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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Film Studies and Screenwriting

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Full-time Film and performance

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


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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2019. Call us on now 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

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? 80 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? W8P3
When do I start? September 2019

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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 abroad— Erasmus funding is available for European placements.
  • Benefit from excellent facilities for film study including a purpose-built theatre.

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.

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.

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.

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 will 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.

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.

Competitions

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

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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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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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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

GCSE English at grade C or 4.

80 UCAS points, including 48 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

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

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.

Additional costs for Film and performance courses (PDF)

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