Film Industries and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
P38W
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

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.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

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

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

Careers and opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

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

I love everything about my course. I love the workshops that we have in creative writing, and the film studies lectures are so varied – we learn about nickelodeons in the 1900s and then the next week we are talking about Avatar.

Laura Perceval, BA (Hons) Film Industries and Creative Writing

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Film Industries and Creative Writing degree

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

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

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules you will study in this year include:

  • Finding Form

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Critical Hollywood
  • Marketing Movies 
  • Production Introduction - Script and Shooting
  • Professional Experience
  • Researching Genre in Film and Television
  • Student Enterprise
  • The Magazine
  • The Script
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
  • Travel Writing 
  • UK Film Industry, Past, Present and Future

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. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Comedy Culture and Form
  • Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Film and Media Dissertation
  • Film Journalism
  • Gender, Sexuality and Cinema
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • Practical Video Project
  • Researching Animation
  • The Entertainment Industries
  • The Literary Journalist
  • Writing Project (With Publishing)

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Placement year

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.

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.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • 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

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

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

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

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

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

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

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Film Industries and Creative Writing degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

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

Selection process
  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of written work.

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

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

Selection process
  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of written work.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 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.

Additional costs

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P38W
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can register and start your application from 21 May 2019 and submit it from 5 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P38W
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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