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Film Studies and Screenwriting BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Creative teaching by academics and industry professionals, incorporating guest lectures, Skype discussion and other forms of involvement from high-level professionals in radio, TV and film
  • Research-led teaching by committed and enthusiastic academics
  • High academic standards with an emphasis on critical evaluation, research skills and reflective practice
  • Innovative approach, with modules on craft and voice, creativity and collaboration and professionalism and employment
  • 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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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Film Studies and Screenwriting.

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.

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. Scheduled visitors in 2014/15 include writers for Holby City, Hollyoaks and Moving On and development executives from the makers of TV shows including Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family and Philomena. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things; Eastern Promises; Peaky Blinders) will be providing individual script feedback to the winner of The Steven Knight Award for Best Screenplay, awarded exclusively to one of Worcester’s final year Screenwriting students.

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.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Mikel Koven
Course Leader, Film Studies
01905 855297

Sarah Evans
Course Leader, Screenwriting
01905 855298

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Film: Theory & Practice
Hollywood and Beyond
Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development
Story Design and Analysis


Module options:

Contemporary World Cinema
Truth, Reality and the Documentary Film

Year 2

Core modules:

Approaches to Film
Scriptwriting: Concept Development and Realisation


Module options:

Film Genre Studies
Film: Culture, Audience, Industry
Screen Adaptation
Writing the Feature Film
Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV

Year 3

Core modules:

Industry, Practices and Applications


Module options:

Independent Study
Film & Folklore
Film Reviewing
Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema
Underworld UK
Cinema and Modern Life
TV Times
Screenwriting: Final Project
Scriptwriting Extension Module
Radio and Television Comedy



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.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Film Studies and Screenwriting BA (Hons) – PW38

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