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
The Writer’s Toolkit
‘The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms’ – Muriel Rukeyser. This module will help you to nourish the writer within you, and introduce you to the key concepts that will allow your imagination to flourish through writing exercises, workshops and advice from published writers.
What are some of the fundamental elements of film form? How do they create meaning? How do they form part of larger stylistic systems? On this module, you will examine and learn how to describe dimensions of film including mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, and sound. You will also learn about the structures of some of the most important modes of screen storytelling.
Introduction to Filmmaking
Get hands-on with filmmaking equipment in our studio and editing facilities, completing a series of group tasks that equip you with the basic practical skills you can build on throughout the rest of your degree.
Facts into Art
Discover how to convert real life into good storytelling. Extend your creative writing skills by generating ideas from daily life, and crafting them into well-conceived, skilled pieces.
Poetry, Performance, Play
Do you love the sound of words, the rhythm of poetry and the power of the human voice? Then this module is for you. Join us to learn how to craft your words into shape as you play with form and perform your own monologues, sonnets, haiku and more, letting your words travel out through the dark.
Film Analysis and Criticism
Learn to analyse and evaluate film style through weekly case-study films. Watch them in full, read critical writing, and discuss the film in detail in small group seminars. You will write a series of short pieces of critical writing, which will prepare you for the module’s assessments: a close analysis of a short film sequence, and an essay evaluating one of the module’s films.
Second year modules
Crime and Transgression
Societies, cultures and communities often construct themselves around what they define as ‘criminal’ or ‘transgressive’. Question how societies and cultures enforce discipline upon ‘transgressive’ individuals and groups: what is a ‘crime’ and who effectively gets punished? Explore how societies respond to those who transgress against heteronormative relationships or those whose gender identities put them beyond their societies’ very narrow definitions.
The Storyteller’s Art
Write your own tales of transformation and adventure, drawing on the world’s greatest stories studied in this module.
Writing the Environment
This module showcases the power of language, literature, and the creative word to shape and shift attitudes towards our planet and its future survival. It will encourage you to explore eco-writing and environmentalist discourse responding to three of today’s urgent environmental challenges: pollution, the climate crisis, and sustainability.
Learn about story, plot, characterisation, dialogue, structure and adaptation. Develop your skills in giving and receiving feedback on creative work. Learn how to work effectively in a group, sharing work, encouraging other writers and being encouraged by others to be the best scriptwriter you can be.
Moving Image Techniques
Explore the creative possibilities of moving image media. Leave storytelling behind, and develop a concept for a short moving image piece, which will then become your own independent production.
American Alternative Cinema
Explore and apply theoretical approaches to aesthetic forms and themes, modes of production, and audience and media reception of categories such as ‘underground cinema’ and ‘indiewood’. Develop your critical and theoretical faculties so that you can actively engage and participate in debates that encompass both mainstream and alternative American filmmaking practices.
Writing Poetry Now
Do you want to take your poetry further? If you are ready to become a more skilled practitioner, able to present your work to an audience, and willing to go deeper into your study of contemporary poetry, then join us. Learn how exciting contemporary poetry is, and feel more confident in your own contributions to the poetry world.
The Short Story
Do you love reading, writing or listening to short stories? Immerse yourself in classic and contemporary stories, learn about how writers deliver their magic, using limited word counts to make every word sing. Go on to craft your own stories, drawing on the limitations of the form to turn it into a strength.
Representing Reality, Disclosing Truth, and Capturing the Everyday
One of the key roles of our media is to represent the world, its happenings, and its diversity to us as accessibly and truthfully as possible. Why do media texts and media companies so often fail in their duty to represent reality? Through conceptual reflection and case study exploration, you'll explore these questions.
Television and Factual Production
Learn the skills of factual screen production. Working in small groups, you will create short items of broadcast quality to form part of a magazine-style programme.
Explore the fascinating and diverse history of filmmaking practice outside the mainstream.
Final year modules
Creative Writing Portfolio: Preparation
Everyone has a story to tell – through Creative Writing Portfolio: Preparation, you will research, plan and begin development of a creative project that is uniquely yours. Continue your development with masterclass seminars and writing workshops that will provide you with the skills needed to take your creative project from conception to completion.
Creative Writing Portfolio
You will intrigue us with your fascinating characters, move us as they tackle dilemmas, arcing across landscapes set in believable worlds. You will entice us with your lyricism and imagery, and draw us in with your control of language. As your stories and poems of the unexpected buzz across the page, you will make us want to read on.
Writing the Novel
Learn to read like a writer and write like a reader as we encourage you to develop the story that is smouldering inside you. This module reveals many of the secrets of how to plan, write, edit and rewrite long-form prose. Upon completion, you will have the skills, technique, drive and determination to begin writing a novel – your novel.
Screen Production Project 1
Plan your own creative filmmaking project. Go through a process of scoping, development, pitching and refinement that emulates commercial independent film development.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror: Writing the Wondrous and the Weird
A module for those for whom magic is real, technology is limitless and there are monsters hiding around every corner – Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror: Writing the Wondrous and the Weird will take you on a journey through your imagined world and encourage you to explore, to play and to craft high-quality genre fiction.
Writing the City
Do you want to write dystopian fiction? Or imagine how to make our cities happier, more democratic places to live? Then Writing The City is the module for you, with its opportunities for debate, writing, workshopping and editing your view of the city.
Screen Production Project 2
Plan an independent short film. You will be helped to develop your idea into a workable project, conduct risk assessments, schedule, and pitch your concept.
Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World
Approach the horror film from the larger context of world cinema in order to assess if America’s ‘collective nightmare’ is indeed part of a larger trend that feeds into the concept of ‘global nightmares’. In particular, the module will focus on how world horror cinema represents issues of the family, gender, and the ‘Other’ alongside more contemporary concerns such as pandemic disease, environmental collapse, immigration, and terrorism.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.