The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Creative and Professional Writing and Film Studies

Why choose this course?

The Creative and Professional Writing (CPW) and Film Studies degree course provides an opportunity for students to develop their own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with Film analysis and theory. The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which students can create different forms and styles of writing, whilst developing a scholarly understanding of film.

The study of CPW with Film will help students to communicate more effectively in writing, and enable them to enhance their own creative and critical judgement. Students will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.

What happens on the course?

Your writing modules will fall broadly into three categories: Craft of Writing modules, Reading as a Writer modules, and Working as a Writer modules. Craft modules focus on you as a writer and are designed to help you explore your creative imagination whilst developing the skills required to express it. Reading as a Writer modules are designed teach you how to read with an eye for technique: the emphasis here will be on what you can learn from other writers across a spectrum of syles and genres. Working as a Writer modules have a vocational dimension and offer the opportunity to develop skills that will enhance your employablity as a writer.

The Film Studies team has a wealth of expertise across a variety of film forms and national cinemas, which include popular film genres such as The Western, gangster, science fiction and film noir.

Film Studies students are taught how to analyse individual film texts and to relate film to history and social and cultural processes. You will have the opportunity to examine representations of class, gender, ethnicity and identity by studying film genres, movements and national cinemas, including European and non-Western films as well as Hollywood classics. Students will examine film as an art and as an industrial product. Throughout the programme you will engage with critical and theoretical debates relevant to the subject.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The course is one of the few in the country to combine Film Studies with Creative and Professional Writing in an integrated programme.
  • All of the the films on the course are screened at the Light House Media Centre, the only media centre of its type in the West Midlands. Light House contains two cinemas with full size HD and 35mm screenings.
  • The Creative Professional Writing course is taught by published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines (fiction, poetry, journalism, critical writing and scholarship).

What our students think

“Before enrolling on CPW and Film at the University of Wolverhampton I was an aspiring writer with an interest in horror only. Since then I've learned about new styles and genres: humour writing, travel writing, journalism, short stories, novels, writing for children and much more. There is so much diversity on this course I was never bored and I learned so much about the world of writing, and about myself as a writer.”

Andrew Heaton (CPW and Film graduate, 09)

“The course can only get better as each year the staff are working hard to better the modules they already teach and are creating new interesting modules for new students to have the opportunity to learn! It is a great course to take which allows students to enjoy what they learn, not just because they have to.”

Fiona Robinson

Career path

Creative and Professional Writing and Film Studies graduates have gone on to pursue a diversity of graduate careers in the public and private sector. Several now work in journalism; others are employed as teachers and lecturers, while some have opted for postgraduate study at the University of Wolverhampton and at other prestigious institutions throughout the world. Additionally, our graduates have placed work in regional and national publications. Graduates from recent years have also been involved in film and video production.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing,
  • articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to creative and professional writing, and film within a multicultural context.
  • think critically, reflectively and creatively about writing and film.
  • source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the production of creative and professional writing, and film criticism.
  • demonstrate key employment skills (eg. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups).

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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