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BAFilm and Creative Writing

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Overview

Our course combines hands-on practical filmmaking, creative writing workshops, and theoretical and contextual studies. We encourage you to forge links between theory and practice, and to make critically-informed choices in your own creative work through the knowledge you gain of film history, literary classics and writing across a range of genres.

At Essex we offer an unusual approach to the practice of writing, combing innovative and traditional methods in order to develop your writing skills and abilities to judge your work critically, while expanding your knowledge across different modes and genres. In our Centre for Creative Writing we encourage a culture of experiment and creativity, enabling you to feel part of a community of writers.

For your modules in filmmaking and screenwriting, you are taught by film professionals with extensive industry experience. You gain hands-on practical training in all aspects of film production, including camera work, editing, lighting, scriptwriting, and production management. You produce group films (learning how to work together as a team) as well as personal projects – by the end of your three or four years at Essex you’ll have built up a fully rounded portfolio of work, enabling you to showcase your creative potential for future employers. Your second-year module on screenwriting forms the keystone of your course, bridging the two parts. You will also have the opportunity to write a script as part of your final-year independent study.

Programme structure

Year 1

Approaches to Film and Media
Introduction to Film Production
Writing for the Radio
Creative Writing Skills
Understanding Employability: Preparing for Your Future
Contemporary Texts and Contexts (optional)

Year 2

Approaches to Text
Introduction to Screenwriting
Fiction Filmmaking
Creative Writing: Theory and Practice
Documentary Filmmaking

Final year

Creative Writing: Oulipo and the Avant Garde (optional)
Film Animation (optional)
Advanced Film Production (optional)
Myth and the Creative Process (optional)

Career opportunities

In your third year, you can make your own short film – a calling card showcasing your individual, creative potential to add to a portfolio of practical work developed during your course to present to prospective employers. This puts you in a stronger position to enter film production, TV, journalism, publishing and teaching professions, amongst a host of other careers.

Recent graduates have been employed as:

A subtitle writing for Sky TV
An assistant director for a music video for an internationally-acclaimed band
An English teacher
A media studies teacher

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States