Film Studies with Creative Writing (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:ABB
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Film Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Course Overview

Here at Keele, you’ll study film analytically, whilst integrating and emphasising the significance of screen writing in the context of different modes of writing, including scripts, poetry and prose.

You’ll explore each of the core areas of Film Studies: film history; national cinemas; film theory; film and culture. While core modules cover key skills and concepts in film studies, a variety of elective modules offer you the opportunity to pursue more focused interests in genre, particular film directors and in a variety of international cinemas. You’ll revisit popular and ‘classic’ cinema within new and enriching critical frameworks but will also have the chance to study and enjoy films from other less familiar film making traditions, periods and cultures. You will also study creative writing in every semester, experimenting with poetry, prose, and screenwriting in order to develop your creative writing and to become a self-reflexive practitioner. You’ll be taught by a team who are research active experts in their fields, with a commitment to lively and innovative teaching methods.

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Film Studies and Creative Writing.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Reading Film
  • Poetry through Practice
  • Film Texts and Contexts: History and Theory
  • Fiction through Practice

Elective modules:  

  • Popular British Cinema: from the 90s to the present
  • Teen Movies
  • Reading Literature
  • Telling Tales: An Introduction to Narrative Fiction
  • Mediated World
  • Digital Video
  • Scripting for Short Film
  • Introduction to European Cinema
  • Introduction to Television Studies
  • New York, New York: An Introduction to American Culture
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Understanding Culture
  • The Photographic Message

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Texts and Contexts II: Contemporary Global Cinema
  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose

Elective modules: 

  • Politics and Cinema
  • Science-Fiction Cinema
  • Writing Genre and Mode
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Seoul Summer School
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Documentary Theory and Practice
  • French Cinema
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • Twentieth Century Novels into Films

Third year

Core modules:

  • Dissertation in Film Studies
  • Creative Writing Independent Study Project

Elective modules:

  • British Society through the eyes of British Film: 1960s to the present
  • Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Film Noir: The Dark Side of America
  • Seoul Summer School 
  • British Women Directors
  • Parody in British Film and Television
  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Cinematic Modernisms
  • Writingscapes

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

You’ll have capability 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’s economy.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Film Studies with Creative Writing : PW38 View Unistats for this course
Film Studies with Creative Writing with Foundation Year: PW39 View Unistats for this course

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Study abroad

On the Film Studies and Creative Writing programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in their second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but students do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination they are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.