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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.