The BA Hons Creative Writing and Screenwriting programme allies intellectual enquiry to skills which facilitate employability and an awareness of the demands of graduate professional careers.
This awareness is achieved through students’ independent study (notably the reading of literature, criticism, watching and analysing screen texts) as well as through participation in formal learning processes in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.
Educational objectives range from the assimilation of existing information and knowledge to the production of original creative work- and these are supported throughout the course of a degree by a strong sense of communication with other students in class and with tutors.
There is a strong sense of critical method, analysis, written and oral community, and an appreciation of creativity.
These are skills demanded by graduate employers in the diverse workplaces to which Creative Writing and Screenwriting graduates are attracted and in which they are so highly valued.
Students on the programme will also develop sophisticated project research skills and approaches vital for providing accuracy and authenticity to their writing projects.
The development of industry related creative projects and the professional expectations that come with them are at the heart of the Screenwriting modules as we mirror the industrial practices currently being employed.
The range of assessed work for Screenwriting modules includes outlines, step outlines, scene by scene breakdowns, treatments, short film screenplays, TV drama ‘Bibles” and scripted episodes, reader’s reports/coverage documents, character biographies, monologues, pitching documents and long form screenplays will enable students to have a full grasp on the wide range of requirements found when scripting drama and comedy work.
For Creative Writing modules, students will engage with a range of genres including poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, drama, radio drama, novel writing and writing for children.
Students will be taken through modules which build skills in areas such as the form in poetry, characterisation, plot, dramatic conventions and structuring a novel.
Students will engage with a range of broad skillsets that will assist in their career development across numerous industries.
Communication skills, pitching, critical analysis, group/team working, presentation activities, ideas generation and creative expression are all fundamental tools students will develop throughout the programme.
Opportunities to study the history, theory and cultural relevance of Creative Writing and Screenwriting gives students the chance to investigate a range of interests throughout their degree beyond applied practice.
The provision runs field trips to international film festivals, galleries, theatres, professional film shoots and industry conventions on a regular basis.
It allies intellectual enquiry to skills which facilitate employability and an awareness of the demands of graduate professional careers.
This awareness is achieved through students’ independent study (notably the reading of literature and criticism) as well as through participation in formal learning processes in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.