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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Film Studies and Screenwriting

Study the foundational, theoretical and practical knowledge of writing for film and television.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 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

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Course summary

  • Learn about the the traditions and cultural contexts of film storytelling, with a grounding in narrative forms.
  • Apply academic knowledge to your own writing, across a range of genres.
  • Enjoy weekly film screenings at our in-house cinema.

Develop a solid grounding in the academic study of film, with a practical understanding of how to write screenplays. You also study cinema in terms of its industrial development, its changing production, distribution and exhibition practices and its leading theoretical frameworks. You have the opportunity to undertake activities related directly to future employment.

Student View

Watch student MaeMae Millichamp talk about what it’s like to study on this course

How you learn

Watch course leader Jonathan Bridle talk about this course.

In seminars and practical workshops you participate in discussion, presentations and writing exercises, developing communication and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to think and respond quickly and creatively to questions and ideas. All practical screenwriting modules involve weekly workshops where you receive feedback on work-in-progress from peers and tutors.

You learn through

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical workshops
  • film screenings

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

Live projects

A diverse programme of volunteering and paid opportunities mean that you're able to build your CV as you progress through the course. These opportunities have included (but are not limited to) producing, researching and presenting on The Film Show on the Sheffield Live radio station, working in a variety of roles at Sheffield's international documentary festival Doc/Fest, acting as a mentor to students on the British Film Institute's Summer Academy, and writing articles for The Void magazine.

Field trips

Alongside taught sessions, your learning is expanded by trips off-campus (previous trips have included the BBC in Salford and a writing retreat for third year students) as well as a variety of guest lecturers and speakers including leading film directors, script writers, film composers and film journalists.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • screenwriting for film or television
  • filmmaking
  • the arts and entertainment industries
  • teaching
  • community development
  • the cultural industries sector
  • management and administration
  • events management
  • journalism
  • professional writing
  • librarianship
  • marketing
  • programme scheduling

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • state-of-the-art 4K digital projection
  • twin 35mm film projectors
  • thousands of films on DVD, Blu-ray and videotape
  • a large collection of books and journals
  • individual viewing facilities with access to the BFI's SIFT database

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.


  • 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 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'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cinemania Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Film Narrative Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Film Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Screenwriting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Studying And Researching Cinema Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing With Pictures Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Responding To A Creative Brief Credits: 20
Module: Scripting A Performance Credits: 20
Module: Writing An Original Screenplay Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: A Close-Up On British Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Adapting For The Screen Credits: 20
Module: Beyond The Mainstream Credits: 20
Module: Diy Film Making Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Hollywood Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Tv Comedy & Drama Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Creative Careers Credits: 20
Module: Professional Film Writing Credits: 20
Module: Screenwriting Project Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: American Nightmares Credits: 20
Module: Contemporary East Asian Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Documentary Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Must-See Tv Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 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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