Creative Writing and Film Studies - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Film Studies

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £14,000 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*
International industrial placement year fee: £3,300 per annum*

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: WW86

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

As a student on the BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University you will taught by internationally published poets, novelists and film industry professionals.

  • Study the history of film and make short digital films
  • Professional guidance and peer support to help you develop your writing to publishable standard
  • Three-day residential writers' retreat at a country house in rural Wales
  • Teaching is based in the £38m Redmonds Building in Liverpool City Centre
  • Liverpool has more theatres, cinemas, literary events, arts centres, galleries and museums than any city outside London

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the film and television industries as writers, directors, researchers and actors.

This degree was the first time I had direct academic support towards becoming a filmmaker. Since graduating, I have received two short film commissions from The UK Film Council and I am currently co-writing a spec feature for North West Vision.

Aubrey Reynolds, graduate

Work-related learning

This course is entirely focused on helping you develop your writing and film production skills to a professional standard

You will have opportunities to complete professional work experience in both Level 5 and 6. The Writer at Work module in your final year also gives you a chance to step inside the writer’s world by pursuing your own project. This could be anything from organising a poetry festival to placing the idea for a novel with a literary agent, or planning the production of a film. Alternatively you can take up a work placement in your chosen field.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide one-to-one support over the three years of the course. Their role is to give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.

Course details

If you are interested in one of the world's most popular and challenging art forms, the Creative Writing and Film Studies degree at LJMU offers in-depth study of American, European and World cinema from both historical and theoretical perspectives as well as an introduction to the narrative techniques of all major forms of creative writing.

As the degree progresses, you will be able to specialise in screenwriting and will produce scripts for short films and longer dramas as well as learning to write treatments and pitch your ideas to a professional standard. We also teach the history and practice of film criticism and interpretation. While our emphasis is on the academic study of film, you will also be able to work with industry-standard cameras and editing software to create an impressive portfolio of your own.

In addition to formally taught courses, we provide opportunities for work-based learning as well as encouraging independent research in almost any area of Film Studies and in your final year you will be able to undertake an option in freelance writing and/or production.

This degree combines critical study of film and written texts with practice in prose, poetry, screenwriting and digital film production. As the degree progresses, you will be able to specialise in screenwriting and produce your own scripts for short films and longer dramas as well as learning to write treatments and pitch your ideas to a professional standard.

On top of learning about the history and practice of film criticism and interpretation, you can also get some hands-on experience, working with industry-standard cameras and editing software to create an impressive portfolio of your own. 

Liverpool Screen School, where the course it taught is based in the £38million Redmonds Building, in the heart of the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool City Centre.

You will have plenty of opportunities to hone your writing and production techniques: everyone on the course attends a residential writing retreat in Snowdonia in the first year, and towards the end of your studies you will be expected to produce near-professional standard short films.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Film Language
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Film Criticism
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • Introduction to Prose
Level 5    

 

The following options are typically offered:

  • American Cinema
  • Film Adaptation
  • Experimental Filmmaking
  • Short Filmmaking
  • European Cinema
  • Working in Film
  • Screen 1
  • Treatment and Screenplay
  • The Fantastic
  • Approaching your Novel
  • Short Prose
  • Poetry Writing Workshop: Form and Substance
  • Short Story 1
  • Dramatic Writing for Radio and Stage

Level 6

 

The following options are typically offered:

  • Prose Portfolio 1
  • World Cinema
  • Prose Portfolio 2
  • Independent Study in Creative Writing
  • Final Film Pre-Production
  • The Writer at Work
  • Final Film Production
  • The Writer at Work: The Project
  • Interpretation in Film
  • Poetry Writing Workshop: Advanced Poetry 1
  • Dissertation
  • Poetry Writing Workshop: Advanced Poetry 2
  • Mixed Media Research Project
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • Work Based Learning
  • Screenplay Portfolio
  • Professional Writing for Film
  • Digital Writing

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, writing workshops, film screenings and production group work. Your tutors will also be available for one-to-one tutorials and we make extensive use of our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, to provide course information, further reading and peer interaction. 
 

Your lecturers

You will be taught by practising novelists, poets, screenwriters and playwrights, who have published or performed in 12 countries across the world, as well as BBC producers and directors, independent film makers and published academics.

The academic team includes: 

  • Dr Robert Graham, author and Head of Creative Writing
  • Andrew McMillan, poet and winner of the 2015 Guardian first book award
  • Jim Friel (novelist, radio dramatist and short story writer
  • Dr David Jackson, screenwriter and songwriter
  • Sarah Maclennan, poet and short story writer
  • John Maxwell, screenwriter, director and producer
  • Keith Marley, documentary film maker, montage theory, the city in film
  • Dr Lydia Papadimitriou, European and world cinema, and film theory
  • Dr Corin Willis, African American film making, silent cinema, classical Hollywood
  • Dr Ruth Doughty, Black American Cinema, Film Theory, Transnational Cinema & Film Music
  • Dr Liz Greene, Academic and Sound Practitioner
  • Demelza Kooij, Documentary Filmmaker

The programme also attracts visiting lecturers as well as international film scholars who attend the Liverpool Film Seminar to talk about their recent work.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

We acknowledge that all students perform differently according to the type of assessment they are given, and so you will be assessed by a combination of coursework, exams and group productions. Coursework includes essays, reviews, individual and group presentations, individual and group critical self-evaluation, logbooks, self-reflective group portfolios, research exercises, individual work-based learning reports and dissertations. Exams may be seen or unseen and may include class tests. Group productions of audio-visual artefacts include photo-storyboards, vox-pops, and factual and fictional video productions.

Over the three-year degree your assessment will be 45% creative portfolio, 40% essays, 10% exams and 5% presentations.

Your tutors will aim to give you feedback on your assessments within 21 days of submission and you will receive regular feedback on work submitted to workshops. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112

Application and selection

​We are looking for students with a critical and practical enthusiasm for the written arts and media in general and film, publishing and performance in particular.

The kind of essential skills that you will need to include in your application are:You will be able to work on your own or as part of a group.Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to seminars, workshops and give presentations.Good analytical skills, so that you can critically assess films and written textsYou have an enthusiasm for film and reading and writing.
Desirable Skills:Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays and projects.Time management, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis.Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non standard applicants who will be considered on an individual basis.These applicants should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience and may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview.

International Applicants:We welcome overseas applicants who will be considered in line with UK requirements.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

This Creative Writing and Film Studies BA (Hons) degree course has a strong vocational dimension and opens up an exciting range of potential career paths.

Alongside the skills you will gain in writing to publishable standard and film production practice, the course equips you with an understanding of media processes that could be applied to careers in public relations, advertising, corporate communications, cultural journalism, research and the film and television industries.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the film and television industries as writers, directors, researchers and actors. Some have become independent filmmakers or work for companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, Envy Postproduction, FACT, Hurricane Pictures, Lime Pictures, Soapbox and Sony. Others have gone on to pursue postgraduate study at MA and PhD level or have become teachers, journalists and editors.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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