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BA (Honours) Film Studies and Screenwriting

Develop your creative skills and learn how to write screenplays that get commissioned.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS W8P3 Course code

Course description

What you study

Develop your screenwriting skills for film and television alongside a detailed understanding of how to sell your screenplays.

As well as developing your creative skills, you cover the history of screenwriting, film history, film criticism and film theory. This gives you the skills and critical vocabulary you need to analyse films in detail, and a range of transferable skills important to other roles within the wider film industry and other sectors.

In your final year, you write a feature film screenplay or a television pilot. Our teaching team includes published writers and established screenwriters who help you to develop your interest and creative skills in writing. They also offer practical advice and information about being a professional writer.

Key areas include

• film form, narrative and style

• different types of film, including documentary and alternative cinemas

• a variety of film genres, film makers and film movements

• a range of films from around the world, including America, Britain, East Asia and Europe.

Facilities and links with industry

Your film studies are centred around our purpose-built film theatre cinema, The Void. It combines new technology, including Blu-ray DVD through an HD digital projector, with older technology, including 40-year-old Westrex 7000 35mm projectors. These projectors can show both recent and rare, culturally valuable films in their original cinema format, including silent films at the correct speed. We are one of the few universities in the country that has these capabilities. The Dolby 5.1 surround-sound system enhances your viewing experience.

We continue to enjoy a close working relationship with the British Film Institute (BFI) and have privileged access to the BFI national archive, which contains more than 50,000 fiction films and over 100,000 nonfiction titles, most of which are not available on VHS or DVD.

You have access to our learning centre, which has • 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.

Sheffield is a thriving creative hub and home to a wide range of production companies (including the world famous Warp Films), theatres and film festivals. There are many opportunities for students to gain valuable experience with our external partners. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film or a relevant subject (such as English, Journalism or History.) We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film or a relevant subject (such as English, Journalism or History.) We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS average score of at least 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

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.

2018 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film or a relevant subject (such as English, Journalism or History.) We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film or a relevant subject (such as English, Journalism or History.) We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS average score of at least 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• introduction to film analysis • studying for stage and screen • introduction to screenwriting • film narrative, screenwriters and screenplays, cinemania: researching cinema

Year two core modules

• writing and selling screenplays • scripting a performance, a close-up on British cinema

Year two options

Three from • Hollywood • alternative cinemas • adapting for the screen • professional film writing • TV comedy and drama

Year three core modules

• final screenwriting project • screenwriting and professional practice

Year three options

Three from • music and film • documentary film and television • contemporary East Asian cinema • page, stage and screen • epics, spectacles and blockbusters • American nightmares • must-see TV

Modules offered vary from year to year. Other topics may be added in the future.

Assessment
  • coursework
  • independent project work

Employability

You can find a career as a • professional screenwriter • script-reader • story-liner • filmmaker, in the film and television industries.

You can also find careers in areas including • the arts and entertainment industries • the teaching profession • community development • the cultural industries sector • management and administration • events management • journalism • professional writing • librarianship • marketing • programme scheduling.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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