Film Industries and Creative Writing BA (Hons)
BA Hons Film Industries and Creative Writing
Pair your love of writing with your interest in film on this BA (Hons) Film Industries and Creative Writing degree course. You’ll hone your writing craft and use it to experience film as a critic and creator.
You’ll examine all types of film from big Hollywood blockbusters to Netflix shorts, and take a journey through the history of the film industry. This will inspire you to pen your own scripts, produce your own screenplays and take your ideas from your notepad to the big screen.
The skills you’ll learn are valuable in creative sectors, particularly the film industry. You’ll be suited to work in areas such as journalism, script writing, marketing, public relations and teaching after the course.
What you'll experience
On this degree course you’ll:
- Learn to write screenplays, film reviews and critical analysis pieces
- Get to publish your work in our yearly anthology
- Study the glitzy Hollywood film scene as well as international cinema
- Develop practical skills in production, using the latest digital video technology
- Create your own film scripts and see them come to life
- Learn from visiting professional novelists, poets and playwrights such as Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay
- Have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
After your second year, you can spend a year putting your skills into practice on an optional placement. This gives you valuable workplace skills and builds your CV.
Previous students have worked in:
- Red Apple Creative's audio book production team
- Debenhams' editorial team
- Dolby's field marketing team
Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement.
However you spend the year, we’ll give you plenty of support and mentoring to make sure you’re getting the most out of your placement.
Careers and opportunities
Whether you see yourself writing your own film scripts, getting behind the camera, or using the transferable skills you've learnt in other industries, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work when you finish the course.
Previous students have gone on to roles in areas such as:
- film marketing and public relations
- creative writing (prose, poetry and script)
- media production
- film making
- local and community broadcasting
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- production manager
- sound and vision engineer
- film/video producer
- assistant publicist
- public relations and communications officer
You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)
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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
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.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Film, Genre and Adaptation
- Professional Writing
- Spectacular Hollywood
- Telling Tales
- Tips, Tricks and Techniques
- Writing for the Film Industries (1)
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units you will study in this year include:
- The Short Story
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Adaptations: Film and Television
- Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
- Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults
- Critical Hollywood
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise
- The Magazine
- The Script
- UK Film Industry, Past, Present and Future
- Marketing Movies
- Researching Genre in Film and Television
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Creative Writing Dissertation
- Fact and Fiction
- Film Dissertation
- Film Journalism
- Media Fan Cultures
- The Literary Journalist
- Travel Writing
- Writing Project (With Publishing)
- Comedy Culture and Form
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 and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching 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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- one-to-one tutorials
- practical performance sessions
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.
There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 26% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 74% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 76% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 9% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 91% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- video productions
- film scripts
- a research portfolio
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – P38W
- our institution code – P80
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