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Screenwriting and creative writing students

BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Screenwriting

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS WP88

Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page

 

Typical Offers (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A Levels: BBC - BCC including an English or Creative Writing A Level at grade C or above
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM​
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

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

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.

Tech Park Exterior

The department of Creative and Digital Technologies occupies the new Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus, which is where you will be taught. This exciting investment gives students access to professional industry standard facilities and hands on practical learning. 

The Tech Park facilites include:

A 300sqm film production studio and sound stage:

Film Studio

9 post production edit suites with‘soho’ standard dubbing:

Editing suite

An 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work:

Green Screen

Professional recording studios with Mac and PC suites:

Recording Studio

The Tech Park is situated on our Bognor Regis campus, with our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) at the heart of the campus, which hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study.

LRC Exterior

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans. 

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

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. ​

  • PGCE Primary
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD) 

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

The modules available on the course are as follows:

All 15 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 4

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Story
  • New TV
  • Source and Exploration
  • Creating Characters

Semester 2

  • Screenplay Structure
  • History/Theory Screenplay
  • An Introduction to Writing Poetry
  • An Introduction to Writing the Short Story

Level 5

Semester 1

  • Writing TV Drama (30c)
  • Writing the Short Film
  • Poetry: Form and Freedom
  • Genre: Poetry

Semester 2

  • Writing TV Drama (30c)
  • Writing the Feature Film Or Writing for Games
  • Prose Fiction: The Dynamics of Change
  • Genre: Prose

Level 6

Semester 1        

  • Personal Study (Dissertation) (45c)

Plus 5 from:

  • Digital Writing
  • Advanced Poetry
  • Journalism
  • Writing the Here and Now: The Contemporary Short Story
  • Flash Fiction
  • Writing the Novel
  • Y.A. Fiction
  • Writing Radio Drama
  • Making It Strange:
  • Writing the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Modern Gothic Novel
  • Writing for the Stage
  • Writing for the Screen

Semester 2

  • Personal Study (Dissertation) (45c)

Plus 5 from:

  • Digital Writing
  • Advanced Poetry
  • Journalism
  • Writing the Here and Now: The Contemporary Short Story
  • Flash Fiction
  • Writing the Novel
  • Y.A. Fiction
  • Making It Strange:
  • Writing the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Modern Gothic Novel
  • Writing for the Screen

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

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

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Study Abroad

The Department of Humanities provides students with an outstanding range of degrees where you are encouraged to study abroad for one or two semesters.

We have partnered up with some of the best universities in the world including our friends in Italy, the oldest University, University of Bologna-Ravenna. The full list of partners today are:

  • University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • University of Wuerzburg (Germany)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Cadiz University (Spain)
  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio (Finland)
  • Karadeniz University (Turkey)
  • St Norberts College (Wisconsin, USA)
  • Mercer University (Georgia, USA)
  • Columbus State University (Georgia, USA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (Iowa, USA)
  • Queens College (New York, USA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (New York, USA)
  • Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
  • Rikkyo University (Japan)

While our students work and study with our partners we welcome their students to our classes as well as supporting academic exchanges for global researchers to connect to our home students.