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What makes Screenwriting at Worcester special?

Screenwriting at Worcester emphasises learning through practice, giving you the opportunity to nurture your love of story and refine your skills as a writer and media practitioner for the 21st century.

You’ll develop your own voice by learning a variety of scriptwriting techniques, building industry awareness and engaging with prospective employers. You’ll have opportunities to see your work in production through the University’s Digital Arts Centre, Journalism Labs and Drama Studios.

Our lecturers have both academic and professional expertise, with strong industry backgrounds, so they are well placed to challenge your writing abilities and help you create professional networks.

Key features

  • Study Screenwriting from your first year; many other universities only offer this level of specialisation through postgraduate qualifications
  • Tailor your degree to your interests by studying Screenwritingin combination with another subject
  • Benefit from regular visits, guest lectures and script feedback from top industry experts
  • Develop a solid portfolio of work, which can act as your springboard for a career in the creative and media industries
  • Gain exposure for your work through national competitions and local arts events

“We have looked at everything from character to structure to rewrites. All of the subjects covered have affected my learning incredibly.”

James Wiles, Student, Digital Film Production and Screenwriting BA (Hons)

I’m really thrilled by all of the opportunities I have had whilst studying, I couldn’t be more set for the industry; I’ve had experience on professional film sets, offers from London film companies and my debut film has so far been really successful.

Eleanor Smart, Screenwriting Joint Honours graduate.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

 

Other information

In second year, you can choose to increase your Screenwriting studies to follow a Major pathway.

We also encourage mature applicants to apply with relevant qualifications or experience.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Two year-long modules provide a strong foundation in creating ideas, formatting scripts and analysing story design and structure:

  • Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development
  • Story Design and Analysis

Year 2

Opportunity to develop your skills and competence in TV, Radio, Film, Stage and Multi-media:

  • TV Scriptwriting: Concept and Development
  • Writing the Feature Film
  • Playwriting
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
  • Writing for Radio 
  • Script Development Professional Practice  
  • Screen Adaption: Texts, Audiences, Platforms 

 

Year 3

Opportunity to stretch your skills in the writing of a feature length screenplay or extended research project, as well as gain more industry experience in preparation for graduating:

  • Industry, Practices and Applications
  • Writing for Performance
  • Scriptwriting Negotiated Project 
  • Independent Study
  • Screenwriting: Final Project
  • Screenwriting Extension Module 
  • Radio and Television Comedy

 

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I had always pictured myself as a writer of short stories and novels I can hardly wait to see a story of mine being made into a film.

Andrew Owens, Creative Writing and Screenwriting student whose short story is to be made into a feature-length film by an independent production company.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical group work, peer review sessions and individual development tutorials.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a work-based module and industry standard projects in the third year of the course, supervised by an appropriate industry mentor and University tutor.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 10 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 3 hours of practical workshop and group discussion
  • 1 hour of lecture or group seminar

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 16 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on practical individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and script development assistants.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 75 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include scripts, presentations, reflective journals, proposals, blogs, portfolios, industry script coverage reports and essays.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 60% Scripts
  • 40% Script development, presentation, portfolio or reflective commentary

Year 2

  • 60% Scripts
  • 40% Presentation, script development, portfolio or reflective commentary

Year 3

  • 25% Final Screenwriting Project
  • 15% Employability skills and work-based module
  • 60% Script development, essay, presentation, blog, portfolio or reflective commentary

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

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    Simon Bovey

    Simon’s experience is diverse, ranging from animation and regional theatre, to radio and award winning films. His work as writer and director has received international success through both short and feature films. He is an established writer for the BBC with a significant body of broadcast work including Doctors for BBC1; drama and period thrillers for Radio 4 and three science fiction series for Radio 4 Extra. He currently has two feature film scripts under option. He also works as a script doctor and analyst for a number of independent film companies both here and in America.

  • sarah-evans

    Sarah Evans

    Sarah is a media professional who has worked as a Script Editor, Drama Series Editor and Producer across both independent television and the BBC. She is also a full voting member of BAFTA and continues to write and develop her own work. She recently published Monologues for Life (2013) and Monologues for Write Now (2016), both edited collections of original student writing that gave students a publishing credit whilst still at university.

  • News

    Latest News…

    In a recent exciting development, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) has agreed to give individual feedback on the winning script of The Steven Knight Award for Best Screenplay – written by our final year students.

    Screenwriting at Worcester has developed a partnership with production company Rural Media to option our students' scripts for professional development.

     

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Screenwriting develops student skills in the practice of writing for a variety of formats, helping graduates to enter the media industry with a substantial portfolio of original scripts. The course also introduces the writer to the many possible areas of employment within the TV, film and radio industries, as well as opportunities within web-based narrative production and gaming. This course also provides a strong basis for further postgraduate study and academic research.

Screenwriting graduates enter careers in:

  • Television and Film Production
  • Script Development
  • Script Editing
  • Directing
  • Arts organisation
  • Publishing
  • Media and journalism
  • Education
  • Media research
  • Advertising
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Film Festival Organisation
  • Business and industry.

Look at some of the examples of skills developed by Screenwriting students in addition to their portfolio of original writing. You will be able to use them on your CV to demonstrate a range of qualities you can offer:  

  • Practical skills and experience
  • Working in a team
  • Working independently
  • Writing effectively
  • Communication with others
  • Clear and logical thinking
  • Finding information
  • Evaluating ideas
  • Showing initiative
  • Advance planning and working to deadlines
  • Organising yourself

I wouldn’t be able to do the job I’m doing now without those writing classes and the tools I took from them.

Graduate (2012), Audio Book Transcriber

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS


Screenwriting is currently studied as part of a joint degree with another subject.  Studying a joint degree allows you to interact with experts in related areas, as well as form creative working relationships across different media.  In second year, you can choose to increase your Screenwriting studies to follow a Major pathway. 

The joint degree subjects include:

Animation and Screenwriting BA - WW68
Creative & Professional Writing and Screenwriting BA - W990
Film Production and Screenwriting BA - WW6V
Drama & Performance and Screenwriting BA - WW48
Film Studies and Screenwriting BA - PW38
Journalism and Screenwriting BA - 50P6

 

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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Sarah Evans
01905 855298
sarah.evans@worc.ac.uk