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Sheffield Hallam University

Film Studies and Screenwriting

UCAS Code: W8P3

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

Entry requirements


At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BCC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

86%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Film studies

Scriptwriting

Study the foundational, theoretical and practical knowledge of writing for film and television.

• Learn about the the traditions and cultural contexts of film storytelling, with a grounding in narrative forms.
• Apply academic knowledge to your own writing, across a range of genres.
• Enjoy weekly film screenings at our in-house cinema.

Develop a solid grounding in the academic study of film, with a practical understanding of how to write screenplays. You also study cinema in terms of its industrial development, its changing production, distribution and exhibition practices and its leading theoretical frameworks. You have the opportunity to undertake activities related directly to future employment.

* How you learn*

In seminars and practical workshops you participate in discussion, presentations and writing exercises, developing communication and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to think and respond quickly and creatively to questions and ideas. All practical screenwriting modules involve weekly workshops where you receive feedback on work-in-progress from peers and tutors.

You learn through:

• seminars
• lectures
• practical workshops
• film screenings

**Live projects**

A diverse programme of volunteering and paid opportunities mean that you're able to build your CV as you progress through the course. These opportunities have included (but are not limited to) producing, researching and presenting on The Film Show on the Sheffield Live radio station, working in a variety of roles at Sheffield's international documentary festival Doc/Fest, acting as a mentor to students on the British Film Institute's Summer Academy, and writing articles for The Void magazine.

**Field trips**

Alongside taught sessions, your learning is expanded by trips off-campus (previous trips have included the BBC in Salford and a writing retreat for third year students) as well as a variety of guest lecturers and speakers including leading film directors, script writers, film composers and film journalists.

**Future careers**

This course prepares you for a career in:

• screenwriting for film or television
• filmmaking
• the arts and entertainment industries
• teaching
• community development
• the cultural industries sector
• management and administration
• events management
• journalism
• professional writing
• librarianship
• marketing
• programme scheduling

Modules

**Year one core modules**- • introduction to film analysis • studying for stage and screen • introduction to screenwriting • film narrative, screenwriters and screenplays, cinemania: researching cinema

**Year two core modules**-• writing and selling screenplays • scripting a performance, a close-up on British cinema
**Year two options*** Choose three from • Hollywood • alternative cinemas • adapting for the screen • professional film writing • TV comedy and drama

**Year three core modules**-• final screenwriting project • screenwriting and professional practice
**Year three options**- Choose three from • music and film • documentary film and television • contemporary East Asian cinema • page, stage and screen • epics, spectacles and blockbusters • American nightmares • must-see TV

Modules offered vary from year to year. Other topics may be added in the future.

Assessment methods

• Coursework
• Independent project 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
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

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.

71%
med
Film studies
85%
med
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.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

81%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

82%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
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
86%
2:1 or above
3%
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.

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

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.

£14,500
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Customer service occupations
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.

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.

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£16k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

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.

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.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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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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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