Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Want to write for film, or write about film? Get expert advice from published writers and professional film-makers. Share your writing with other students, and work together to create films from your screenplays. Develop critical and practical skills that will impress publishers, studios and other employers.
If you’re aiming for a career in screenwriting or film journalism, or want to explore the worlds of film and writing, then Writing and Film Studies is the perfect combination for you. You’ll develop your creative and professional writing skills, examine many key films and film-makers and even get the chance to make your own films.
On our writing modules, you’ll develop your creative and professional writing skills through independent work as well as in our interactive workshops and seminars. Our teaching staff, many of whom are published authors, will offer invaluable feedback – as will your fellow students. Combining this with an exploration of areas such as grammar, style and critical writing, you’ll discover new ways to express your literary talent.
Our film modules will allow you to investigate film-making practices and critical approaches from all over the world, spanning the history of cinema. You’ll get the chance to make explorative, creative, and independent short films in video, animation, or 16mm formats, and develop your interests in film practice, film reviewing, film theory, and screenwriting.
You’ll even have the chance to show your film to the public at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.
Our modules will also give you the chance to study your own areas of interest, such as animation, writing for radio, film reviewing or writing drama.
Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by published writers, critics, film-makers, journalists and professionals from related fields, who can show you the skills and techniques that publishers and studios look for in new writers.
Course Leader: Judy Forshaw
National Student Survey, 2015
Our past students now enjoy successful careers in film and video production, film criticism, cinema/film festival administration and management, film education and teaching, broadcasting, journalism, publishing, advertising and public relations.
Our work-based modules, such as 'Working in English, Communication, Film and Media' in Year 3, will give you vital experience of related professions like publishing, the media industries, teaching or arts administration.
If you’re hoping to get published, you can seek advice from our writing tutors, many of whom are published authors, as well as our Royal Literary Fund fellow.
You’ll also benefit from our links with industry and professional bodies, including Cambridge University Press, Windhorse Publishing, Writers' Centre Norwich, WriteOn!, Sayle Literary Agency and CB1 Poetry.
We work closely with our University’s Careers and Employability Service to make sure you get all the support and advice you need to develop your professional skills. We also host employability events that bring together professionals and practitioners from a variety of disciplines including publishing, modern languages, printing and art design, writing and poetry, media consultancy, teaching, events organisation and festival direction.
You’ll show your progress by writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentations, performance, proposals, reading journals, case studies, critical essays, log books, evaluation reports, film reviews and analyses, internet, print and video production, commissions, and in 'crits', where you’ll present and defend your work.
Each year you’ll prepare a Personal Development Portfolio, which includes a CV and personal statement. This will give you the chance to reflect on your progress to date, the skills you’ve developed and any extracurricular activities that will help you when looking for work.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You can apply to spend one semester in Years 2 or 3 studying at Universidad de Huelva, Spain or Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA.
We encourage you to build relationships with film-related organisations through work placements and commissions. Our recent students have undertaken work experience with Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge Film Festival, Red TV, ITN, London Weekend Television, BBC, CBBC, MTV, Zenith Productions, London Studios and the New York Film Academy, among others.
We organise many extra-curricular activities, like the annual three-day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, theatre, poetry and writing evenings, and research symposia and conferences. You’ll also be able to join the Anglia Ruskin Literary Society, which organises trips to local plays and poetry readings, organises workshops, and hosts guest speakers and performance evenings; or Cambridgeshire Ink, a writing website run by graduates from the course.
We’ll give you access to industry-standard film equipment, including Super 8 Nizo cameras, 16mm Bolex film cameras, and a number of rostrums for traditional animation. Our digital facilities feature Panasonic and JVC HD cameras, and Macintosh computers with Final Cut Pro software for editing and post-production. Our campus also houses film and television studios, multimedia studios and screening theatres.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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