Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Creative Writing and Film Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: WW86

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • The Writer’s Toolkit

    This module introduces you to key concepts of prose writing such as characterisation, dialogue and point of view. Through exploring a stimulating range of prose forms, from short stories to non fiction and the novel, you'll develop and refine your own writing craft.

  • Poetry, Performance, Play

    Discover the stimulating range of ways 'voice' and 'form' can be expressed in poetry and in drama. Develop your own writing skills through experimentation and collaboration as you work towards an original portfolio.

  • Writing Criticism

    Sharpen your skills of film analysis. You'll closely examine a range of different types of cinema, and complete a series of written exercises that will help you become a better film critic.

  • History of Hollywood Cinema

Optional modules

  • Narrative and Narration

    You will increase your knowledge and understanding of narrative and techniques of narration, enhancing your capacity to develop initial ideas and craft them into lively and coherent narratives.

  • Facts into Art

    When it comes to knowing what it's like to be you, living in your world, you're the world-leading authority. This module gives you the skills and confidence to write from what you know, and to explore the world beyond your imagination to give new fuel to your writing life.

  • American Film and Society

    You will explore the relationship between Hollywood cinema and American society from the 1930s to the present day, considering how films of different genres and periods have tackled themes such as race, gender, sexuality, class and disability.

  • The Craft of Filmmaking

    Gain insight into the practical and collaborative elements of filmmaking. This module will introduce you to direction, cinematography, production management, editing and audio, with opportunities for practical application and critical reflection.

  • Screen, Nation, Identity

    This module analyses screen texts with reference to their historical contexts of production and reception. You'll explore the relationships between screen texts and identity politics via East Asian, European, and North American cinema. Films include Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Blade Runnerand Festen.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • The Art of Storytelling

    Learn how film stories are put together, and how to take them apart. You'll explore topics including exposition, closure, suspense and temporal ordering, in a module designed to refine your appreciation of the structure of screen narratives.

Optional modules

  • Scriptwriting

    Through practical exercises, you’ll explore the importance of the principles underpinning the structure of a script, the creation of character and the manipulation of tension. You’ll learn how to receive and give constructive feedback on the creative work of others, as well as your own.

  • The Short Story

    You will increase your knowledge of the short story form and develop your capacity to craft initial ideas into engaging short fiction.

  • Writing Poetry Now

    Discover the best of the wide range of poetries being written now. Develop your own writing skills as you work towards creating an affective and technically accomplished original portfolio.

  • Writing the Novel

    What is it about an opening chapter that makes the rest of a novel inevitable? Through reading others, workshops, and studies of the likes of character, plot and structure, you'll kickstart your own novel into being.

  • American Alternative Cinema

    This module examines and critically evaluates film practice beyond the Hollywood mainstream. You'll encounter alternative filmmaking practices such as 'exploitation cinema', 'trash cinema', 'cult cinema' and 'independent/underground cinema'. You will have the opportunity to study some of the most infamous examples of alternative cinema such as Pink Flamingos, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Bad Girls go to Hell.

  • American Animation History

    In this module, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the history of American animation by taking an in-depth look at the genre.

  • Documenting America: Themes in American Non-Fiction Film

  • Landmarks of World Cinema

    Examine different national cinemas and draw on the analysis of relevant historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts. You'll explore concepts including debates around defining world cinema; ideas of first, second and third cinema; global and trans-national cinema; the relationship between genre and world cinema; film movements; international stardom, and film distribution practices.

  • Representing the Real, Disclosing the Truth, and Capturing the Everyday

  • Screening Genders

    This module gives you the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of feminist film theory.

  • US Cold War Culture: From Consensus to Dissent

    Understand how the Cold War shaped American Culture, and how American Culture shaped the Cold War. You'll explore the impact of events such as the invention of the atomic bomb, McCarthyism, and the Vietnam War, upon American film, media and society.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation or Screen Production Project

Optional modules

  • Writing the City

    You will explore the changing nature of cities, and apply knowledge gained through studying a variety of material to help create new narratives of the city.

  • American History by Hollywood

    From D W Griffith’s 1915 epic The Birth of a Nation onwards, Hollywood filmmakers have drawn upon the history of the United States as a bountiful source of stories characters and adventures. Exploring cinematic representations of events such as the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement, or figures as diverse as Abraham Lincoln and Jesse James, this module compares Hollywood’s version of history with what historical courses say ‘really’ happened in the past.

  • Disney Studies

    This module looks at the history and impact of the Disney studio/Disney company.

  • East Asian Cinema

    This module delivers key critical and theoretical approaches that engage with national and transnational elements of East Asian Cinema. You'll study a dynamic and innovative programme from China, Japan, and Korea including films from Seven Samurai to Old Boy, and filmmakers from Seijun Suzuki to Bong Joon-ho.

  • Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World

    This module critically analyses the contemporary horror film in a variety of national contexts. You'll study horror cinema from countries as diverse as the US, Brazil, France, Australia and Iran, including the films It, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, [REC], and À l'intérieur/Inside.

  • Is Television History?

    This module offers a wide-ranging exploration of the ways in which television can represent history and act as a subject within history and historical enquiry. You'll study television dramas set in the past; historical documentaries and quasi-documentaries on television; the practices of television history within the academy; issues raised by burgeoning studies of memory and nostalgia; museums and other 'sites of remembrance'; television's uses of its own past; and the effect of television and other recording media upon how we conceptualise history.

  • Screen Production Project

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More about this course

Our English and Film Studies provide students with exciting opportunities to be part of the literary and creative scene at the university and beyond. Hull has a long and illustrious association with creative writing, being the former home of poets Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin. Your studies are enhanced by the Larkin Centre, which attracts internationally renowned visiting authors, as well as new talent. We've invested £9.5 million in Middleton Hall to create a world-class concert venue, cinema, and theatre space. These come on top of our existing state-of-the-art TV, film and digital media facilities on campus.

On this combined programme, you’ll develop your confidence in writing, building your core skills and experimenting in different genres. The film studies aspect of the course teaches you how to approach film and television as art, history, culture, entertainment and commerce. Both English and Film Studies staff are experts in their fields, and are actively involved in publishing articles and books in their research areas.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Superb facilities include the Brynmor Jones Library which is open 24/7 and boasts cutting edge technology and more than a million books.

Fantastic facilities include Middleton Hall, with its advanced cinema, as well as dedicated TV, film and digital media resources.

Benefit from our connections with regional film and media organisations, and gain invaluable work experience.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

English graduates from both single and joint honours programmes have an excellent employability record.

Our graduates have found employment with a wide range of public and private sector companies and organisations including: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, J. Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer, and the Ministry of Justice. Our graduates are employed in a wide range of graduate entry positions including Public Relations Officer, Secondary Teacher, Retail Store Manager, Employment Agency Consultant, Quality Assurance Technician, Pension Adviser and Fundraising and Appeals Organiser.

Judging from the experiences of our graduates so far, a degree in film studies will open exactly the same doors as any other arts degree, equipping you for satisfying and well-paid work in teaching, management, human resources, marketing, public relations, publishing, consultancy, journalism and broadcasting, arts administration, finance, retail, and so forth. More specifically, for those seeking a career in the competitive media industries, it has acted as a springboard to practical work in film and television and further postgraduate study.