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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.
- Our Media and Film Studies courses ranked 4th in the UK for ‚Satisfied with Teaching’*
- Work with fellow students to create films from your screenplays
- Learn to write compelling narratives – essential for jobs of today and tomorrow
- Get invaluable feedback from professional writers and film-makers as well as your peers
- Get involved behind the scenes at film festivals in Cambridge and further afield with our links to organisations including Take One magazine and Cambridge Film Festival
- See your films screened at a professional public cinema, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
- Make the most of Cambridge with its annual Film Festival and both arts and mainstream cinemas
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
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.
Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty’s employability support.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Prose Fiction
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Video 1
Introduction to Film Theory
Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Poetry and Plays
Year one, optional modules
Screenwriting: Introduction to the Screen
Year two, core modules
Writing Short Fiction
Classical Hollywood Cinema
Screenwriting: The Feature Film
Year two, optional modules
Writing for the Stage
Documentary Film Theory
Intercultural Encounters in Global Cinema
News and Feature Writing
Screenwriting: Script to Screen
Writing Historical Fiction
Year three, core modules
Year three, optional modules
Special Topics in Film Studies
Narrative in Global Cinema
Independent Film Practice 1
Working in English and Media
Scriptwriting: Multi Platform Storytelling
Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema
Writing Speculative Fiction
Optional modules available all years
Anglia Language Programme
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
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.
Where you’ll study
Your department and faculty
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.