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What makes Film Studies and Screenwriting at Worcester special?

These subjects share an interest in the medium of film and in some of the processes involved in constructing narrative and telling stories. They provide you with exciting opportunities to combine very different types of learning: in tandem with academic study and writing, you will be involved in developing your own creative practice as a writer.

If you are looking for a degree that combines creative work and academic enquiry - and if telling stories and thinking about and writing for film and performance are where your interests lie - then this Joint Honours programme may be your perfect choice.

Film Studies at Worcester introduces you to a wide range of film genres and gives you the ability to understand how we interact, represent our ideas, and tell our stories through a visual medium.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Creative teaching by academics and industry professionals
  • High academic standards with an emphasis on critical evaluation, research skills and reflective practice
  • Balance between contemporary and older films; British, Hollywood, and International cinemas.
  • Small-class sizes, one-to-one tutorials and robust communication between students and staff
  • Fantastic library collection of academic resources to include a variety of digital and on-line services
  • Opportunities to study abroad in the United States, Canada and across Europe

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS

Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory

  • World Cinemas
  • Introduction to Film
  • Story Design and Analysis
  • Two year-long, mandatory modules provide a strong foundation in creating ideas, formatting scripts and analysing story design and structure:
    • Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development

Options

  • Hollywood and Beyond
  • Superhero Films 
  • Introduction to Television Culture

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Film Theory
  • TV Scriptwriting: Concept and Development
  • Developing the Feature Film

Options

  • Film Genre Study 
  • British Cinema
  • Film Cultures 
  • Authors & Authorship 
  • Work Project 
  • Beyond the Mainstream: Identity and Diversity in Film and TV
  • Writing for Radio
  • Writing for Interactive Media
  • Script Development Professional Practice
  • Screen Adaption: Texts, Audiences, Platforms
  • Screen Adaption: Texts and Platforms
  • Playwriting

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Industry, Practices and Applications
  • Independent Study

Options

  • Film & Folklore 
  • Film Reviewing 
  • Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema 
  • Making Monsters 
  • Cinema & Modern Life
  • Literature & Culture: International Exchanges 
  • Asian Cinema 
  • TV Times 
  • Scriptwriting Negotiated Project
  • Independent Study
  • Screenwriting: Final Project
  • Screenwriting Extension Module
  • Radio and Television Comedy
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Writing for Performance
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For full information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Film Studies and Screenwriting.

In Film Studies you are introduced to a wide range of film histories and cultures, covering everything from the Hollywood blockbuster to world cinema. You will study films from a variety of time periods, including recent releases.

You will be encouraged to draw connections between your own experiences of cinema and film theory and there will be many opportunities, during your learning, to benefit from your lecturers' cutting edge research in aspects of film - from, for example, the cultural meaning of zombie cinema to development of the British crime film. Learning takes place in the screening room and in lecture and seminar rooms and takes a variety of forms including small-group discussion, film screenings, lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials and essay preparation sessions. Strong emphasis is placed on interaction and debate between lecturers and students and between students themselves. Assignments are largely essays and presentations but there will be occasional opportunities, too, to work towards less conventional outcomes, including short films.

Screenwriting nurtures your love of story and aims to develop your skills as a writer and media practitioner for the 21st century. It provides creative, challenging approaches to writing for the screen and performance - from initial conception to production.

You are taught by lecturers with both academic and professional, industry backgrounds who are well placed to offer you expert advice and to support your development of original writing. The course provides you with many opportunities to network with industry contacts, supporting your developing understanding of how your writing skills are transferable to employment within the media industries.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Film Studies develops student skills in practice-as-research and research-as-practice for a number of culture and media industries including exhibition, distribution, audience-based marketing, journalism, film education, curating, programming, filmmaking, screenwriting and further academic research.

The opportunity to be introduced to current industry contacts in Screenwriting is an essential element of the progression of your work across the three years, giving you a unique insight into how your skills can transfer into employment within the media industry. There are many career path options including working in the digital arts industries, in film and television and arts organisations, and taking up university and school teaching or postgraduate academic and creative writing courses.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Film Studies and Screenwriting BA (Hons) - PW38

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

PW38

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Mikel Koven

Course Leader, Film Studies

Sarah Evans

Course Leader, Screenwriting