BA (Hons) Writing and Film

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Introduction

Develop your writing and filmmaking skills while learning about the films, writers and directors that have shaped the medium by studying for our BA (Hons) Writing and Film degree in Cambridge.

CATARINA RODRIGUES

"I was always very interested in the visual world as a kid. Studying film was the perfect way to combine a passion for photography with movement and sound as well."

CATARINA RODRIGUES

BA (Hons) Film Studies

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You’ll learn to tell stories which engage audiences, whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, or make films and documentaries. You’ll explore and develop professional writing techniques related to film including screenwriting and film journalism.

You’ll get invaluable feedback on all of your creative writing work from professional writers, including our teaching staff and Royal Literary Fund fellows, as well as your fellow students. This will offer you the unique opportunity to consider a range of responses to your work, as well as sharpening your own critical skills.

Investigating filmmaking practices from all over the world, and learning the language of film from the perspective of a filmmaker, you’ll make your own short films in video, animation or 16mm format, with full training in camera operation, sound recording and editing from professional filmmakers. If you specialise in filmmaking, you’ll put your well-practised skills to the test in a project that, once complete, will be screened at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. The best may also be selected for showing at the Cambridge Film Festival. You’ll learn to write knowledgeably and critically about film, giving you even more opportunities to get involved in Cambridge’s exciting arts scene.

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Facilities and accreditation

Industry-standard equipment

As a student at ARU you’ll have use of:

  • a fully-equipped HD multi-camera TV studio includes multi-purpose scenic backdrops, suitable for current affairs, drama and magazine programmes
  • a film studio featuring overhead lighting, tracks, dollies, green screens, and flats
  • a full range of HD cameras, as well as Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film cameras, and sound-recording equipment for location filming
  • for editing and post-production, the complete Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • benefit from award-wining learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • make the most of our field trips, guest lectures, and connections with the local arts scene
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

Careers

Our BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies students go on to successful careers in a variety of fields, including film and video production, film criticism, cinema/film festival administration and management, film education, broadcasting, journalism and publishing.

You’ll develop literacy, creativity, problem-solving, analysis and communication skills, which are highly valued by employers. You can enhance your CV by taking advantage of our extensive local and national media contacts to gain experience on work placements. Previous students have undertaken work experience at Cambridge University Press, ITN, BBC, Pinewood Studios, the New York Film Academy, and many more.

You could also continue your studies, developing your specialisms or starting an exciting career in research with our Masters degrees in English Literature, Children's Literature, and Creative Writing and Publishing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Jennifer Walne

"Finding the confidence to send my writing out into the world was a hard step for me, but I pushed myself and I’m proud of that."

Jennifer Walne

BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature student

Jennifer's story

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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