Screenwriting BA(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

If you love films and books, and you are keen to develop skills in writing for the screen, then this could be the course for you. You’ll learn screenwriting methods and techniques as well as gaining a solid grounding in the fundamentals of creative writing across a range of genres. Alongside your own creative practice, you will deepen your understanding of the film and screen production industries, and your appreciation of excellence in writing. Along the way you will develop skills in research, analysis and debate. You will also get the chance to work collaboratively with other writers and screen production practitioners. The course will equip you with practical skills required to pitch your own projects and to polish original work to a professional standard.

Why study Screenwriting at Huddersfield?

  • 95% of graduates from this subject are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).
  • You will also be a member of our English and Creative Writing community, where you will work supportively alongside other developing writers.
  • You will have the opportunity to collaborate with actors, composers, directors and filmmakers.
  • We offer a wide range of module options to choose from, diverse and engaging forms of assessment, and excellent employment prospects.
  • You'll learn to navigate industry-standard digital resources and to present your ideas using the latest media.

We never lose sight of the pleasure that comes from creative writing. We also want you to finish your course with the kind of practical, transferable skills needed in a variety of employment settings– things like critical thinking, researching, independent study, problem-solving, communication and making a persuasive pitch.

Students taking the Screenwriting course at the University of Huddersfield are seen as both creative writers and professional collaborators on Screen production projects. As such they pursue their studies supported by the twin communities of English and Creative Writing and Screen. The course starts with the fundamental principles of the art, craft and business of creative writing, including workshopping drafts with other Creative Writing students. Students also undertake a survey of literature and drama to consolidate their understanding of form and genre. As the course progresses modules focus increasingly on the professional context of Screen industries, with students having opportunities to work on screen adaptations as well as original screenplays. We provide framework for Screenwriting students to collaborate with other Screen practitioners on a range of collaborative projects.

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Dr Merrick Burrow, Principal Lecturer

Course detail

Core Modules

Introduction to Screenwriting

On this module, you will be introduced to the basic skills and fundamental principles of screenwriting. You will undertake a survey of key forms and genres of writing for the screen. You will learn the conventions of the screenplay format, as well as the fundamental techniques and devices used in screenwriting. You will also gain experience using industry-standard software for producing scripts. Through a combination of tutor-led workshops and independent study you will write an original screenplays for a short film, and will begin the process of critical reflection on your growth and development as a screenwriter.

Writing and Thinking Creatively

This module aims to clarify the principles of good writing and to encourage you to reflect upon and improve you own abilities. It will also cover a variety of related academic skills. Topics covered in the module include: phrasing for clear meaning; building sentences that work; selecting an appropriate tone and register; structuring paragraphs logically; developing your style; organising ideas; planning a first draft; revising and editing; proofreading.

Storytelling and Editing

Making a film or TV show is not just about using a camera, it means knowing how to tell a story. In this module, you’ll learn about what makes a good narrative, and how to achieve it in the editing suite by using software and visual effects. You’ll also be able to put your completed work into context, as you learn about the structure and history of storytelling.

Literary Genres

You'll be introduced to literary texts which represent the established genres that form the foundation of Western literary tradition. You'll have the opportunity to explore how they've been adapted, modified and reformed in later periods and across cultures. You'll also have the chance to explore literary conventions and innovations, along with concepts and terms used in the analysis of literary texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2021 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2022, please view the 2022-23 course information.

Placements


The course offers a compulsory 5 week work placement in Year 2. If you’re studying full-time, this course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Recent graduates have taken placements at Pen and Sword Books, Kirklees TV, Numberworks & Words and a range of primary and secondary schools.

For more information visit our placements page

I did my work placement with Grist Publishing at the University of Huddersfield. It taught the skill of how to work as part of a team and I also found out what to expect when with working alongside authors, as well as more about how the publishing industry operates.

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Blythe Beresford, English Literature with Creative Writing BA(Hons) completed placement at Grist Publishing

Your Career


As an English Literature graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in critical thinking, researching, independent study, communicating and arguing persuasively. Depending on your specialism, your career choices are as varied and exciting as your degree course.

Our graduates have gone on to work in teaching, PR, social media, script writing and law. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level.

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 95% of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

86.9% of our research is ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent and our combined total of publications places us 4th in the country for research outputs (REF 2014). Our work in English specifically is recognised by the University having been listed in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject for 'English Language and Literature'.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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