BA (Hons) Screenwriting and Media Production with foundation year

This highly creative course nurtures your unique individual voice as a writer while helping you to develop the technical skills you’ll need to express your vision. It offers the knowledge and employability skills needed to succeed in film, TV and multi-platform media and supports your personal development as a rounded creative person.

Screenwriting and Media Production with foundation year

Key information

Award:

BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

P401

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

The media and creative industries are flourishing and the North West is the key digital powerhouse outside of London. Traditional career routes in areas such as film and TV continue to seek new recruits, but exciting opportunities are also available with the broad range of organisations that now need moving images for their websites, social media platforms and promotional adverts. They want people who can create new and interesting content using their great story-telling skills and sound knowledge of the production process and workflow. This course aims to prepare you for a career in this exciting sector and offers transferable employability skills such as resilience, adaptability and team-working that are highly attractive to employers.

Beginning with a foundation year designed to nurture your development of core analytical and key study skills for the creative disciplines, this creative, practical and industry-focused course gives you the chance to experience all aspects of the pre-production, filming and post production workflow in film, TV and multi-platform formats – before deciding which areas you want to specialise in. It’s ideal if you’re a writer who wants to take control of your creativity and make your own stories come alive, instead of waiting for someone else to do this.

Our lecturers and technical staff will support you as you develop a wide range of technical, writing and creative skills. We’ll also encourage you to develop critical thinking skills, enabling you to challenge, question and explore the world around you and feed this into your creative work.

Our experienced team take pride in getting to know our students as individuals, and you can become part of our welcoming and supportive production family. Offering you the chance to share in our immense wealth of award winning industry experience, this course allows you to explore the various gateways into the vibrant media industry in North West England.

Highlights
  • You’ll be supported by lecturers with first-hand experience across a range of creative media and there are regular guest lectures from high-profile professionals in the industry.
  • You’ll have access to first-rate broadcast-quality digital equipment.
  • We’ll help you build your industry contacts and secure work placements.
  • We provide production budgets for student films to cover essential costs, and also bring in professional expertise to advise and support you.
Key Features
  • Eight dedicated video edit suites with sound processing capability.
  • Computer facilities for each student with dedicated media software.
  • Two fully-equipped Studio facilities with lighting rigs, screens and equipment.
  • Sound recording facilities.
  • Professional HD film production equipment and a supply of ancillary equipment for professional production.
  • Guides for each individual module provide information about the programme.

  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.
  • You may be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants with alternative qualifications who have a strong portfolio.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This programme can provide you with an in-depth knowledge of working in film, TV and multi-platform formats. It gives you the opportunity develop a wide range of writing, technical and creative skills and learn to challenge, question and explore what’s possible in moving image media.

A key part of the course is your chance to benefit from creative industries placements, and extra curricular opportunities to help build appealing CVs, showreels and writing portfolios in preparation for employment.

What can I do with this qualification?

Screenwriting and Media Production graduates typically enter careers in the media, cultural and creative industries. Areas of work can include television and radio, film and video, digital media, journalism, writing and publishing, PR and media practice. Some of our graduates have set up their own companies or worked collaboratively with small production companies. Others have gone on to write and make films that have won accolades in film festivals around the world.

After graduation, you could choose to continue your studies by pursuing an MA or PhD in a variety of fields; for example, screenwriting, script editing, PR and communications, publishing, film production or journalism.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping stone to enter a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience or postgraduate study may be required. Possible roles include:

  • Arts administration
  • Event organisation
  • Teaching
  • Local government
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Journalism
  • PR consultancy
  • Communications
  • Publishing

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/2020.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


Much of the work involved in this course is based around practical media projects. You’ll be expected to write scripts for production and create different types of content as well as write essays, presentations and pitches. Some online course activities are student-generated and controlled to resemble the practices you’re likely to encounter in the media industries.

We place emphasis on group work, activity-based assignments, workshops, demonstrations, projects and guided independent study. Some of the modules will be delivered in a more conventional way through classes, lectures and presentations. You’ll be taught by tutors who have extensive industry experience, and by specialist guest lecturers.

You’ll also be expected to devote a significant amount of time to independent study, and our online resources will assist you with this. Assignments will require time outside of lessons to complete. Work-based learning is a key element of the course, and the completion of industry briefs and professional quality work are designed to ensure you are ready for employment when you graduate.

There are no examinations. All assessment is through coursework. You can expect formative assessment to help you learn and develop your knowledge and skills and summative assessment on which you’ll be graded. Your summative assessment briefs will contain tasks such as making films, writing essays and reports, writing scripts and outlines, giving presentations and pitches, carrying out practical exercises and work-placements.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Creative Responses
  • Information and Interpretation
  • Preparation and Progression
  • Specialist Project
  • Screen Culture: Reading the Screen
  • From Story to Screen
  • Sound and Vision: Production Skills 1
  • Collaborative Media Project 1
  • Digital Cultures
  • Writing for Short Form Media
  • Employability and Entrepreneurship
  • Sound and Vision: Production Skills 2
  • Creative Producing and Director's Vision
  • Collaborative Media Project 2
  • Writing Fact and Fiction for the Screen
  • Exploring Storytelling and Narrative
  • Pre Production Research and Planning
  • Major Project
  • Industry Experience
  • Professional Practice
  • Writing Portfolio
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 93%, Practical exams 7%
Level twoCoursework 82%, Practical exams 18%
Level threeCoursework 73%, Practical exams 27%
Level fourCoursework 73%, Practical exams 27%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 55%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 45%
Level twoGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level threeGuided independent study 68%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 32%
Level fourGuided independent study 69%, Placement/study abroad 3%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 28%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Neil Dougan
Programme Leader

N.Dougan@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903265

Liza Ryan-Carter
Admissions Tutor

L.Ryan-Carter@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903343

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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