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BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Film & Television

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The foundation of all film, TV and radio output is scriptwriting and on this course you’ll discover how to produce high-quality scripts that can be brought to life.

The course teaches you how to produce scripts, as well as encouraging you to develop your creative voice and writing style, alongside studying various aspects of film, television and the media as a whole. It’s accredited by Creative Skillset in recognition of the excellent preparation it offers graduates looking to enter the creative industries.

You’ll be taught by highly-skilled academic staff and professional practitioners, alongside regular guest speakers from the industry, who will help you to discover the secrets of pitching and developing documents, so that when you graduate you’ll know exactly how to get your scripts noticed, as well as giving you an overview of the film and TV production processes.

During the course you’ll work collaboratively with students on other courses, giving you opportunities to see your work produced and form creative partnerships.

To complement what you learn in the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to do a work placement of either four or 30 weeks. The result will be an invaluable experience and a host of professional contacts, which will help you enter the workplace in a much stronger position. This is complemented by a graduate degree show held in London at the end of the course where you can make contacts and potentially secure employment.

After one year, a typical BU graduate in this subject, had earnings that were ranked in the first of all universities for this subject (1st out of 123).

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017), Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years (with a 4-week placement) or 4 years (including a 30-week placement), full-time


Creative Skillset

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112-128 tariff points from a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

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At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Film and Television, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Show an understanding of the media industry
  • Have an appreciation of the written form and its importance in film and TV
  • Possess a strong awareness of the written word
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

Entry requirements


With the range of media channels always growing, there are more and more opportunities for scriptwriters to see their work produced. As well as writing for the big screen and TV, there is also the option of writing for the web, or entering a related role within the screen industry.

Six months after finishing their course 80% of our students are working or in further study. In many cases, you will enter the industry in a junior role and can look forward to good career progression, either within the film or TV industries, or with industry organisations.

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the film sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Course changes

Hear from our staff

Phil Mathews

Our graduates emerge able to write high quality film and television scripts as well as having a thorough awareness of commercial and contextual issues.

What our graduates think

Matt Denison

Networking and understanding not only how to read a script but how to communicate with writers are the two most valuable skills I learned at BU.