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Undergraduate

BA Creative Writing and Film Studies

Learn how to craft a jaw-dropping plot twist – and how to bring it to life on screen.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

WW86

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Start date

Course overview

Combine your passion for writing and film at a university with a strong heritage in both. This exciting course invites you to be part of the University's thriving literary and creative scene.

You'll develop your confidence in writing (including scriptwriting), 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.

Our staff are experts in their fields, and have published many articles and books.

Six reasons to study Creative Writing and Film Studies at Hull

  1. We're hosting the BBC's Contains Strong Language*
  2. Thriving cultural community in Hull
  3. Surround-sound cinema in Middleton Hall
  4. 24/7 term-time access to Brynmor Jones Library
  5. Staff have published novels and scripts
  6. Study with experts in genres from Disney to horror

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    The Writer’s Toolkit

    This module introduces you to key concepts of prose writing such as characterisation, dialogue and point of view. Exploring a range of prose forms, you'll develop and refine your own writing craft.

    Poetry, Performance, Play

    Discover how to express voice in poetry and in drama. You'll develop your own writing skills through experimentation and collaboration as you build an original portfolio.

    Writing Criticism

    Sharpen your film analysis skills. 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

    ​In this module, you will explore the history of Hollywood cinema. It will be examined within the context of US social, cultural, and political history.​

    Facts into Art

    You're the world authority on what it's like to be you. This module gives you the skills and confidence to write from what you know, and explore what's beyond your imagination.

    The Craft of Filmmaking

    Get insight into the practical and collaborative elements of filmmaking, on a module which introduces you to direction, cinematography, production management, editing and audio.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    The Art of Storyteller's

    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

    Scriptwriting

    Explore the importance of the principles behind the structure of a script, the creation of character and the manipulation of tension. 

    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 range of poetries being written now. Develop your own writing skills as you create an effective and technically accomplished original portfolio.

    Writing the Novel

    How does an opening chapter make the rest of a novel inevitable? Through reading, workshops, and studies of character, plot and structure, you'll kick-start your own novel.

    American Alternative Cinema

    Go beyond the Hollywood mainstream with case studies including independent, cult, exploitation, trash and underground cinema.

    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.

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

    Explore how film and TV represents reality and why - in an era of alternative facts and fake news - representing reality matters. You'll consider documentaries, news and more. 

    Screening Genders

    Critically examine the representation of gender on screen through the lens of feminist film theory.

    Television and Factual Production

    Produce factual content suitable for broadcast as part of a small production crew. It's an opportunity to develop your production skills and learn more about TV and factual production.

    Moving Image Techniques

    Learn to manipulate image and sound - and create your own experimental film or music video. 

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Creative Writing Portfolio - Giving Voice

    What form suits you: playwriting, screenwriting, the novel, the short story, nonfiction, poetry? Choose your form and then progress towards a portfolio that showcases your best writing.

    Creative Writing Portfolio - Making Yourself Heard

    You'll refine the writing voice for your portfolio and work with others to improve your editing. You'll submit work for publication, put on a showcase event or publish a magazine. 

  • Optional

    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.

    Disney Studies

    An in-depth exploration of the history and impact of Disney's global entertainment empire.

    East Asian Cinema

    Examine the dynamic and diverse film output of countries including China, South Korea and Japan, and reflect on film as a 'transnational' phenomenon.

    Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World

    Analyse contemporary horror films in the national context of their respective country. You'll study movies including It, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, [REC], and À l'intérieur/Inside.

    Is Television History?

    Reflect on the ways in which television can both do history and be history, with case studies ranging from period dramas to historical documentaries.

    Screen Production Project 1: Planning and Pre-Production

    Turn your film idea into a workable and professional project before you step into production. Learn about what it takes to create a film before pitching your idea, ready for the next steps.

    Screen Production Project 2: Filming and Post-Production

    Create your film. Take the reins and follow the project through from pre-production to shooting, editing, screening and review.

    Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror: Writing the Wondrous and the Weird

    Create and populate a new world, discovering a gateway into the esoteric elements of these genres – including magic, futurism, scientific advancement and the end of the world.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

276 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

924 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

16%
8%
76%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

144 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,056 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

13%
5%
82%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

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 

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.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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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Our teaching staff

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Creative Writing and Film Studies students enjoy 24/7 access to our Brynmor Jones Library which boasts more than a million books.

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£14,500 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Professional writing
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Broadcast presenter
  • Film director

You'll build a varied portfolio of work and develop desirable skills in analysis, research and communication that will make you an appealing candidate in a wide range of industries.

Being able to tailor your messaging to reach different audiences will give you a powerful advantage, especially if you combine your developing portfolio with job-ready skills gained from work experience or voluntary work.

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