Scriptwriting for Stage, Screen and Gaming - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VM1HE03
UCAS Code: W123

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
10/09/2018University Centre3 YearsApply
09/09/2019University Centre3 YearsApply

Course Overview

Our BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Stage, Screen and Gaming is one of the most unique screenwriting courses in Lancashire. It explores how to write for multiple media (film, television, gaming and theatre) and develops your commercial awareness to prepare you for various multi-skilled roles across the sector. See your writing come to life through live projects with employers and gain employability skills in areas such as communication, digital literacy and teamworking. MediaCity has boosted the local creative and digital industries and this screenwriting degree is the perfect springboard to a growing number of exciting career opportunities.

Entry Requirements

2018 Entry

A minimum of 96 UCAS points with at least 48 from an appropriate discipline relating to Communication, Media, Film or English. Also, GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above.

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Stage, Screen and Gaming

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

Our approach to teaching, learning and assessment offers a student-centred and employment-focused approach, that will give you the skills needed for industry, as well as allowing you to focus on areas that interest you the most. The programme develops in a sequential manner across levels 4, 5 and 6, by developing your critical awareness, creative abilities and digital literacies relating to film, television, theatre and gaming. This enables you to experiment with forms and ideas in your first year in order to specialise and develop your skills in second and third year. Methods of learning and teaching place emphasis on collaborative practice between students, as well as working in partnership with staff and employers and students from other curriculum areas. You will also attend lectures, screenings and seminars to provide a variety of learning experience. For full details on approaches to teaching, learning and asssessment, click on the Programme Specification link.

In terms of contact time, we deliver the programme over 2-3 consecutive days, rather than spreading your lessons out over 5 days. This consideration is well received by students as it works well for those of you who have other personal and professional commitments.

In Year 1, you will typically have up to 15 hours contact time, plus an expectation of independent study. In Year 2, you will typically have 12 hours of contact and 9 hours in Year 3 This is a typical design of most arts-based degree programmes and allows for greater autonomy as you develop your skills as an independent practitioner. 

In terms of specific modules, you will typically study three modules per 16-week semester, with some modules running long and thin - over both semesters - and one double-weighted module at Level 6. Below is an overview of each module, at what point in the year it will run ad how much contact time you can expect per module. In-line with national benchmarks, It should also be noted that each 20 credit module comprises 200 hours in total. This is typically comprised of approximately 60 hours of taught time at Level 4, with 140 hours of independent study required, approximately 50 hours of taught time with 150 hours of independent study at Level 5 and approximately 40 hours of contact time with 160 hours of independent study at Level 6:

Level 4 – 120 Credits

  • CS101 Thinking and Making (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week
  • SCR401 Evolutions in Genre and Authorship (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises 2 hours of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indivdual workshops.
  • SCR402 Story Design (20): Semester 1 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
  • SCR403 Writing for Television and Theatre (20): Semester 1 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
  • SCR404 Writing for Film and Gaming 20: Semester 2 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
  • SCR405 Producers and Audiences 20: Semester 2 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.

Level 5 – 120 Credits

  • CS201 Research into Practice (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week
  • SCR501 Researching and Writing for Factual Programming (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises 1.5 hours per week of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indivdual pre-production and production projects.
  • SCR502 From Script to Screen (20): Semester 1 - comprises 3 hours per week of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indivdual pre-production and production projects. On tis module you will work alongisde BA (Hons) Digital Production and Filmmaking students to see your writing come to life.
  • SCR503 Adaptations for Stage and Screen (20): Semester 1 - comprises 3 hours of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
  • SCR504 Promoting and Realising Your Ideas for Multi-Platform Media (20): Semester 2 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
  • SCR505 From Script to Stage (20): Semester 2 - comprises 3 hours per week of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indivdual pre-production and production projects. On tis module you will work alongisde BA (Hons) Acting students to see your writing come to life.

Level 6 – 120 Credits

  • CS301 Independent Research Project (20): Semester 1 and Semester 2 - comprises 20 minutes of supervision time per student, per week.
  • SCR601 Scriptwriting Major Project (40): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises 2 hours and 15 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
  • SCR602 Innovations in Scriptwriting (20): Semester 2 - comprises 2 hours and 15 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
  • SCR603 Skills for Industry: Script Editing and Supervision (20): Semester 1 - comprises 2 hours and 15 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
  • SCR604 Enterprise Development and Professional Practice (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises 1.5 hours  of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.

Work Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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