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Bournemouth University

Scriptwriting for Film and Television

UCAS Code: W620

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

Entry requirements


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52%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Scriptwriting

The foundation of all film, TV, radio and narrative output is scriptwriting. On this course you’ll develop your abilities to create, develop and deliver ideas across a range of formats generating a portfolio of work.

You’ll learn how to develop, produce and critique scripts, as well as how to develop your creative and critically reflective voice and writing style. Writing for film, television, animation, theatre, radio and adaptation are encompassed, so that students have a firm foundation in a variety of narrative formats.

You’ll be taught by highly-skilled academic staff and professional practitioners, alongside regular guest speakers from the industry. They will help you develop a professional approach to your outlook and a wider understanding of a variety of creative and production roles so that you’ll be strongly placed to respond to professional opportunities.

During the course you’ll be encouraged to work collaboratively with students on other courses, giving you opportunities to see your work produced and form creative partnerships.

As part of the course, you’ll have the chance to take a work placement of either four or 30 weeks. The result will be an invaluable experience and a host of professional contacts, which will help you enter the workplace in a much stronger position. This is complemented by a graduate degree show held in London at the end of the course where you celebrate your achievements and can make further industry contacts.

Modules

This strong grounding will help you to hone your writing skills and enable you to produce engaging scripts for a variety of mediums. More importantly perhaps, you'll also discover the secrets of pitching and developing documents, so that when you graduate you'll know exactly how to get your scripts noticed once you enter the industry, as well as giving you an overview of the film and TV production processes.

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
International
£13,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

Department of Media Production

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.

64%
low
Scriptwriting

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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

71%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
29%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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
90%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Scriptwriting

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

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

£26k

£26k

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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