Prepare for a career in screenwriting, journalism or film-making. Develop your creative and professional writing skills, examine key films and film-makers and create your own short films.
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On our BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies, you’ll discover the fascinating ways in which writing and film intersect.
As well as developing your creative writing skills, including screenwriting and short stories, you’ll have the chance to explore professional writing techniques, including film reviews. Combining these with a study of critical writing, you’ll discover new ways to express your literary talent.
You’ll also investigate film-making practices from all over the world and learn the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker. This, along with full training in camera operation, sound recording and editing, will help you create your own explorative short films in video, animation or 16mm format.
Our teaching staff, which includes many published writers and professional film-makers, will offer you invaluable feedback on all of your practical work – as will your fellow students. This will give you the unique opportunity to consider a range of responses to your work, as well as to sharpen your own critical skills. You can also seek advice on your writing from our Royal Literary Fund fellows.
If there is a particular career that you are working towards, or interests that you want to explore, you can specialise further on our optional modules, including areas such as poetry and film art. You can even continue to practise your film-making, and create a project for screening at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.
Throughout the course you’ll have the chance to take part in extra-curricular events such as the Cambridge Film Festival, as well as attend guest lectures from key figures in the film industry. Our past speakers have included Terence Davies, Jayne Parker and Peter Gidal.
Course Leader: Judy Forshaw
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Our BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies will help you prepare for many writing and film-related roles. Many of our past students now enjoy careers in film and video production, film criticism, cinema/film festival administration and management, film education, broadcasting, journalism or publishing.
You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our:
Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have undertaken work experience with Cambridge University Press Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge Film Festival, ITN, London Weekend Television, BBC, CBBC, MTV, Zenith Productions, Pinewood Studios, Sequence Post production, Sight and Sound magazine, London Studios and the New York Film Academy, among others.
We host employability events that bring together professionals and practitioners from a variety of writing and film-related disciplines. You can also seek advice on your writing from our Royal Literary Fund fellows.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress through many methods, reflecting the varied nature of the course. These will include writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentations, journals and log books, critical essays, film reviews and analyses, internet, print and video production, and commissions. You’ll also take part in 'crits', in which 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’ll be able to use our industry-standard film equipment including Super 8 Nizo cameras, 16mm Bolex film cameras and a number of rostrums for traditional animation, and digital facilities featuring Panasonic and JVC HD cameras and a suite of Macs with Final Cut Pro software.
We organise and attend many extra-curricular activities, including an annual three-day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Film Festivals such as Cambridge and Watersprite, poetry and writing evenings, and research symposia and conferences. You’ll also be able to join student societies, such as the Poetry Society, the Film Viewing Society and the Harry Potter Society, which organise their own events.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying at Ramapo University in New Jersey, USA; Roskilde University in Denmark; or CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain.
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
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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