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Anglia Ruskin University

Writing and Film Studies

UCAS Code: WP83

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including grade C in English Language or English Literature.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including grade C in English Language or English Literature.

63%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Creative writing

Film studies

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.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Prose Fiction
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Video 1
Film Reviewing
Language and Criticism for Writers
Introduction to Film Theory

Year one, optional modules

Screenwriting: Introduction to the Screen

Year two, core modules

Writing Short Fiction
Theorising Spectatorship
Screenwriting: The Feature Film
Classical Hollywood Cinema

Year two, optional modules

Writing Drama
Documentary Film Theory
Intercultural Encounters in Global Cinema
News and Feature Writing
Animation
Screenwriting: Script to Screen
Non-Fiction Filmmaking
Writing Historical Fiction

Year three, core modules

Film Journalism
Screenwriting: Adaptation
Major Project

Year three, optional modules

Writing Poetry
Special Topics in Film Studies
Film Art
Film, Modernity and Postmodernity
Narrative in Global Cinema
Independent Film Practice 1
Working in English and Media
Social Media and the Business of Writing
Scriptwriting
Portfolio
Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema
Writing Speculative Fiction
Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Optional modules available all years

Anglia Language Programme

Assessment methods

For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

English and Media

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
med
Creative writing
77%
med
Film studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Media studies

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
82%
low
Employed or in further education
75%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Teaching and educational professionals
12%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative writing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Film studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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