Film Studies and Creative Writing BA (Hons)
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.
BA (Hons) Film Studies and Creative Writing degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
- Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of written work.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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.
What you'll experience
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
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 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
- film making
- local and community broadcasting
What jobs can you do with a Film Studies and Creative Writing degree?
Roles you could take 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.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.
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 doing similar courses have worked in:
- Red Apple Creative's audiobook 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. You'll have access to Creative Careers, a team within the faculty helping students to find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement, if you need it.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Film Studies 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.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.
Modules currently being studied
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:
- British Cinema
- World and Transnational Cinema
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
- Creative Writing for Comedy
- 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
- Script Writing
- Student Enterprise
- Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
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.
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Creative Writing Dissertation
- Creative Writing for Film
- Fact and Fiction
- Fan Fiction
- Film and Media Dissertation
- Gender, Sexuality and Cinema
- Marketing Movies
- Media Fan Cultures
- Practical Video Project
- Researching Animation
- Studying Comedy
- Writing and Producing Magazines
- 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.
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.
Academic skills 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
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
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.
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 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
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:
- Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 3% by written exams and 97% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – Awaiting confirmation
- International students – £15,500 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 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.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – P38W
- 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.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your 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.