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BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Film & Television

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Our highly focused Scriptwriting for Film & Television degree offers training in creating the very foundation of film and television; the scripts themselves.

You’ll develop your own creative voice and writing style, while learning how to produce scripts and studying various aspects of film, television and the media as a whole. 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 will work collaboratively with students, giving you opportunities to see your work made and form creative partnerships which can lead to career opportunities.

To complement what you learn in the classroom, you’ll be required to execute a work placement of either four or 30 weeks, depending on the length of your degree. Furthermore, we host a graduate degree show in London at the end of your course to enable you to celebrate your achievements and make further industry contacts.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


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


International Moving Image Society (IMIS)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2019 and September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2019 entry: 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.

For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will 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.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 455kb)


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.

How to applyBU Academic Excellence Scholarship

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.

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.

95% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. 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. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

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.