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BA (Honours) Screenwriting and Film

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Screenwriting and Film

Develop the creative skills and film knowledge you’ll need to write screenplays that get industry attention.


Student satisfaction

This course scored 90% for overall satisfaction in the 2021 National Student Survey.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? W8P3
When do I start? September 2022
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 lecture team who include established screenwriters.
  • Have the opportunity to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.  
  • Benefit from excellent facilities for film study including a purpose-built theatre.

You'll focus 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.

Find out more about out screenwriting and film courses, facilities and student projects on the SHU Screen website.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

At every level of the course you’ll write scripts and work with other students to create content. You’ll 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 (until 2023) or the Turing scheme.

Course leaders and tutors

Jonathan Bridle
Jonathan Bridle
Senior Lecturer

Jonathan teaches a range of modules at undergraduate level including Introduction to Screenwriting, Creative Careers and Screenwriting Project

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll be able 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. We also have a writers retreat residential trip as part of your third year of study.

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 even offer one-to-one guidance in some cases. Previous visiting professionals have included screenwriters, agents, directors, producers, new talent co-ordinators and festival organisers.

Competitions

There are a range of competitions that recognise student achievement and outstanding contributions to university life. The Hallam Award, for example, recognises exceptional participation in university life, involvement in the Students’ Union, and representation of your peer-groups.


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 lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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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

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over 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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

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 2

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

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Placement Year Credits: - Assessment: Coursework

Final year

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

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 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 2022/23 is £14,415 per year.

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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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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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