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BA (Hons) Film Studies and Creative Writing

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth
English

About this program

BA (Hons) Film Studies and Creative Writing

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

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

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

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBC–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

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

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

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

Year 2

Core modules

  • British Cinema
  • World and Transnational Cinema

Optional modules

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

Placement year (optional)

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

Year 3

Core modules

  • Dissertation (Creative Writing or Film and Media)
  • Practical Video Project

Optional modules

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

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Duration

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

Tuition

  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £15,500 per year

Qualification

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

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

Career paths

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

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

You could go onto roles in areas such as:

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

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

Roles you could take on include:

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

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University of Portsmouth

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Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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