, you may be able to gain entry to this course via a Foundation Year .

Preparation programmes for international students

International students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for this course have the opportunity to study an International Foundation Year programme .

These courses are designed to prepare international students to enter into Keele University undergraduate degrees.


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The following section details our typical entry requirements for this course for a range of UK and international qualifications. If you don’t see your qualifications listed, please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications. If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, you may be able to gain entry to this course via a Foundation Year .

Typical offer

Please ensure that you read the full entry requirements by selecting your qualifications from the dropdown menu below. This will include any subject specific, GCSE/Level 2 Maths, and English Language requirements you may need.

Please select your qualification from the drop-down list below for the full entry requirement information

BBC in three A levels

You will also need: an English language qualification (see below)

BTEC Extended Diploma / National Extended Diploma

Btec national diploma / diploma.

Distinction and Merit in any BTEC National Diploma / Diploma and C in one A Level, or Merit and Merit in BTEC Diploma and A in one A Level

BTEC National Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma

Distinction in any BTEC National Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma and CC in two A Levels, or Merit in any BTEC National Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma and BB in two A Levels

Merit in any T level

International Baccalaureate Diploma

554 in three Higher Levels or 29 points

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme

We encourage applications with the IBCP but recognise that your combination of qualifications may differ depending on where you are studying.

If you are taking a BTEC National Diploma / Diploma with one or more Higher Levels, your offer will be similar to our BTEC + A level offer (see 'BTEC National Diploma / Diploma') but with an HL requirement of 6 for A, 5 for B, or 4 for C.

For any other combination, please contact the University Admissions Team for advice.

Access to HE Diploma

112 UCAS points in any Access to HE Diploma including Distinction in at least 15 Level 3 credits

Welsh Baccalaureate / Bagloriaeth Cymru

The Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate is equivalent to one full A Level at the same grade and can be included alongside 2 other A Levels in a standard A Level offer for this course (see A Level). All subject specific requirements will still need to be met.

Scotland - Highers and Advanced Highers

BCCCC in five Highers, or CD in two Advanced Highers and CC in two Highers, or CCD in three Advanced Highers.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

If you have B or higher in the EPQ and are studying A Levels, BTEC, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or an Access to HE Diploma, you will typically receive an alternative offer which will be lower than the standard offer. Please see 'Alternative and contextual offers' below.

If you have B or higher in Core Maths and are studying A Levels, BTEC, the International Baccalaureate, or an Access to HE Diploma, you will typically receive an alternative offer which will be lower than the standard offer. Please see 'Alternative and contextual offers' below.

Ireland - Leaving Certificate

H3, H4, H4, H4, H4, H4 in the Irish Leaving Certificate.

China - Gaokao

70% in the Gaokao.

India - Standard XII

Average of 65% from four subjects in the ICSE, CBSE or Western Bengal Standard XII, or average of 70% from four subjects in any other Standard XII.

Germany - Abitur

2.4 overall average in the Abitur.

France - Baccalaureate

12 in the French Baccalaureate or 11.5 in the International Option Baccalaureate.

Hong Kong - Diploma

443 from two electives and one core subject in the HKDSE.

Spain - Bachillerato

Overall average of 7 in the Título de Bachillerato.

Italy - Diploma di Esame di Stato

75% in the Esame di Stato.

Cyprus - Apolytirion

17.5 / 83% in the Apolytirion.

Overall average of 15 in a secondary certificate.

Canada - Diploma

60% / BCCCC in five courses in the Grade 12 Diploma.

Kenya - KCSE / Diploma

We do not accept the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education for direct entry. However, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year at Keele University International College. On successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at Keele.

We may accept a two year Diploma. Please contact the University Admissions Team for advice.

Nigeria - Senior School Certificate / OND

We do not accept the Senior School Certificate (WAEC or NECO) for direct entry. However, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year at Keele University International College. On successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at Keele.

We may accept an Ordinary National Diploma with GPA of 2.5 or a Merit / Lower Credit. Please contact the University Admissions Team for advice.

USA - Advanced Placement

443 from three Advanced Placement subjects.

We do not accept the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for direct entry. However, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year at Keele University International College. On successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at Keele.

Sri Lanka - Advanced Level

BBC in three Advanced Levels.

Malaysia - STPM

BBC in three subjects in the STPM.

Pakistan - Secondary School Certificate

We do not accept the Secondary School Certificate for direct entry. However, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year at Keele University International College. On successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at Keele.

Singapore - A Levels (H2)

BBC in three H2 Levels.

European Baccalaureate

70% overall.

English Language Requirements

All of our courses require an English language qualification or test. For most students, this requirement can be met with a 4 or C in GCSE English. Please see our English Language guidance pages for further details, including English language test information for international students. For those students who require an English language test, this course requires a test from Group A.

Alternative and contextual offers

We're committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all our applicants with the potential and motivation to succeed, regardless of background. That's why we operate a range of alternative offer schemes with clear eligibility criteria, including contextual offers, offers for those studying within the Keele region, and recognising a range of additional qualifications in your offer.

General information

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the typical offer which would be made to candidates, along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate's application.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024/25 academic year.

  • International: Band 2

For details of our international fee bands please see our Undergraduate tuition fees web page.

Going to university can be a daunting as well as an exciting experience. It can be difficult to understand the true costs of being a student, as well as the financial support that is available to help you meet those costs.

Our Student Financial Support team offers confidential advice and guidance to help you to manage your money, so that you can make the most of your time at Keele. We can help you to resolve issues with your Student Finance, create a budget, and help you to explore your options if you’re facing financial hardship. We are also able to ensure that you receive any funding for which you may be eligible, such as bursaries and scholarships.

View our money advice and guidance section for information on tuition fees.

For more information visit our undergraduate fees and funding section .


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Your future career

95% of our students are in employment or further study within 15 months of finishing their studies (HESA Graduate Outcomes, 2019/20)

Enhance your employability

A degree in Film Studies and Creative Writing will prepare you for various employment opportunities including jobs in the screen and print media industries. Through the study, analysis and creative composition of screen media and written forms, you will be equipped with key transferable skills in communication, research and analysis, as well as practical content-production methods that can be applied across a range of industries.

You will have a clear awareness of both technology and the evolving screen media and literary worlds, and how you can provide your expertise in an area of interest, working independently or with a team. This experience will enhance your organisational skills, as well as your ability to develop ideas and showcase your talent.

You may wish to explore the following careers:

  • Film making
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Content Writer
  • Television production
  • Broadcasting
  • Videography
  • Photography

Keele’s Careers and Employability team (Shortlisted for Best University Careers Employment Service - National Undergraduate Employability Awards, 2021), offers a variety of personal and career development opportunities to enhance your employability.

From mock interviews, careers guidance and CV advice, to careers fairs, alumni mentoring and networking events, along with helping you find part-time and graduate employment - the team will support you throughout your studies and beyond.

Find out more about our careers and employability services , including career planning, alumni mentoring, jobs, internships, starting your own business and much more.


Teaching, learning and assessment.

You will be taught by staff actively involved in the fields of film, media and literature, including film-makers, film- and literature researchers, poets and novelists. Their shared expertise and engagement will help you to explore current trends and topics in the screen media and literary fields, providing you with a fresh, contemporary and informed perspective.

You will engage with numerous teaching methods, encouraging you to discuss topics with academics and peers, so you can develop your own critical approach towards analysis. Thought-provoking seminars and peer-review workshops will allow you to explore important questions, and refine your ideas through research, argument and creative practice.

You will be challenged and stimulated through a range of assessment methods designed to enhance your personal and professional development, demonstrate your communication, organisational and analytical skills, and also refine your collaborative skills.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Essays and dissertations
  • Recorded presentations
  • Video essays
  • Screenplay treatments
  • Short- and documentary film production
  • Reflective diaries/analyses
  • Creative writing portfolios


At Keele, you will enjoy the use of dedicated teaching spaces including a specially equipped screening room. If you choose to take practical modules, you will also have access to filmmaking equipment, providing you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience to practice your skills and create a portfolio of work. You will learn how to use equipment and build your skill set throughout the process, including editing; building a portfolio of work ready to showcase to employers.

We also have dedicated, exclusive spaces such as the Creative Writing Room, where students and lecturers will meet to discuss and hone their works-in-progress, or get inspiration from the hearing of shared ideas.

Media Building

Explore our specialised editing suites in the Media Building, open for students taking practical modules. The facilities are open for you to implement and challenge your practical skills alongside your theoretical learning.

You will have access to our photographic studio and Apple Macintosh labs. These will provide you with the technical resources to develop and present your skills in your chosen area of practice. Using the professional-standard equipment on offer will also further enhance your employability prospects.

Keele University Library

Our library holds a wide range of written and visual material that you will have access to for your course. There are also designated study spaces for individual or group work which will be useful when completing your theoretical work and having the space to share ideas with peers. This can be a useful time to brainstorm ideas, work on storyboarding and editing content.

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our  January pages  for further details.

Course content

Our  Foundation Year  allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Film Studies and Creative Writing degree. For example, the Foundations of Humanities 1 module introduces you to the broad range of source material across the Humanities disciplines - from media to history which enables us to analyse political, social or economic perspectives and attitudes to individuals, marginal groups and 'mainstream' society. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Beetle Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year  homepage . 

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one modules

Semester two modules.

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements.

  • Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience
  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or  Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests) 

How to apply 

Students should Apply for  BA (Hons) Film Studies and Creative Writing with Foundation Year ( UCAS code: PW39)  through UCAS at 

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the  Admissions Office directly.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage .

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website .


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Film Studies, B.A.

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The Internship Program Maintains Relationships with Over 90 Local, National, and International Film-Related Agencies

Film Industry Spending in North Carolina

Follow our alumni into film-related careers, including:

Gain experience overseeing a film’s production including coordinating writing, directing, editing, and financing.

Learn to guide actors and crew in fulfilling the artistic vision for a film.

Learn to write screenplays for film and television.

Practice collecting, editing, and creating sound effects and music for film and television.

AKA director of photography — make artistic and technical decisions relation to capturing the image.

Establish the look and ambience for a film.

More than animation, these artists rely heavily on typography to bring titles, credits and other parts of the film to life.

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Sharpen your critical eye

Gain pre-production, production, & post-production skills

Expand your knowledge of film history and aesthetics

Apply your learning in professional contexts

“ There’s so much freedom with what we can do here. We can do things traditionally or we can be innovative. Everyone’s so willing to work with us on how to best create a product that adds to film history and to film as a discipline. ”

Analytical and Artistic

Through film studies, you will learn to see film as an artistic medium, a cultural expression, a rhetorical device, a technical production, and a commercial enterprise.

You develop your analytical, research and writing skills, as well as your creative and technical abilities.

The Expressive Language of Motion Pictures

You start with FST 200, Introduction to Film Study, sometime in your first or second year.

Admission to the major is based solely upon your grade in FST 200, so we recommend waiting until at least your second term. Get used to university life and academic expectations, then tackle this gateway course.

In FST 200, you learn the expressive language of motion pictures (cinematography, editing, composition, performance, sound, narrative) — essential to all filmmakers and cinema scholars.

Each week, you watch films drawn from diverse styles, periods and genres. You analyze shots and scenes, write papers and take regular quizzes and exams.

Work with Experts in Small Classes

We welcome 120 students into our major each academic year. Explore our program's curriculum and facilities, schedule a tour and ask your questions through this site. (Check out our new film center !)

Your classes won’t be very big. Film studies courses provide individual attention, instructor access, hands-on learning and meaningful class discussion.

You study with the expert faculty in this department and with scholars from other parts of the university, including the Cameron School of Business . Filmmaking professionals share their expertise during master classes and special events.

Hands-on production classes begin once you are a major. More than 20 film studies courses teach movie production and equipment. Film studies majors make about 500 motion pictures every year — from short exercises to polished projects. Your courses may also include scriptwriting, editing, animation and acting.

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Learn Film from Every Angle

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The Place to Launch Your Vision

The new film studies production space offers students hands-on training in digital cinematography, digital editing, sound recording, design and mixing and the ability to screen their own work.

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Visions Film Festival & Conference

The international Visions Film Festival & Conference offers a unique opportunity for passionate film students to indulge in an environment full of artistic expression and showcase their own work.

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Juried Student Screening

Students start making movies as soon as they become film studies majors. More than 500 motion picture projects and exercises are produced annually, and each semester culminates with a juried student screening.

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Sample Courses in a Film Studies Major

How do i get into film studies.

First,  apply to UNCW and enroll.

Sign up for FST 200, and come to the Film Studies department office for a “Film Studies Major Application." Sign the form and turn it in.

We review applications after that term’s grades have posted—mid-May or mid-December. Your grade in FST 200 is the only thing we look at.

Before being admitted to Film Studies, you may declare a pre-Film Studies Major (PFST). This opens the door to Film Studies advisors and to majors-only courses, like FST 201 Introduction to Film Production.

If you’re transferring into UNCW, this process may go faster, depending on your prior coursework. Talk to your admissions counselor.

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Learn more about the Department

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Communication studies.

Learn and apply a broad range of communication skills and concepts (e.g., interpersonal, collaborative, and persuasive communication, etc.), while pursuing mastery of video production.

Entrepreneurship & Business Development

If the business side of film interests you, consider a second major or a minor in entrepreneurship.

Creative Writing, BFA

UNCW’s BFA offers sought-after credentials in writing and publishing to undergraduates with a wide range of career interests.

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs to consider next, m.a. in film studies.

A two-year Master of Arts degree in the history, theory, and aesthetics of cinema.

MFA in Filmmaking

UNCW’s MFA in Filmmaking is an immersive three-year terminal degree program that prepares students to be complete filmmakers.

MFA in Creative Writing

An intensive, three-year studio-academic experience in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

B.A. in Cinema Studies

As a student in the Martin Scorsese Department of Cinema Studies, you will focus on the history, theory, and criticism of motion pictures and related media, examining cinema as both an art form and as a form of mass culture.  Graduates of our program have gone on to successful careers in teaching, archival work, journalism, screenwriting, multimedia, network television, and filmmaking.

You’ll spend your four years taking a mixture of courses in the Martin Scorsese Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch, and other schools at NYU.

Cinema Studies

Courses in the Martin Scorsese Department of Cinema Studies are divided into four tiers.  Over your four years in the department, you’ll take a mixture of courses from each tier to complete the requirements for your major. 

The core curriculum for Cinema Studies majors includes five courses taken in sequence: Intro to Cinema Studies, Film History, Film Theory, Television: History & Culture, and an Advanced Seminar.  Recent Advanced Seminar topics have included Adaptation, Costume Design, Horror, Sci-Fi & Difference, Orson Welles, and Surrealism and Cinema .

Small lecture classes will give you the opportunity to delve into specific topics in the areas of film auteurs, genres, movements, national cinemas, television studies, and special topics.  Course topics change each semester, so there’s always something new to learn.  Recent topics have included American Film of the 1960s & 70s, Choreography and the Moving Image, Hitchcock, Korean Cinema, The Sitcom  and Special Effects .

Large lecture courses will give you a survey of American and international film history.  Each fall, courses focus on cinema up to 1960.  Each spring, courses focus on cinema from 1960 to the present.

Small theory/practice courses allow you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice in the areas of screenwriting, film criticism, and forms of filmmaking as well as other modes of moving image production such as new media.

General Education

Outside of Cinema Studies, you will complete a sequence of liberal arts courses in both Tisch and the College of Arts and Science’s College Core Curriculum .

Two expository writing courses, Art and the World and The World Through Art, are designed to foster an appreciation of how arts relate to each other and to society in a changing world, reflecting on a range of social and ethical issues as they pertain to your own creativity.

Foreign Language

Fluency in a foreign language is an important skill for becoming a member of the global community.  You can either take two semesters of a language or demonstrate proficiency at an intermediate level.

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In the College Core Curriculum, you will be encouraged to engage both with your own perspectives and with the world at large by taking a sequence of courses that includes Texts and Ideas, Cultures and Contexts, and an approved social sciences course of your choosing.

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The College Core Curriculum also includes courses in Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Science to give you the knowledge you need to be an independent-minded citizen in a world increasingly shaped by science and technology.

To complement your Cinema Studies coursework, you will be required to declare a minor in a related area.  Popular minors include Producing, Creative Writing, Film Production, Business of Entertainment & Media Technology.

Your remaining coursework can be fulfilled in a variety of ways.  You can take more courses in Cinema Studies, beyond what is required.  You may choose to explore other general education coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences.  You may also take elective courses outside of either area in other departments at Tisch, or at the Stern School of Business, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, or the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development.

You are able to combine your minor and elective coursework to complete a second major in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.  You’ll have the opportunity to declare your double major once you arrive at NYU.  Popular double majors include Journalism, Dramatic Literature, and Film & Television.

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Explore the many ways writers have helped to reflect and shape the world around them.

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Why study English, Film studies and Creative Writing?

Study with us and you’ll read and write about literature in all its forms, from the Renaissance to the present day. You’ll learn from academics with expertise in a variety of specialist areas, as well as critically acclaimed poets, novelists and scriptwriters from the world-renowned Manchester Writing School, based at Manchester Met.

You’ll be joining a world-class English department, 70% of our research impact is rated as world-leading (REF21). We’ll help you build your own network among our many partners within the creative and culturally rich city of Manchester, including the opportunity to connect with alumni.  As a student, you’ll have access to Manchester Poetry Library, which aims to create an exceptional poetry research centre, a space where poetry belongs to everyone, and can be enjoyed and celebrated.

Our department encompasses three specialised areas: English, Creative Writing, and Film and Media Studies, and because these disciplines complement each other so well, you can combine different subjects and choose the path that’s right for you. 

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World-class department.

We're recognised as one of the very best universities in the UK for research power in its key strength areas including English, ranking in the top 10 for the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

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Staff include award-winning poets and writers, including winners of the Costa First Novel Award and the Ted Hughes Award.

Build your connections

We’ll help you build your own network among our many partners within the creative and culturally rich city of Manchester, one of only 28 recognised UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world.

Broadening your horizons

You’ll have access to the many conferences, readings, research programmes, festivals and competitions run by the department.

Setting for creativity

You’ll be based in our award-winning Grosvenor East building, a purpose-built hub for creativity. This inspirational teaching venue is home to a number of creative areas, including Manchester Writing School and Manchester Poetry Library, the only poetry library in the North West and the first one associated with a university.

Career prospects

Studying English, film studies and creative writing opens up a variety of career options, with many of our graduates pursuing their passions as authors, teachers, journalists and digital communications professionals. Others have continued their studies, moving on to a postgraduate course in English or publishing, or joined the 100+ published writers who have studied creative writing at Manchester Writing School.

There are multiple aspects of my degree I enjoy, including the range and diversity of content. We are encouraged to engage with a broad array of materials from plays and poems to music videos and films, in order to develop our analytical skillset beyond the textual. Aside from the content, the lecturers at Manchester Met have been incredible. Their passion for the subject has been contagious, and has encouraged me to further pursue English, at Master’s level, which I wholly attribute to my lecturer’s and their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm to the subject.

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Creative Writing and Film and Television Studies

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If you are interested in enhancing, broadening, and developing your voice and, if you want to explore, discover and immerse yourself in the words that have shaped our world through the medium of literature and media platforms, then a degree in Creative Writing and Film and Television studies at Aberystwyth University is for you. Our cross-disciplinary degree will introduce you to an ever-expanding industry, providing you with a promising and advantageous start after graduation. Learn the craft of writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and more. You will also develop the critical and analytical skills necessary for a career in a broad array of creative industries. Under the expert guidance of a team of award-winning writers you will discover hidden talents and find out what sort of writer you are. On completion of this degree you will have not only a portfolio of exceptional creative material but also the skills and attributes to flourish in any workplace that demands dexterity with the creative aspect and written word.

Course Overview

Why study Creative Writing and Film and Television studies at Aberystwyth University?

  • Our degree offers a broad curriculum that crosses the traditional boundaries of genre, form, and function.
  • Benefit from our connections with the Royal Shakespeare company, National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine, Imitating the Dog and the Magdalena Project.
  • You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, industry experts, and published authors from every field.
  • Become a student in a flourishing creative scene with a long and successful history as the spring for aspiring new talent.
  • Work experience opportunities with the largest television production companies in Wales, Bommerang +PLC, Theatr Arad Coch.
  • Explore connections between creative and critical thinking and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought.
  • Benefit from our unique collaborative relationship with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This on-campus facility is an excellent resource for staff and students alike.
  • Take advantage of the unlimited access to the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries).

All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

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Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

What career prospects are there for me?

Many of our graduates are successful writers in the fields of:

  • Non-fiction
  • Screen-writing

Some of our graduates have discovered other successful career options:

  • Marketing and Communications

What career enhancing opportunities are there for me as a student?

Aberystwyth Arts Centre will be woven integrally into your learning opportunities, permitting staff and students to come together with the shared aim of engaging, working and learning in a thriving and dynamic creative culture. Here you may showcase your work, engage and network with others, and develop lifelong skills valuable to employers in the creative industries and beyond.

Our degree will enable you to develop:

  •  the ability to express ideas and communicate information effectively in a broad range of contexts
  • outstanding skills in creating, forming and manipulating the written word
  • evidence of your ability to be an effective problem solver
  • excellent creative thinking, informed by critical rigour
  •  a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • excellent time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • self-motivation and self-reliance and have the ability to develop appropriate and effective strategies
  • valuable research skills that are trans-disciplinary and adaptable to any research context.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click  here  to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with  GO Wales and YES  (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

This degree is based on our strongly held belief that in order to become a really great writer you need to be a good reader, whilst offering you the flexibility to develop as a writer across a range of creative modes. During your first year you will develop foundational skills in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts, alongside your study of basic writing skills. Throughout the course you will use your knowledge of literature and textual production in your own creative work, exploring the relationship between creative and critical practice.

  In the first year you will discover:

  • The study of Film and Television
  • Key Historical moments, practices and methods
  • And develop your practical skills in all stages of media production process
  • A range of techniques for reading and writing fiction and poetry
  • Modes of descriptive writing
  • The importance of plot
  • The use of dialogue
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës)
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis
  • “The critical commentary” and research skills for writers.

In the second year you will explore:

  • Contemporary Theatre- making
  • European Theatre
  • Shakespeare and contemporary performance
  • New media performance and performance writing
  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism
  • Your own writing style, informed by your reading and research
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era), or theme (such as “transpositions”).

In the third year you will master:

  • Experimental media
  • Script writing
  • Narrative fiction
  • Theory for writers and the application of theoretical perspectives the production and critical evaluation of your own creative work
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year writing project (chosen and defined by you with the support of a published author)
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by writers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, queer fiction, writing for children, science fiction and fantasy, and much more.

How will I be taught?

Our course is delivered through a range of traditional and non-traditional settings with particular emphasis on workshops and discursive seminars. Lectures are not the norm but are used when it is essential to convey specific, knowledge-centred, material. One-to-one tutorials will also be a regular feature in your timetable, particularly towards the end of your programme of study.

We assess our students through portfolio submissions, essays and, on some modules, traditional examinations and presentations.

Typical Entry Requirements

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GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM

International Baccalaureate: 30-28

European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%

English Language Requirements: See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements: International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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Entry requirements.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email [email protected] with your specific details.

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Join our vibrant writing community, supported by award-winning authors and creative practitioners.

  • Wide choice of fiction, performance poetry and graphic novels to scriptwriting, nature writing and memoir.
  • Industry focused with an emphasis on developing your professional practice and employability.
  • Your projects, your way, with our support. Literary festivals, publications, podcasts - we’ll help you find your voice.

Join us at Bath Spa University where writing is the thing we love to do and the thing we love to talk about. In our workshops, you’ll find friends for life who, like you, want to spend time in a writing world of imagination, creativity and experimentation.

You’ll enjoy working on our unique campus, surrounded by wildlife and a beautiful 18th-century landscape, perfect for creative inspiration. You might experiment with nature writing or discover poems and stories you’re driven to write as a response to climate change and environmental issues.

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“As well as strengthening my skills and confidence as a writer, Creative Writing at Bath Spa opened my eyes up to the range of career paths I could pursue that I hadn’t considered before. The tutors and Careers team supported me after graduation, all the way to my first full time creative role.” Nic Crosara, 2019 graduate, now Design and Production Assistant at SelectScience

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What you'll learn

Contemporary creative writing is diverse. It’s digital and on the page; social and singular. Our comprehensive programme includes prose fiction, YA, flash fiction, poetry, scriptwriting for live performance and screen, life writing and memoir.

In fact, whatever you want to write, you’ll find an opportunity to explore it with us. We have modules on graphic novels and comics alongside modules in live literature, creative enterprise and professional practice to support your career development. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate on creative projects with other students both within and outside Creative Writing.

You’ll be able to work on magazines, local literary festivals and podcasts, while collaborating with fellow students through our creative writing, publishing and journalism student-run societies.

Year one The course is carefully designed to enable you to explore and experiment with your writing and understand the foundations of writing craft. In the Writer’s Workshop modules you’ll be introduced to an array of different writing forms and genres and you’ll be experimenting with them each week. You’ll have your first experience of the BSU writing workshop where you’ll learn how to work with other writers, giving and receiving feedback. You’ll have additional modules in poetry, fiction and script writing alongside a module where you’ll learn about the publishing industry and editing. You’ll also attend lectures from visiting writers and members of staff who will talk to you about their writing lives and experiences in the industry. Year two In the second year of the course, you have access to a range of modules that will enable you to specialise in a particular form or genre of writing. You’ll take a mixture of core and optional modules from a list that includes, for example, genre fiction, life writing, short stories, form and listening in poetry, and writing for screen. You will also take the project module, Professional Portfolio. This is an opportunity for you to develop your own creative project, designed to help you develop the skills you need as a professional writer. You will be assigned a member of staff to be your project supervisor. They will help guide and advise you as you develop your idea. If a collaborative project suits you, you can take a Publishing module where you work with a small team of fellow students to create your own independent magazine. Year three The final year of the programme is designed to consolidate your writing practice and support your progression into a writing-related career. You will take a dissertation-equivalent module in at least one of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, scriptwriting or writing for young people. These modules run through the year. Alongside that you have a choice of career-focused modules which include Live Literature and Professional Practice which offer you the opportunity to develop your own industry-facing creative projects. We also offer an extended project module, Creative Enterprise, over two semesters. This module helps you focus on developing a creative project into a commercial opportunity. 

Assessment is based on 100% coursework (no exams). Most modules will require you to submit a portfolio of creative writing along with a reflective or contextual essay in which you describe what you have learned in class, what you have learned from the set texts and working on your own writing.

Creative Writing at Bath Spa University is taught through a mixture of workshops, lectures, presentations and tutorials. Workshops offer you the opportunity to read and discuss each other's work in a supportive, informal and informative atmosphere. Lectures are used to introduce techniques and themes in detail. Tutorials provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work with your tutor on a one-to-one basis.

We believe that for you to achieve your maximum potential you have to take yourself and your writing seriously, and that the best way to do this is to develop a professional approach. Therefore, wherever appropriate, our modules run to industry standards and adopt industry practices.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement .

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

  • The Writer’s Workshop 1
  • Explorations in Prose Fiction
  • The Writer’s Workshop 2
  • Reading to Write Poetry
  • Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • Publishing and Editing for Writers
  • Short Stories
  • Form and Listening in Poetry
  • Genre Fiction
  • Lifewriting
  • Sudden Prose
  • Scripting for Screen
  • Writing Graphic Novels and Comics
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Writing for Theatre
  • Performance Poetry and Spoken Word
  • Writing For Young People: Reading as Writers
  • The Independent Magazine

Professional Placement Year

  • Extended Prose Fiction 1
  • Poetry as Synthesis 1
  • Advanced Script Project 1
  • Advanced Nonfiction Project 1
  • Planning and Writing a Novel for Young People 1
  • Creative Enterprise Project 1
  • Teaching Writing
  • Extended Prose Fiction 2
  • Poetry as Synthesis 2
  • Advanced Script Project 2
  • Advanced Nonfiction Project 2
  • Planning and Writing a Novel for Young People 2
  • Creative Enterprise Project 2
  • Teaching Practice
  • Live Literature
  • Professional Practice
  • Publishing Industry Project
“Bath Spa allowed me to choose a career with confidence, as I learned what I was good at and what I enjoyed doing. The best thing about the course is the support, the module choices (which can really inform your path) and the work experience offered with local publishers or events and festivals.” Laura Garcia Moreno, 2022 graduate, now Production Assistant and Environmental Champion at Bath Festivals

Facilities and resources

The Creative Writing course is taught at our stunning Newton Park campus, where you’ll be surrounded by wildlife and a beautiful 18th century landscape and lake.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities, including:

  • Commons building  with its state-of-the-art classrooms, study spaces and cafe
  • Digital labs (Mac rooms) for students learning new media
  • Virtual Learning Environment  to support you in your modules.

As a Creative Writing student, you'll be able to benefit from:

  • Cameras, audio recording equipment available for students to borrow absolutely free
  • Technical staff to help students use industry standard software
  • Library with print and ebooks, digital resources, literary magazines and journals.


As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities .

Creative Writing students often find exciting subject-related placements and we do our best to help students make connections and gain experiences in companies and organisations that interest them. Students often work with the Bath Literature Festival, for instance, or with production companies such as the BBC. The course team will help you on an individual basis as opportunities present themselves.

Past students have benefited from industry-based opportunities and experiences that have been incorporated into their modules, enabling them to secure credit for the time they have spent in industry environments.

Current graduate careers include:

  • Science magazine editor
  • Children’s author
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Social media writer
  • Commercial copywriter for brands or charities
  • Regional editor for an online magazine
  • University lecturer
  • Editor (Random House)

Many of our students go on to study one of our specialist MA programmes in either Creative Writing, Writing for Young People, Screenwriting, Travel and Nature, or Children’s Publishing.

Each year Creative Writing awards a range of prizes to its students to celebrate the best writing produced in the final year. The department also awards the Les Arnold Prize for the top student in the second year, honouring the memory of poet Les Arnold, who started the writing programme in 1992.

Students are given numerous opportunities to focus on project work – from the first year core module (Writer's Workshop One) to the second year core module and into several project modules in the third year. Student projects are a core part of the Creative Writing curriculum and students are assisted to develop project ideas that support their creative and career ambitions. 

Professional placement year

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

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During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee . This applies to UK and EU/International students.

  • UK: £1,850
  • International: £3,335

Interested in applying?

Most of our applicants will have an A or a B in English Language and/or English Literature at A Level. That said, we do judge each application on its own merit and many of our most successful graduates have not fit neatly into standard criteria. Please write directly to the course leader or the admissions team to discuss your individual circumstances.

We also welcome applications from students who demonstrate real commitment to their writing. This commitment may be expressed in publications, awards, and/or engagement with the Apprentice of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below. Applicants without a relevant Level 3 qualification in English will be considered but will be required to submit a piece of their own creative writing as part of the selection process.

  • A Level - grades BBB-BCC including a Grade B in English or a related subject.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in any subject. Applicants will need to demonstrate a strong interest in Creative Writing in their personal statement and may be asked to provide a piece of their own creative writing.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of grade 5 in English at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher). Applicants will need to demonstrate a strong interest in Creative Writing in their personal statement and may be asked to provide a piece of their own creative writing.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at [email protected] .

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our  how to apply  pages.


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Three year course

With placement year, immerse yourself in the study of film and the film industries. understand theory, criticism and the relationship between film, media and culture..

  • An immersive experience in studying film and the film industries.
  • You’ll have the opportunity explore your film interests and enthusiasms.
  • Combines film theory and scholarship with film practice.

We want you to develop a critical understanding of film and screen theory and criticism and to appreciate the relationship between film, media and culture. But we also want to provide you with the conceptual tools for understanding how society and culture is mediated by cinematic, televisual and electronic images. In choosing this course you’ll be starting on a journey of critical understanding of the institutions of film and screen production, distribution and exhibition. As part of this we’ll develop your understanding of reception and consumption practices in film and screen.

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Film and Screen Studies aims to produce graduates who have an informed, critical and creative approach to both understanding film and screen in contemporary society and to their own forms of critical, reflective and communicative practice. You’ll develop intellectual, analytical, research and creative skills that will help you to prepare for employment and have the opportunity to engage in practical filmmaking projects if you wish.

Year one You’ll investigate film as a specific academic discipline, alongside how meaning is conveyed through film form and content. As part of your work you’ll analyse how films are constructed and be introduced to ways of writing effectively about film. You'll also undertake an advanced investigation of key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of cinema, and explore film as a commercial, cultural and aesthetic institution.

Years two and three In years two and three you can design your programme from a range of exciting modules. You can also take part in organising LineUP, the annual Student Film Festival at Bath Spa University.

Our modules have well-defined teaching structures consisting of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, which give you wide opportunities to learn progressively, stretch your capabilities, test your ideas and methods and interact positively with staff and other students in the department.

As you would expect, Film and Screen Studies modules also use parts of the new media in their teaching practice. Students are encouraged to make use of the University's virtual learning environment, 'Ultra' and of the web in seminars and workshops.

Assessment includes essays, research reports, journals, group presentations and portfolios.

  • The Moving Image
  • Film Theory, Film Philosophy
  • Framing Film: Silence, Sound and Spectacle
  • European Cinema
  • Introduction to Television and Screen Studies
  • Digital Practice.
  • American Cinema
  • Key Movements in World Cinema
  • Director’s Cut: Auteur Cinema
  • Influencers and Contemporary Celebrity
  • Media Ethics
  • Untold Stories: Screen Industries Project
  • Specialist Roles in Filmmaking
  • Advanced Short Film Production
  • Professional Placement Year.
  • Film and Screen Studies Dissertation
  • Decentred Approaches to Film and TV
  • Film Journalism
  • Feminist Activism
  • Rock n' Reel: Popular Music on Screen
  • Short Form Documentary Making
  • Politics and Global Cinema.

Visits may include tours of famous UK film studios such as Pinewood and key film centres such as the BFI.

The main focus of interest for our Film and Screen Studies graduates is the creative and cultural industries in the UK. These industries include advertising, journalism, publishing, film and film-related employments, television, radio and the heritage sector. However, there are also employment opportunities in local and central government and the voluntary sector.

Since 2011, employers such as BBC Bristol, Argonon and The Sheffield International Documentary Festival have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Unit Assistant, Festival Assistant and Film Location Manager.

Work placements are available within the programme through the second year Work Placement model. They can also be facilitated on an extra-curricular basis through members of the teaching team.

We encourage our filmmaking students to enter material for film competitions and festivals.

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship , which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available . On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

"The tutors support you throughout, bringing their own specialist knowledge to the course to make it interesting and engaging." Claire Reynolds, Film and Screen Studies graduate

You'll be taught on our Newton Park campus, with access to a range of facilities including:

  • Commons building
  • Newton Park Library
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment
  • Studio and post-production facilities

We value applicants who are self-reflective, creative and have good teamworking skills.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level – grades BBB-BCC preferred.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher).

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply  pages.

We recommend these two introductory texts:

  • Jill Nelmes, Introduction to Film Studies , Taylor and Francis, 5th Revised Edition 2015
  • Richard Barsom and David Monahan, Looking at Movies , WW Norton, 5th Revised Edition 2015

Course contact: Suman Ghosh Email:  [email protected]

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Screenwriting BA (Hons)

Combine your love of writing with your interest in film.

University of Portsmouth Connected Degree - 3 year course with 4th year placement

Key information

Typical offer:.

112-120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement
  • September 2024

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Blend your love of film with your passion for writing on our BA (Hons) Screenwriting degree course.

You'll write scripts, see your work produced on screen, study screenplays and hone your writing skills with industry-experienced lecturers and mentors. You'll explore theories and genres of film and writing through history, study how they might evolve in the future, and experience the craft of filmmaking both as critic and creator.

Through close integration with our film production degrees, you'll discover how screenwriting interconnects to other specialisms within filmmaking, preparing you to write short stories, create scripts and produce screenplays with industry-wide insight.

You'll have the chance to learn practical production skills (such as camera work and editing) that'll enrich your ability to tell stories through film and enable you to produce your own screenplays from start to finish. Collaborating with drama and performance students, you’ll see your scripts brought to life on screen.

Once you graduate, you'll have skills that will set you on the path for a career in the creative sector, particularly the film industry as a screenwriter, script editor, researcher, producer or showrunner. Other career paths include journalism, marketing, public relations and teaching.

Course highlights

  • Learn the skills essential for a screenwriting career, including script timing and editing, continuity, researching, and using industry-standard scriptwriting software
  • Be taught by an expert teaching team that includes professional screenwriters with national and international experience, plus published novelists and journalists, prestigious magazine editors, script editors, academic researchers, and performance poets
  • Collaborate with film production , television production , performance , theatre and other writing students within the thriving creative schools of Film, Media and Communication and Art, Design and Performance
  • Discover how screenplays and scripts come to life by trying your hand at camera work, editing and short filmmaking, and have the option to achieve Avid Media Composer editing certification
  • Take part in Portsmouth's annual Comic Con for the latest developments in creative writing and literature, popular culture, fan communities, and technology – course lecturers and students are panellists
  • Benefit from our active connections with children’s TV and soap opera creators, and local independent creatives at No6 Cinema and Making Waves film festival  
  • Build your writing portfolio by contributing to our course blog The Eldon Review and hyperlocal news zine Star & Crescent
  • Take advantage of great transport links to London - ideal for networking with agents and industry contacts
  • Gain valuable professional experience by taking an optional placement in the creative industries
  • Experience another culture and way of learning by studying abroad for a year or a single semester
  • Boost your lingual abilities by learning a language with our extra-curricular Institute-Wide Language Programme – and earn credits for it

Contact information

+44 (0) 23 9284 5566

Entry requirements

Ba (hons) screenwriting requirements, typical offer (september 2024 start), typical offers.

  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent ( calculate your UCAS points )
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 25

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept .

Selection process

A relevant qualification or experience in English/Creative Writing/Journalism/Media or Film Studies is required.

Applicants without relevant qualifications will be asked to provide a portfolio to support their application.

For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our  Creative Writing courses portfolio guide .

English language requirements

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

See alternative English language qualifications .

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications , as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme  before you start your course.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

How to prepare for this course

Here are two ways you can get ready for all the exciting writing you'll be doing over the next three years.

Reading books

We have some recommended titles you can check out:

  • ‘The Artist’s Way’ (Julia Cameron) 
  • ‘Into the Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them’ (John Yorke)
  • ‘Story’ (Robert McKee)

All of these appear in this course’s module reading list, so buying them could be worthwhile – or you could wait until you can access them in our University Library or on our Moodle pages after starting this course.

You can also read freely available screenplays and scripts online to help you become familiar with how they work.     

Write every day; don’t throw any of it away.

Writing's the easiest and most important way to prepare for a screenwriting course. The more you write, the more you’ll:

  • discover your voice
  • hone your technique
  • become more self-reflective

You don’t have to pen a major publication or a future blockbuster screenplay either. You can start small by keeping a diary, journal, or setting up your own blog, and adding entries to those.

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White Swan Building

Our drama and theatre hub was developed in partnership with Portsmouth’s esteemed New Theatre Royal. It has all the spaces and equipment you need for stage and performance productions: from rehearsal to final act.

Explore Building

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Open Access Suite

Our open-plan space includes PCs and Macs equipped with Adobe Creative Suite and other professional software.

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University Library

Our University Library is home to not only publications you'll need for your studies but also rare archives and special book collections that will help kindle your writing fire.

Explore Library  

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Get to grips with writing for virtual production in our Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality, where you can experiment with tech such as green screen and motion capture.

Explore CCIXR

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Professional TV and film cameras

Broadcast and film in crystal clarity with our range of industry-level cameras from Sony, JVC, Canon and Arri, including Arri Alexa cinema camera systems used by professional cinematographers.

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Writing and scripting software 

Pen film, TV and stage masterpieces using industry-wide scriptwriting software such as Celtx and Final Draft.

Careers and opportunities

The UK film and TV industries are thriving - production hubs have formed across the country in locations including Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham, and a record-breaking £5.6 billion has been invested in new content for the big and small screens since 2020 (British Film Institute). 

As well as preparing you for opportunities as a new screenwriter [soaps and children’s TV are both great starting areas for new writers], this degree will make you an excellent candidate for other related roles in this flourishing industry.

You'll have the critical awareness, creative ability and project management skills to go after graduate roles in script editing, researching, development production and showrunning, or to work in other creative media besides film, television and the stage, such as video games and graphic novels.

You can also continue your studies to postgraduate level or take further teacher training to work in education.

Graduate areas

Areas graduates from our creative industries courses have worked in include:

  • film and television
  • radio and theatre
  • advertising and marketing
  • arts and events management
  • local and community broadcasting
  • stand-up comedy
  • travel industry

Graduate roles

Roles graduates from our creative industries courses have gone onto include:

  • script editor
  • screenwriter
  • theatre manager
  • editorial assistant

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Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Placement year (optional)

After your second or third year, you can complete an optional work placement to gain professional experience and enhance your skills. It's also a great incentive for employers once you graduate.

You can work for a company, organisation or agency, or you can go self-employed and start your own business with fellow students or by yourself.

Whatever you decide – or even if you just want some employability advice – our exclusive Creative Careers team can support you every step of the way.

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Creative Careers

Our in-faculty Creative Careers team has extensive recruitment experience and knows the creative sector well, making it easier for students to find placements within the creative industries.

They can guide you through every step of the application process, including:

  • Searching for the ideal job through their database of vacancies
  • Giving tips on how to write an interesting CV that will catch employers' attention, no matter the role
  • Organising mock interviews, so you can hone your technique and familiarise yourself with the recruitment environment
  • Writing your startup business proposal – if you're going down the self-employment route

The team will continue to give you support throughout your placement year.

Learn more about the Creative Careers team

Placement experiences

Placement students on our creative industries courses have worked in a variety of roles in commerce, publishing, entertainment, and education, and for some of the most well-known broadcasting and tech companies, such as Sky, Disney and Sony UK. Others have chosen to work for themselves.

Among these experiences are:

  • Digital content creator at the head office of a major retailer
  • Trainee editorial assistants at The London Magazine and Star & Crescent
  • Writing and publishing novellas and poetry collections as a freelancer
  • Content writer for a Brixton music promotion company
  • Teachers in schools

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What you can do on a placement year

If you're thinking of doing a placement but not sure what role to take or where to go, we can steer you in a direction that fits your aspirations.

Check out our Creative Careers team's blog to find out where fellow film, media and communication students have interned during their studies.

Read our blog post

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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Core modules

All modules below are worth 20 credits each.

  • Telling Tales
  • Tips, Tricks, Techniques
  • Writing for The Film and TV Industries
  • Professional Development for Screenwriters
  • Screen Debates
  • Future Production

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in this year.

  • British Cinema
  • World and Transnational Cinema

All modules below are worth 20 credits each except Film, Media and Communication Study Exchange , worth 60 credits.

  • Fiction Film-Making
  • Screenwriting
  • Finding Form - Fiction
  • Creative Writing for Film
  • Institute-Wide Learning Programme (IWLP)
  • Student Enterprise
  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Professional Experience
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Factual Media Production
  • Film and Ethics
  • Film, Media and Communication Study Exchange (60 credits)

For your dissertation, you'll choose one of the following modules. Each are worth 40 credits.

  • Dissertation (Creative Writing)
  • Dissertation (Film and Media)

You'll also have these core modules, worth 20 credits each:

  • Professional Industry Skills
  • Self Promotion
  • Gender, Sexuality and Cinema
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • Writing Project (with Publishing)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement after your second or third year to get valuable experience working in the industry. We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. 

You'll choose from the modules below to complete your work placement.

  • Film, Media and Communication Study Abroad - Full Year (120 credits)
  • CCI Work Placement - Full Year (40 credits)
  • CCI Self-Employed Placement - Full Year (40 credits)
  • CCI Placement Plus - Full Year (40 credits)
  • Film, Media and Communication Study Abroad - Half Year (First Semester) (60 credits)
  • Film, Media and Communication Study Abroad - Half Year (Second Semester) (60 credits)  

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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Exchanges and study abroad

In your second or third year, you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a  government travel grant .

Find out more about studying abroad

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • presentations
  • video productions
  • film scripts
  • 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.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • one-to-one tutorials
  • practical performance sessions
From studying African films in 'Transnational Cinema' to writing my own modern myth in 'Telling Tales', this course has really helped me prepare for a career in the creative industries.

Beverley Wambalaba, BA (Hons) Film Studies and Creative Writing student

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.

These are some of the expert staff who will teach you on this degree course.

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Ms Jane Steventon

Senior Lecturer

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Mr Andrew Zinnes

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Ms Lucy Shuttleworth

[email protected]

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies.  As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

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Throughout my time at Uni, my favourite aspect of the course has to be the combination of research into critical theory alongside creative work. This was because I found that I was able to apply the knowledge I’d acquired in my essays into my creative pieces too, which ultimately helped me to improve the standard of my creative pieces dramatically.

Lisa Van Hees, BA (Hons) Film Industries and Creative Writing 2021 graduate

Supporting you

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get  support via video, phone and face-to-face  from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Personal tutor.

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

Student support advisor

Creative skills tutors, academic skills tutors.

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

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Academic skills support.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Disability advice and additional support

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our  specialist team  can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Wellbeing and mental health support

Our online  Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service , in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses  to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme  to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees, september 2024 start.

All fees may be subject to annual increase.

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students  – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students  – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students  – £17,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies , including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs , including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students .

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Costs breakdown

Accommodation and living costs.

Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

Recommended reading

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

General costs

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Placement year and study abroad tuition fees

During your placement year or study abroad year, you’ll be eligible for a discounted rate on your tuition fees. Currently, this discount amounts to 90% of the year’s fees.

Tuition fees for that year are:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.

Extra course costs

You may need to buy items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes to use on practical units, which cost approximately £20–£30.

You’ll need to cover the material costs for individual project work, which usually costs £50–£100.

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS . You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – W810
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form .

You can also  sign up to an Open Day  to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on  applying for an undergraduate course .

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our  Student Contract  (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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Combine the study of English literature with our distinctive creative writing course

Undergraduate Full time 4 or 3 years

Combine the study of traditional English literature with two European languages, and other areas such as comics, theatre, film, and creative writing

Study the history of English literature, with module options ranging from the medieval period right up to the present day, combined with the study of film

Combine the study of English literature with social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period through to the contemporary period

Combine traditional and modern English literature studies with the study of both pure and applied maths

Combine the study of English literature with an examination of modern and ancient philosophical thinking

Combine the study of traditional and modern English literature with Politics

Combine literature with the study of how the human mind works from infancy to old age in this flexible MA degree

Combine traditional English literature studies with areas such as comics, theatre, film, and creative writing

Combine traditional English literature studies with French and newer areas such as comics, theatre, film, and creative writing

Combine traditional English literature studies with Spanish and newer areas such as comics, theatre, film, and creative writing

This course gives you the opportunity of securing a place on any of our MA (Hons) degrees within the School of Humanities

Undergraduate Full time 4 years

Develop your own flexible study programme to reflect your intellectual and creative interests across the humanities and social sciences

A flexible part-time degree allowing you to combine study with work or other commitments

Undergraduate Part time 8 years (part time)

Combine the study of film with an examination of modern and ancient philosophical thinking, to address some of the fundamental questions facing humanity today

Postgraduate courses

Develop your leadership and applied research skills in professional practice with a professional doctorate in Humanities

Postgraduate Blended Off Campus 48 months (part time)

Develop your leadership and applied research skills in professional practice with a professional doctorate in Social Sciences

Research degrees

Developing your research skills with a MSc by research or PhD in English and creative writing.

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BA Creative Writing and Film & Theatre

  • UCAS code WW48
  • A level offer BBB
  • Year of entry 2024/25
  • Course duration Full Time:  3 Years

Develop and hone your writing skills, and explore the important relationships between film and theatre, in our BA Creative Writing and Film & Theatre course.

Taught jointly by the Department of English Literature and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television , this multi-faceted course will:

  • develop your creative writing in a small-group environment
  • explore a variety of literary, dramatic and film texts
  • provide practical and theoretical approaches to film and theatre.

Creative writing, film and theatre complement each other perfectly. Developing characters and narratives in your creative writing, and working to improve and refine them, will make you a better writer. This will enhance your ability to create compelling characters and narratives in your filmmaking and theatre work.

94% of students in the Department of English Literature said our teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2023).

Creative writing

Creative writing allows you to explore your creativity from all angles: creating characters, shaping poems, drawing on your imagination. 

We offer a specially curated group of English literature modules, which are designed to complement your creative writing. You’ll gain knowledge of a variety of literary, dramatic and film texts, from a range of different periods. The course aims to foster your independent thinking, using the close reading and analytical skills that are fundamental to English literature, film and theatre.

We place a strong emphasis on small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. Workshops are central to our creative writing community, helping you to form relationships with your peers and feel more confident about your work.

Your learning environment

Modules are taught by practising, published authors who have strong links with professional writing communities. We regularly invite published authors to read from their work and participate in teaching.

We’ll help you develop your creative writing skills in a variety of settings:

  • lectures concentrate on specific, practical issues such as how to construct a character or tackle a specific literary form
  • seminars involve small group discussions, led by one of the teaching team, with short practical writing exercises
  • workshops allow you to explore and develop your writing in small peer groups.

Creative community

The Department of English Literature fosters a creative writing community that is friendly, cohesive and committed. As well as learning from lecturers, you’ll learn from each other by sharing your work in progress.

Outside the classroom, you can share your ideas with the University’s creative writing group, Scribblers, which is run by and for students from across the University.

You will also have the opportunity to publish your work – and gain experience in editing and publishing – by participating in our online creative magazine .

Film and theatre

Your film and theatre modules will allow you to explore your passion for both mediums. You’ll also have the opportunity to study modules in television.

During your studies, you will:

  • examine critical approaches to film, theatre and television
  • have the opportunity to develop your practical and technical skills
  • discover how theatre, film and television have been affected by different social and historical contexts.

You’ll be introduced to film and theatre from across the world and study narrative traditions from both theoretical and practical perspectives. This will enable you to understand how theoretical ideas are applied to, and have an impact on, the creative process. You’ll watch, interpret and debate a wide range of film, theatre and television.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake selected group-based practical work, which will help you develop your creativity, storytelling and practical skills, and you’ll learn in the dynamic, fully-equipped spaces of Minghella Studios .

A key benefit of studying at Reading is our close proximity to London – undoubtedly the UK’s premier hub for all things film and theatre. You will have numerous opportunities to visit theatres and see performances as part of your degree.

Placements with BA Creative Writing and Film & Theatre

Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts.

Study abroad

In your second year, you can spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, or countries across Europe. To find out more, visit our Study Abroad site .

Entry requirements A Level BBB

Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS and we'll guarantee you a place even if you don't quite meet your offer. For details, see our firm choice scheme . 

 Our typical offers are expressed in terms of A level, BTEC and International Baccalaureate requirements. However, we also accept many other qualifications.

Typical offer

BBB including a grade B in English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects include: English Language, English Language and Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Creative Writing.

International Baccalaureate

30 points overall including 5 in English at higher level.

Extended Project Qualification

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDM (Modules taken must be comparable to subject specific requirement)

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with no component below 6.0

For information on other English language qualifications, please visit our international student pages .

Alternative entry requirements for International and EU students

For country specific entry requirements  look at entry requirements by country .

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

  • Find out the English language requirements for our courses and our pre-sessional English programme

Compulsory modules

Introduction to creative writing.

Develop your skills in creative writing across a range of genres. You will develop an understanding of how to compose, criticise, revise, and polish your work through workshop discussions and the completion of a critical essay. 

Poetry in English

From the Renaissance to the present, uncover the history of poetry as you explore key genres related to love, politics, pastoral, elegy, satire, the sonnet, the ode, and the dramatic monologue. You’ll study poems drawn from the wider English-speaking world including Ireland, the Caribbean and North America, encountering the diversity of voices found in gender and sexuality.  

Analysing Theatre and Performance

Critically interpret theatre texts and performances, enhancing your understanding of the conventions of production, the organisation of meaning in performance, and deviations from mainstream conventions. Engage with performances from the late nineteenth century to the contemporary, focusing on their historical, cultural, stylistic and performative contexts.

Approaches to Film 

Critically interpret film texts and discover the conventions of fiction and non-fiction cinema. Explore cinema as a diverse, global and transcultural medium, focusing on historical and cultural contexts.

Optional modules

Introduction to drama.

Discover the genre of drama as you explore a historical range of texts from the early modern periods. You’ll focus on four plays as you explore comedy, tragedy, form, structure, and the elements of change and continuity found within the genre. 

Become acquainted with English literature’s material dimension and how writers, both past and present, have depicted the library as a symbol. As you study, you'll interpret poems, novels and plays, and investigate books and other archival documents as physical objects.

Modern American Culture and Counterculture

Discover American countercultures in work, from 1950s Beat poetry to fiction responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. You’ll study the perspectives of African-American, Native American and white American creatives in a variety of genres: poetry, short stories, YA fiction, science fiction, drama, songs, films, war reportage and the graphic novel. 

Thinking Translation: History and Theory

What is comparative literature, exploring the studio, comedy on stage and screen.

Gain insights into how comedy intersects with film, theatre and television through a series of case studies. You’ll learn how humour highlights critical issues such as identity politics (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability), taboo, embarrassment, cult, cancel or outrage culture, and explore relevant production, industrial and socio-cultural contexts.

Radical Forms in Theatre and Performance

Discover the history, traditions, practices, and theoretical and analytical perspectives of radical theatre-making and experimental performance practice. You’ll learn to appreciate the cultural, political, and aesthetic significance of radical experimentation in theatre and performances, and express critical understanding of creative practice and risk-taking.

Optional Language Modules 

You can also register your details with us to receive information about your course of interest and study and life at the University of Reading.

Film Forms and Cultures

Discover the rich variety of film forms and explore critical and conceptual issues of form, including theoretical perspectives, questions of form, and form’s meaning and politics.

Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction

Study memoirs, essays, blog posts, long-form journalism, biography and auto-fiction as you explore the exciting and ever-evolving contemporary genre. As you study these texts, you’ll write your own piece of creative non-fiction and support others with creative feedback.  

Myth, Legend and Romance: Medieval Storytelling

Explore storytelling in medieval England as you take in the fantastical tales of ancient heroes, drama that blends comedy and religious devotion, and magic and supernatural beings. You’ll consider the stark contrast of narrative structure, character development and language use by medieval writers in contrast to our own.  

Writing America: Perspectives on the Nation

Critical thinking, creative writing: the short story.

Explore the process of the creative cycle, from reading literature to writing it. You’ll engage critically with a range of short stories as you encounter key debates about the form and write your own short fiction in response. 

Victorian Literature

Victorian literature consists of a period where authors began to consider people’s place in the world with God, the workings of the mind, and the role of class and gender in the construction of identity. You’ll engage with these ideas as you consider some of the greatest works of the period – from Dickens and Hardy to Tennyson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 

Contemporary Fiction

Study a selection of fiction from the 1980s to the present day, exploring the formal, thematic and cultural diversity of Anglophone fiction produced in this period. You’ll consider these texts within a number of social, political and historical contexts, such as multiculturalism, feminism and globalisation. 

Exploring Location

Placement and employment skills.

This module provides you with an opportunity for reflective learning and intensive research through an industry role of your choice. You’ll reflect critically on your career development and acquire transferable skills for future employment.


Develop skills to critically analyse and produce non-fiction films and television through close analysis of texts and engagement with various industrial and technological contexts. You’ll engage with critical debates and conceptual issues and put ideas into practice. You’ll understand documentary-makers’ creative decision-making and their connection to ideological concerns.

Reworking Shakespeare in Performance

Understand Shakespeare as a powerful signifier of culture, explore adaptations of Shakespeare and learn how these relate to broader cultural and political contexts. You’ll learn about the practices and preoccupations that currently affect interpretation of Shakespeare and gain the ability to make connections between social and cultural concerns and their presentation on stage. 

Televison and Contemporary Culture

Engage with issues of genre, globalisation, industry, and representation. You’ll examine the construction of critical and contextual frameworks that underpin television studies. Explore television’s international flows, build a picture of national industrial practices, and analyse digital media practices and platforms. You’ll develop a critical understanding of conventions and histories of selected genres and explore the implied impact of ideologies of representation.

Identity, Performance and Culture

Understand the construction, representation and performance of diverse modes of identity in theatre and in culture. You’ll develop skills of close textual and performance analysis, and learn how local, national and global contexts have influenced playwrights, theatre makers and theatre cultures.

Creative Writing: Poetry

Engage critically with a range of poems and key debates around form. You’ll write your own poetry in response, experimenting with the possibilities within the genre as you and your peers share constructive feedback.  

Early Modern Literature

Modernism in poetry and fiction.

Examine the concepts of modernity, modernism, and the history of early twentieth-century poetry and fiction. You’ll explore experimentation and innovation in poetic and narrative form, and their relation to wider social upheaval and cultural movements in the period. 

Enlightenment Revolution and Romanticism

The business of books, writing in the public sphere.

Study literature designed to prompt social and political change as you examine speeches, pamphlets, tracts and political posters from the early modern period to the present. Consider how such literature shapes debates on race, class, religion, nationality and women’s rights across Britain and Ireland.  

Creative Writing Dissertation

Develop a sustained piece of independent writing such as a short story, a play, a screen play or a collection of verse. You’ll work closely with a peer community of creative writers to self-organise and conduct workshops as you develop your advanced research and writing skills.  

Film and/or Theatre Dissertation

Apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in the previous modules to a major piece of independent work around an area you are interested in. Independently initiate and develop the project under the guidance of a supervisor.

Creative Research Project

Apply your previously gained knowledge and skills to a significant research-based project that includes a creative element and critical research and reflection. You’ll develop the project independently under supervision.

British Black and Asian Voices: 1948 to the Present

Examine a range of British texts (poetry, drama, novels, short stories, films) by writers of Black and Asian descent. You’ll read theoretical and historical material as you examine issues of cultural capital, national identity, and minority communities.   

Lyric Voices, 1340-1650

Explore lyric poetry from the Middle Ages and the renaissance. You’ll look at the presentation of themes such as love and longing, grief, and the fear of death, and compare the ways in which authors make use of literary conventions to present such themes.  

Placing Jane Austen

Creative writing masterclass: poetry.

Develop and design a short collection of poems with a view to submit to print or an online magazine. Engage with weekly workshops as you elaborate your style and voice, alongside focusing on emerging voices and subject matter.  

From Romance to Fantasy

Decadence and degeneration: literature of the 1890s, performance and design: site, scenography and installation.

Critically explore theatre and performance design by engaging with historical and contemporary scenographic practices. You’ll learn about the role of designers in shaping and reimagining theatre and performance. You’ll advance the ways you read, see and encounter the visual, aural, spatial, material and technological elements of design. Get involved in critical reading and discussions on a diverse range of international designers, methods and performance environments. You’ll gain exposure to professional contexts through visits to archives, talks or masterclasses from visiting designers and/or scholars.

Advanced Scriptwriting

Screen bodies, literature and mental health.

Discover how literature engaged with mental health in the first half of the twentieth century, a crucial turning point in psychology. You’ll consider the de-stigmatisation of mental health in the wake of World War I, the disciplines of psychiatry and psychology that emerged from it, and how literature engages with trauma, anxiety and obsession.  

Children's Literature

The bloody stage: revenge and death in renaissance drama, modern and contemporary british poetry, creative writing masterclass: prose.

Deepen your understanding of narrative techniques and sharpen your ability to write prose. You’ll use a range of short stories, narrative non-fiction and novel extracts as a springboard, advancing your knowledge on matters such as structure, characterisation, dialogue and quality.  

Writing Women: Nineteenth-century Poetry

Adaptations across stage and screen, musical theatre, film festivals and programming.

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £9,250

New international students: £22,350

*UK/Republic of Ireland fee changes

UK/Republic of Ireland undergraduate tuition fees are regulated by the UK government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government's guidance for EU students .

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. In addition to university-wide scholarships, the department offers the Bulmershe Bursary that supports eligible students with £1,000 towards the costs of university life. It is open to all full-time UK or EU undergraduate students studying degrees offered by Film, Television, and Theatre including our joint honours programmes. Students can apply in the first term of each year. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover costs. See our fees and funding information  for more information on what's available.

As a creative writing graduate, you will enter the job market with well-developed communication, research and writing skills, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. According to the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020/21, 95% of our leavers are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation*.

To prepare you for the future, an emphasis on professional skills is built into all of our courses. Our flexible degrees are designed to develop the skills valued by both creative and commercial industries, providing you with a diverse range of career opportunities following graduation.

Many of our alumni work in the creative industries, in roles such as:

  • theatre director
  • arts management
  • film director
  • television producer

Graduates also go on to work in:

  • commercial marketing and media
  • advertising

*Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2023, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020/21; includes first degree English Literature responders.

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