BA Creative Writing and Film Studies

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

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Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

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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 confidence in your writing through core skills and techniques, experimenting with forms including scriptwriting, non-fiction, short stories, the novel and poetry, as well as genres from fantasy and science fiction to myth and fairy tale. You’ll learn how to approach film and television as art, history, culture, entertainment and commerce.

Our staff are creative practitioners and experts in their field, fans of the creative arts as much as they are enthusiastic tutors and academics.

At Hull, you'll benefit from a range of opportunities outside of your studies. In creative writing, you can get involved with our active, student-led English Society and Write HU, as well as participate in termly Writing Showcases celebrating our students' work.

And in film - there are opportunities to experience on a placement. This could be through our involvement with Screen Yorkshire's Connected Campus: a scheme which can help prepare you for life in the film and TV industry through masterclasses, workshops and visiting speakers.

Creativity lives and breathes at the University of Hull. Always has done, always will. It’s central to what universities do. But at Hull, we’re building something that goes far beyond our four walls. 

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

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Creative Writing and Film Studies


Six reasons to study Creative Writing and Film Studies at Hull

  1. Study under published fiction writers, poets and scriptwriters
  2. Top 20 for Creative Writing#
  3. Part of Yorkshire's Connected Campus
  4. Surround sound cinema in Middleton Hall & state of the art filming and editing suite
  5. 100% graduate employability rating
  6. Thriving cultural community in Hull

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

    ‘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.

    Film Form

    You'll 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 how to closely analyse and capture in writing the aesthetic achievements of a range of films from across the history of narrative cinema, including tone, genre, and convention, as part of your evaluative exploration of film art.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory 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.

  • Optional Modules


    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.

    Experimental Cinema

    Explore the fascinating and diverse history of filmmaking practice outside the mainstream.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    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.

  • Optional

    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.

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

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • 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

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • 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.

Daniel Ramsoy Daniel Ramsoy – BA Creative Writing and Film Studies

"Creative Writing & Film Studies is a good combination for anyone looking to write for the screen. In my writing modules I've had the invaluable experience of constant peer feedback."

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

Work out your estimated 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

Alternative qualifications

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

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

If you require a 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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Take a tour of the facilities

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


£9,250 per year*


£15,400 per year

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

The fees shown are for 2022 entry. The fees for 2023 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,706 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

*Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within 15 months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2018/19, published by HESA July 2021.

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