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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Screenwriting and Film with Foundation Year

Develop the creative skills and knowledge of film you need to write screenplays that get industry attention, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? C013
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Learn how to write scripts for film and television.
  • Gain insights from real industry figures into how to sell your screenplays.
  • Learn from a team of established screenwriters.
  • Benefit from excellent facilities for film study including a purpose-built cinema
  • Join at the foundation year and develop your personal skills, awareness of resources and commitment to the subject

This course focuses on the practical and critical elements of screenwriting. Through practice-based learning and theoretical study, you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to fulfil your potential in the world of film and TV.

How you learn

During the foundation year, you will develop a good base of knowledge, but also the personal skills and awareness of resources that will help you manage your studies effectively and be self-motivated.

You will attend writing workshops, lectures and screenings. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of the subject, but also hone your writing skills. At every level of this course you will have the opportunity to write scripts and work with other students to create content. 

You will also have the chance to work with industry professionals. Previous guests have included screenwriters, directors, agents and producers.

You learn through

  • workshops
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group work
  • industry visits and field trips
  • independent study
  • attending film festivals and special screening events

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll collaborate with a wide network of industry, charity, and community partners — showcasing your knowledge and skills. 

In the foundation year, you will undertake a series of projects that respond to real world debates. In your second year you’ll have the opportunity to work on a radio serial drama or short film production as part of your second year work placement module.

Field trips

We run regular field trips to the Bradford Widescreen Weekend film festival, Berlin International Film Festival, the BFI and BBC Media City, and we also have a writers' retreat residential trip as part of the third year of study. Trips start from the beginning of the foundation year and continue throughout your studies

Networking opportunities

We have a variety of networking opportunities with organisations such as the BBC, Warp Film, BFI Film Hub North and Sheffield Live. We also bring in a wide range of industry professionals to deliver masterclasses and offer one-to-one guidance in some cases.

Previous visiting professionals have included: screenwriters, agents, directors, producers, new talent co-ordinators and festival organisers.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • TV and film screenwriting
  • storylining
  • script reading
  • academic research
  • teaching
  • film programming
  • festival/events planning

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • BFI
  • Children's Media Festival
  • The Showroom
  • Doc/Fest
  • ITV
  • BBC
  • Channel 4

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • exclusive access to industry standard screenwriting software Final Draft
  • specialist cinema equipped with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection, twin 35mm film projectors, DCP projector, large screen and surround sound
  • an extensively stocked learning centre with 10000s of DVDs and film books/journals
  • a unique collection of archival material on microfiche
  • individual viewing facilities for private study with access to the BFI's SIFT database
  • dedicated co-working space equipped with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, comfy seating, and a shared kitchen where you can collaborate with other students in the Department of Humanities, to shape your next big idea
  • our Performance Lab with two theatre studios, state-of-the-art lighting and audio rigs, and green room facilities.

Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A Level, BTEC or equivalent; prior learning options available for students that have been out of education for a number of years, but can show some commitment to the subject (e.g. evidence of some creative writing when applying to Creative Writing course). GCSEs – English Language at C, but no requirement for Maths.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Talent Accelerator Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cinema And Genre Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Film Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Film Consumption Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Reading Scripts Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing For The Screen Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Visual Stories Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Developing The Premise Credits: 20
Module: Half Hour Script Credits: 20
Module: Ideas Into Action Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: British Cinema Credits: 20
Module: On The Box Credits: 20
Module: Rights, Camera, Action Credits: 20
Module: Screen Storytelling Credits: 20
Module: Show Business Credits: 20

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Final Script Credits: 40
Module: Scratch Night Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Film Education Credits: 20
Module: Film Programming Credits: 20
Module: Games Narratives Credits: 20
Module: Making Comedy Credits: 20
Module: Professional Film Writing Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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