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Liverpool John Moores University

Creative Writing and Film Studies

UCAS Code: WW86

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 Is general studies acceptable? Yes Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Average A Level offer: BBC Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:12

Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

UCAS Tariff

112

We are looking for students with a critical and practical enthusiasm for the written arts and media in general and film, publishing and performance in particular. The kind of essential skills that you will need to include in your application are: You will be able to work on your own or as part of a group. Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to seminars, workshops and give presentations. Good analytical skills, so that you can critically assess films and written texts. You have an enthusiasm for film and reading and writing. Desirable Skills: Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays and projects. Time management, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis. Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed. ​Applications are welcomed from mature and non standard applicants who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience and may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview. International Applicants: We welcome overseas applicants who will be considered in line with UK requirements.

87%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Creative writing

Cinematics

As a student on the BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University you will taught by internationally published poets, novelists and film industry professionals.

- Creative Writing and Film Studies ranked 7th best in the country in the 2019 Guardian University league table

- Study the history of film and make short digital films

- Professional guidance and peer support to help you develop your writing to publishable standard

- Three-day residential writers' retreat at a country house in rural Wales

- Teaching is based in the £38m Redmonds Building in Liverpool City Centre

- Liverpool has more theatres, cinemas, literary events, arts centres, galleries and museums than any city outside London

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

•Film Language
•Introduction to Filmmaking
•Film Criticism
•Introduction to Poetry
•Introduction to Scriptwriting
•Introduction to Prose

Level 5

The following options are typically offered:

•American Cinema
•Film Adaptation
•Experimental Filmmaking
•Short Filmmaking
•European Cinema
•Working in Film
•Screen 1
•Treatment and Screenplay
•The Fantastic
•Approaching your Novel
•Short Prose
•Poetry Writing Workshop: Form and Substance
•Short Story 1
•Dramatic Writing for Radio and Stage

Level 6

The following options are typically offered:

•Prose Portfolio 1
•World Cinema
•Prose Portfolio 2
•Independent Study in Creative Writing
•Final Film Pre-Production
•The Writer at Work
•Final Film Production
•The Writer at Work: The Project
•Interpretation in Film
•Poetry Writing Workshop: Advanced Poetry 1
•Dissertation
•Poetry Writing Workshop: Advanced Poetry 2
•Mixed Media Research Project
•Advanced Scriptwriting
•Work Based Learning
•Screenplay Portfolio
•Professional Writing for Film
•Digital Writing

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently according to the type of assessment they are given, and so you will be assessed by a combination of coursework, exams and group productions. Coursework includes essays, reviews, individual and group presentations, individual and group critical self-evaluation, logbooks, self-reflective group portfolios, research exercises, individual work-based learning reports and dissertations. Exams may be seen or unseen and may include class tests. Group productions of audio-visual artefacts include photo-storyboards, vox-pops, and factual and fictional video productions.

Your tutors will provide feedback on your assessments within 15 working days of submission and you will receive regular feedback on draft creative work submitted to workshops. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Liverpool Screen School

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.

75%
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Creative writing
79%
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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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

77%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

65%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

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Average annual salary
92%
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Employed or in further education
80%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Other elementary services occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

Cinematics and photography

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.

£17,616
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Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Other elementary services occupations
20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

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.

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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 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

£18k

£18k

£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.

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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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