BA (Hons) Film Studies and Screenwriting

Film Studies and Screenwriting at Winchester familiarises you with the foundational knowledge with which to analyse film and film scripts within relevant and informing historical, cultural, national and institutional contexts.

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BA (Hons) Film Studies and Screenwriting at University of Winchester

UCAS code: PW38

Entry Requirements

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) 

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) 

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

Additional Costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Asia (Japan)

Work experience/field trips:

Students have the opportunity to take part in field trips and gain work experience through volunteering.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

This programme is built on the acquisition of relevant subject knowledge, critical approaches and key skills in Year 1. These are developed in Years 2 and 3 while integrating the study of film and creative practices in film, and enhancing research skills to allow you to work in both independent and informed ways at advanced
levels of study.

Practical work develops integrated knowledge of a wide range of theoretical concepts and the ability to employ methodological skills and tools applicable to career in scriptwriting, screenplay development and other creative text production roles in the media/film industry.

In Year 2, you take two/three Film Studies and two/three Screenwriting optional modules depending on which area you choose to undertake your Dissertation in. In Year 3, you choose at least three Film Studies and three Screenwriting optional modules.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Reading Film
  • Film Criticism
  • Creating Short Screenplays
  • Genre Filmmaking
  • Film Form, History and Culture
  • Film Narrative
  • The Director: Auteur Filmmaking
  • Script Report Writing

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Approaches to Film
  • Screenwriting and Character
  • Screenwriting
  • Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television
  • Researching Film Studies (if undertaking Dissertation in Film Studies)

Optional modules:

  • Myths, Dreams and Creative Writing
  • Telling True Stories
  • Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Contemporary European Cinemas
  • Music and Film
  • Gangster and Crime Film
  • British Cinema - Comedy, Realism and the Imaginary
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Film Cultures and Globalisation
  • Literature and Film
  • Literary Adaptations for Film and Television
  • Volunteering for Film Studies and Screenwriting

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Extended Independent Study
    or
  • Writing Project
    or
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Melodrama and Film
  • Film and the City
  • Film and Reality: Modernity, Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Advanced Screenwriting: Adaptation
  • Scriptwriting - Innovation within Popular Forms
  • Creative Visions
  • Adapting Crime Fictions
  • Science Fictions and Fantasies
  • Authorship and Film
  • Stars
  • Cult Film and Art Cinema
  • Gothic Film
  • Killer Films
  • Identity in Contemporary Films
  • Film Script Development

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Programme Leader

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 78 per cent coursework
  • 6 per cent written exams
  • 16 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 96 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 4 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 58 per cent coursework
  • 28 per cent written exams
  • 14 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates pursue careers in film- and television related industries as professional writers, script editors or in production, journalism, teaching, or other professions requiring advanced communication skills.

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
UK and EU Students: Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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