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Bournemouth University

Scriptwriting for Film & Television

As a student on this course, you will develop a strong writing voice and develop high-level craft skills in order to produce scripts that have the potential to reach this industry Industry connections are a feature of this course, and you will benefit from a compulsory professional industry attachment and gain both detailed experience and valuable contacts for the future. The course provides a thorough study of various aspects of film, television and the media: history; theoretical underpinning; current status; future. This course is designed to suit both school / college leavers and mature students who wish to explore their creative voice and prepare themselves for new career opportunities in the writing industry. This scriptwriting course is creative, dynamic and very inclusive, and encourages its students to explore both themselves and the world that they live in through telling stories for the screen.
Duration 3 years with a 4 week placement (or 4 years with a 40 week placement)
Level BA Single Hons
Cost The majority of our Honours courses will cost £8,200. Fees, loans and grants may be available.
This scriptwriting degree course is a highly focused and unique training ground in creating what is the very foundation of film and television fiction - the script. Scripts for film and television feed the industry and, ultimately, dictate its creative direction. Students actively submit their work to competitions, and recent successes include winners and shortlistings with the BBC, Channel 4, the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, and The London Screenwriters' Festival. Students on the course also work collaboratively with students on other courses within the Framework (Interactive Media, Radio, Television Production), giving them opportunities to see their work made (short films, webisodes, radio podcasts etc.) and form creative partnerships which may be used to forge career opportunities.
For 2012 entry: 320 tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent. For 2013 entry: 320 tariff points, from 3 A-levels, to include 120 from one A-level (e.g. A) or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. Relevant subjects: English Language, Drama or any subject with a creative content. Recommended GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* to C, including Maths and English. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.
In the first year, students study Media Theory, and carry out a collaborative project. In the module Production 1, You are introduced to the key skills and concepts for understanding and producing images. You will also be familiarised with the key skills and concepts for understanding and producing narratives. In Year 2, students take modules in Professional Study, Media Theory Options, Research Methods. Students carry out a second production project, and a scriptwriting project. The second year ends with a minimum period of 4weeks spent in a professional environment, with the choice assisted by the Media School's Placement Office. This gives students the opportunity to experience at first hand aspects of a prospective career, to establish valuable professional contacts and to develop further creative and professional skills. The third year may be spent doing an optional year in industry or students may proceed directly into their final year of studies. In the third/fourth year, (depending on placement) students produce a Dissertation, take a Concept Development Course and complete a Graduate Project.
Contact Information
Institution Bournemouth University
Weymouth House, Talbot Campus
BH12 5BB

Tel: 08456 501501
Department: Bournemouth Media School
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