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BA (Hons) Screenwriting

A course to prepare you for a professional screenwriting career. BA (Hons) Screenwriting examines the art, craft and industry of Screenwriting, with a particular emphasis on contemporary practice and commercial requirements. guided by a team of professional and experienced Screenwriters, with credits in feature films, TV Drama and award winning short films, the course aims to develop writers with an awareness of industry, form and creative approaches used in generating vibrant and original screenplays.

Course content

BA (Hons) Screenwriting explores structure, genre, character and tone through project work and analysis as students shape their style and processes.

This course covers a range of content and platforms, and is 75% practical.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your 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
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

In addition, the Media Department has a dedicated Green Screen facility and studio for student use as and when projects require it. Within the Creative Hub you will find two Mac Suites for all your creative needs with highly trained support staff ready to answer any of your questions.

Our seven Edit Suites are of professional specifications with high level of soundproofing and hardware, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the postproduction of drama, documentary and performance projects.

Students will receive training on a wide range of industry standard creative software packages such as:

  • Final Cut Pro 7
  • Photoshop 6
  • Celtx
  • Compressor 3.5
  • DVD studio Pro
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Final Draft 8
  • Nuke X
  • After Effects
  • Plura Eyes
  • Frame Forge
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Avid Media Composer 7
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Logic 9
  • Adobe Premier 6
  • Blender

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Foundations of Story
  • Screenwriting process
  • Screenplay Structure
  • Micro Shorts
  • Introduction to industry
  • Hollywood films
  • Practice toolkit
  • 21st Century Story

Year Two

  • Writing the Short film
  • Screenplay history & theory
  • Writing TV Drama
  • Script Editing
  • Directing Actors
  • British film
  • Comedy
  • Post production
  • Self-Employment; Marketing & Promotion
  • Writing the feature film
  • War films
  • Comedy

Year Three

  • Personal Study project (long form Screenplay)
  • Writing for Computer games
  • Industry Engagement & film festivals
  • Horror Cinema
  • American tV Drama
  • Writers & industry
  • Men, Women & Movies
  • Creative portfolio

Teaching and assessment

As a student within a community of undergraduates, you will develop your teamwork skills, take part in multi-camera live-event filming, study trends in contemporary media cultures, and have the opportunity to work within a vibrant cultural hub of actors, dancers, filmmakers, composers, orchestras, scriptwriters and choreographers.

You will have the opportunity to take part in overseas practical and research projects and, alongside developing your practical and critical skills, you will enhance your fit-for-industry business skills, helping you to find your place in one of the most exciting and diverse professions.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

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Codes

UCAS code: 
W810
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time