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Sheffield Hallam University

Screenwriting and Film

UCAS Code: W8P3

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

P:45

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4.

UCAS Tariff

104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BCC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Scriptwriting

Film studies

**Course summary**
- Learn how to write scripts for film and television.

- Gain insights from real industry figures into how to sell your screenplays.

- Learn from a lecture team who include established screenwriters.

- Have the opportunity to work abroad— with the possibility of Erasmus funding available for European placements.

- Benefit from excellent facilities for film study including a purpose-built theatre.

This course focuses on the practical and critical elements of screenwriting. Through practice-based learning and theoretical study, you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to fulfil your potential in the world of film and TV.

**How you learn**
At every level of this course you will have the opportunity to write scripts and work with other students to create content.

You will also have the chance to work with industry professionals. Previous guests have included screenwriters, directors, agents and producers.

You learn through

- workshops

- lectures

- seminars

- group work

- industry visits and field trips

- independent study

- attending film festivals and special screening events

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to work on a radio serial drama or short film production as part of your second year work placement module.

**Field trips**

We run regular field trips to the Bradford Widescreen Weekend film festival, Berlin International Film Festival, the BFI and BBC Media City, and we also have a writers' retreat residential trip as part of the third year of study.

**Networking opportunities**

We have a variety of networking opportunities with organisations such as the BBC, Warp Film, BFI Film Hub North and Sheffield Live. We also bring in a wide range of industry professionals to deliver masterclasses and offer one-to-one guidance in some cases.

Previous visiting professionals have included: screenwriters, agents, directors, producers, new talent co-ordinators and festival organisers.

**Competitions**

There are a range of competitions that recognize student achievement and outstanding contributions to university life. The Hallam Award, for example, recognises students’ exceptional participation in university life, involvement in the Students’ Union, and representation of their peer-groups.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module

Credits

Assessment

Cinemania 20 Coursework

Film Narrative 20 Coursework

Introduction To Film Analysis 20 Coursework

Introduction To Screenwriting 20 Coursework

Studying And Researching Cinema 20 Coursework

Writing With Pictures 20 Coursework

Year 2

Elective modules

Module

Credits

A Close-Up On British Cinema 20
Adapting For The Screen 20
Beyond The Mainstream 20
Diy Film Making 20
Foreign Language 20
Hollywood Cinema 20
Tv Comedy & Drama 20

Final year

Compulsory modules

Module

Credits

Creative Careers 20
Professional Film Writing 20
Screenwriting Project 40

Elective modules

Module

Credits

American Nightmares 20
Contemporary East Asian Cinema 20
Documentary 20
Foreign Language 20
Must-See Tv 20

Assessment methods

• Coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
med
Scriptwriting
71%
med
Film studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Media studies

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£14,500
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
22%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Customer service occupations

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
20%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£20k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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