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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Screenwriting

This course examines the art, craft and industry of Creative Writing and Screenwriting, with a particular emphasis on contemporary practice and commercial requirements. Guided by a team of professional and experienced Creative Writers and Screenwriters, with credits in Feature Films, TV Drama, Stage and Radio Drama, and award winning short films as well as publications as novelists, short story writers and poets, the course aims to develop writers with an awareness of industry demands, form and creative approaches used in generating vibrant and original screenplays, poems and short stories for example. 

Course content

The BA Hons Creative Writing and Screenwriting programme allies intellectual enquiry to skills which facilitate employability and an awareness of the demands of graduate professional careers.

This awareness is achieved through students’ independent study (notably the reading of literature, criticism, watching and analysing screen texts) as well as through participation in formal learning processes in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

Educational objectives range from the assimilation of existing information and knowledge to the production of original creative work- and these are supported throughout the course of a degree by a strong sense of communication with other students in class and with tutors.

There is a strong sense of critical method, analysis, written and oral community, and an appreciation of creativity.

These are skills demanded by graduate employers in the diverse workplaces to which Creative Writing and Screenwriting graduates are attracted and in which they are so highly valued.

Students on the programme will also develop sophisticated project research skills and approaches vital for providing accuracy and authenticity to their writing projects.

The development of industry related creative projects and the professional expectations that come with them are at the heart of the Screenwriting modules as we mirror the industrial practices currently being employed.

The range of assessed work  for Screenwriting modules includes outlines, step outlines, scene by scene breakdowns, treatments, short film screenplays, TV drama ‘Bibles” and scripted episodes, reader’s reports/coverage documents, character biographies, monologues, pitching documents and long form screenplays will enable students to have a full grasp on the wide range of requirements found when scripting drama and comedy work.

For Creative Writing modules, students will engage with a range of genres including poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, drama, radio drama, novel writing and writing for children.

Students will be taken through modules which build skills in areas such as the form in poetry, characterisation, plot, dramatic conventions and structuring a novel.

Students will engage with a range of broad skillsets that will assist in their career development across numerous industries.

Communication skills, pitching, critical analysis, group/team working, presentation activities, ideas generation and creative expression are all fundamental tools students will develop throughout the programme.

Opportunities to study the history, theory and cultural relevance of Creative Writing and Screenwriting gives students the chance to investigate a range of interests throughout their degree beyond applied practice.

The provision runs field trips to international film festivals, galleries, theatres, professional film shoots and industry conventions on a regular basis.

It allies intellectual enquiry to skills which facilitate employability and an awareness of the demands of graduate professional careers.

This awareness is achieved through students’ independent study (notably the reading of literature and criticism) as well as through participation in formal learning processes in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. 

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that students have the best facilities available for their degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. 

We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished.

On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Creative Hub
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

From September 2018 the Screenwriting side of the course will be moving to the new Engineering and Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

This exciting relocation will give students access to professional industry standard facilities including:

  • a 200sqm film studio/sound stage
  • 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work
  • post production area consisting of 9 edit suites alongside our ‘soho’ standard dubbing & master suite
  • recording studios
  • Mac and PC suites
  • ideas labs
  • changing facilities

Where this can take you

Our Creative Writing and Screenwriting programme can open the door to careers in

  • Television
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Games
  • Publishing
  • Writing
  • Animation
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Screenwriting
  • Teaching

Work placements

Students will have the option to undertake a Placement module in their second year.

Lecturers will introduce students to issues affecting employment, and individual tutorials and group meetings will offer the chance to discuss progress and support learning.

Indicative modules

Level 4 (Including Options)

  • Foundations of Story
  • TV Cultures
  • Creating Characters
  • Source and Exploration
  • History & Theory of the Screenplay
  • Screenwriting Structure
  • Classical Hollywood
  • An Introduction to Writing Poetry
  • An Introduction to Writing the Short Story

Level 5 (Including Options)

  • Writing the Short Film
  • Writing TV Drama (30C)
  • Writing the Feature Film
  • British Film
  • Writing for Games
  • Poetry: Form and Freedom
  • Prose Fiction: The Dynamics of Change
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Genre: Prose
  • Life Writing
  • Work Placement and Career Development

Level 6 (Including Options)

  • Personal Study Screenwriting (45C)
  • Personal Study Support
  • Dissertation (30C)
  • American TV Drama
  • Individual Project
  • Industry Engagement & Film Festivals
  • Writing Radio Drama
  • Digital Writing
  • Flash Fiction
  • Advanced Poetry
  • Writing the Contemporary Novel
  • Writing the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Modern Gothic Novel
  • Writing the Contemporary Short Story
  • Writing, Environment and Ecocriticism

Teaching and assessment

  • Screenplays
  • Monologues
  • Notebooks
  • Critical Analysis
  • Presentation
  • Treatments
  • Reflective Essays
  • Essays
  • Critical Portfolios
  • Creative Portfolios
  • TV Show Bibles

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Places still available

Codes

UCAS code: 
WP88
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 years
Full Time