Develop your creative and professional writing skills, examine key films and film-makers and create your own short films on our full-time Writing and Film Studies degree in Cambridge. Get ongoing support to find work placements and take part in local film festivals, as you prepare for a career in areas including screenwriting, journalism and film-making.
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On our BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies, you’ll discover the fascinating ways in which writing and film intersect.
As well as developing your creative writing skills, including screenwriting and short stories, you’ll have the chance to explore professional writing techniques, including film reviews. Combining these with a study of critical writing, you’ll discover new ways to express your literary talent.
You’ll also investigate film-making practices from all over the world and learn the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker. This, along with full training in camera operation, sound recording and editing, will help you create your own explorative short films in video, animation or 16mm format.
Our teaching staff, which includes many published writers and professional film-makers, will offer you invaluable feedback on all of your practical work – as will your fellow students. This will give you the unique opportunity to consider a range of responses to your work, as well as to sharpen your own critical skills. You can also seek advice on your writing from our Royal Literary Fund fellows.
If there is a particular career that you are working towards, or interests that you want to explore, you can specialise further on our optional modules, including areas such as poetry and film art. You can even continue to practise your film-making, and create a project for screening at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.
Throughout the course you’ll have the chance to take part in extra-curricular events such as the Cambridge Film Festival, as well as attend guest lectures from key figures in the film industry. Our past speakers have included Terence Davies, Jayne Parker and Peter Gidal.
Course Leader: Dr Sue Wilson
Our BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies will help you prepare for many writing and film-related roles. Many of our past students now enjoy careers in film and video production, film criticism, cinema/film festival administration and management, film education, broadcasting, journalism or publishing.
You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our:
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have undertaken work experience with Cambridge University Press Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge Film Festival, ITN, London Weekend Television, BBC, CBBC, MTV, Zenith Productions, Pinewood Studios, Sequence Post production, Sight and Sound magazine, London Studios and the New York Film Academy, among others.
We host employability events that bring together professionals and practitioners from a variety of writing and film-related disciplines. You can also seek advice on your writing from our Royal Literary Fund fellows.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll show your progress through many methods, reflecting the varied nature of the course. These will include writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentations, journals and log books, critical essays, film reviews and analyses, internet, print and video production, and commissions. You’ll also take part in 'crits', in which you’ll present and defend your work.
Each year you’ll prepare a Personal Development Portfolio, which includes a CV and personal statement. This will give you the chance to reflect on your progress to date, the skills you’ve developed and any extracurricular activities that will help you when looking for work.
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.
You’ll be able to use our industry-standard film equipment including Super 8 Nizo cameras, 16mm Bolex film cameras and a number of rostrums for traditional animation, and digital facilities featuring Panasonic and JVC HD cameras and a suite of Macs with Final Cut Pro software.
We organise and attend many extra-curricular activities, including an annual three-day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Film Festivals such as Cambridge and Watersprite, poetry and writing evenings, and research symposia and conferences. You’ll also be able to join student societies, such as the Poetry Society, the Film Viewing Society and the Harry Potter Society, which organise their own events.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
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