Film Studies and Creative Writing 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Film Studies and Creative Writing is an opportunity to explore the fertile connections between audio-visual and literary expression, from screenwriting to prose and poetry.

Single Honours
Study abroad
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: PW38

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Course Overview

Film Studies and Creative Writing

School link:
School of Humanities

This programme at Keele offers students the chance to develop their creative practice skills alongside the analytical study of screen and literary texts. You will explore the core areas of Film Studies, with Keele’s combined emphasis on local and global film cultures, and its focus on the key concepts and issues in film history and theory. Looking across a range of films and filmmaking contexts, from Classical Hollywood to contemporary transnational cinemas, you will analyse, discuss and debate the cultural significance and creative possibilities of this powerful medium. Alongside this, you will study creative writing in every semester, experimenting with poetry, prose and screenwriting in order to develop your writing skills and to become a mature practitioner.

You’ll be taught by a team who are research active and expert in their fields, with a commitment to lively and innovative teaching methods. The module options also allow students to combine their learning and skills in creative filmmaking production; while throughout the course, you will be able to try out your work in a critical but supportive group framework, providing a vital source of feedback and reflection on your own practice.

What will this mean for my future?

Film Studies and Creative Writing is an invaluable training for anyone pursuing creative careers in screen or print media. Beyond this, the degree with also equip you to work independently and collaboratively in a wide range of professions. You will develop key transferable skills, such as creative thinking and communication, developing and revising critical and creative texts, and giving and receiving constructive critique. You will also develop your research, analysis, and critical writing skills, which will make you extremely attractive to a wide range of employers, including those within the different creative and cultural industries which now form a large part of the UK economy.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Reading Film
  • Poetry through Practice
  • Film History and Theory
  • Fiction through Practice
  • Reading Literature
  • Digital Video
  • Scripting for Short Film
  • Introduction to Television Studies
  • Becoming a Critic

Second year 

  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Contemporary Global Cinema
  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • Writing Genre and Mode
  • Documentary Theory and Practice

Third year 

  • Dissertation in Film Studies
  • Creative Writing Independent Study Project
  • British Women Directors
  • Parody in British Film and Television
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Writingscapes

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

90

0

30

0

30

2

60

30

60

0

30

3

30

60

90

0

30

 

All students must take five compulsory modules in Year 1. In Year 2, they take four compulsory modules, plus at least one 30-credit or two 15-credit optional modules. In Year 3, students must take the Independent Study Project (Dissertation) in Film Studies and Creative Writing, which is a 30-credit, year-long module, plus at least 60 further credits in optional modules across the two semesters.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

 

Reading Film

15

Telling Tales: An Introduction to Narrative Fiction

15

Poetry through Practice

15

Introduction to Television Studies

15

Introduction to European Cinema

15

Popular British Cinema: from the 90s to the present

15

Fiction through Practice

15

Reading Literature

15

Approaches to Film: History and Theory

30

Digital Video

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Gender and the Cinematic Gaze

15

Hollywood and Beyond: Global Popular Cinemas

30

Writing for the Screen

15

Science Fiction Cinema

15

Adaptation

15

French Cinema

15

Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose

15

Politics and Cinema

15

   

Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Independent Study Project in Film Studies and Creative Writing (Semesters 1 and 2)

30

Race and Sexuality on Screen

15

   

British Women Directors

15

   

Parody in British Film and Television

15

   

Writingscapes

15

   

Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation

15

   

Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory

15

   

British Society through the eyes of British Film: 1960s to the present

15

 

In addition to the elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other programmes closely related to Film and Creative Writing such as English Literature, English and American Literature, American Studies, and Media, Culture and Creative Practice
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as History, Psychology, Politics or Music
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish
  • Freestanding modules in subjects of general interest
  • Freestanding modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme employability skills and personal development

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az