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.
"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."
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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.
Our optional modules allow you to further explore your interests or specialise for a particular career. In Years 2 and 3, you can also learn a language on our Anglia Language Programme and what’s more, you can choose to study abroad as part of your course and expand your cultural horizons and apply for funding to cover the cost.
Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies such as the BBC, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Film & Video Umbrella, Cannes Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Take One magazine, Watersprite Film Festival, CBBC, ITN Productions, London Studios, MTV, New York Film Academy, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK (formerly Optimum Releasing) and Sight & Sound magazine. You can also take an optional placement year.
A film by Tom Goodridge (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies), Matt Cairns (BA (Hons) Film Studies) and Harry Pull (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies).
A film by students Julia Kozuszna (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies) and Jorvan White (BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies)
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Deputy Head, Writing and Performance
Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, BA Writing & English Literature
Course Leader, MA Creative Writing; Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing and Publishing
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, BA English Literature
Principal Lecturer, BA (Hons) Film Studies
Associate Professor in Film and Media
Associate Professor, Film and Art History
Senior Lecturer, Media Studies
Lecturer, Film, Writing and Media
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.
"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."
BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature studentJennifer's story
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