St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

As well as being a train ride away from the heart of London's film industry, our students benefit from an extremely accessible teaching staff, made up of research academics as well as industry professionals. With modules on a wide variety of film, television, popular music and other screen media, there is plenty of chance for you to explore the types of media that particularly interest you. Film and Screen Media received 100% overall satisfaction in the most recent NSS survey, which shows how engaged our students are on the programme. There is no snobbery in the teaching of creative writing at St Mary's. Our job is simply to make you the best writer you can be. We are open to all kinds of writers with a wide array of interests, from science fiction to screenplays and from rap to romance. You tell us what you want to write and we will help you to write it as well as you can. There is only one way to write, and that is to write. Perhaps that sounds like circular reasoning, but it's the fundamental truth about the craft. In the Creative and Professional Writing programme we want you to write. A lot. Because if you love writing, and we assume you must, then you just have to sit down and get to it.

Course Modules

Professional and Creative Writing. Level 1: A foundation module in writing skills helps assess candidates strengths and weaknesses, looks carefully at the English language, and prepares students for all kinds of writing; reading across literary forms will work on students capacity to read novels, short stories and other texts effectively and critically; writing short fiction will give you a thorough grounding in the construction of short stories; an introduction to print journalism looks at the nature of journalism and its place in our culture. Level 2: Students are able to choose to study in the following areas: writing lyrics and poetry; writing for business purposes; writing genre fiction; the publishing industry; writing for film and television; writing in collaboration; journalism 2. Level 3: Students are able to choose to study in the following areas: special study / portfolio; journalism 3; writing poetry; writing children's fiction; screen writing; writing reviews and criticism. Film and Popular Culture Level 1: Courses will include: understanding cinema and television industry; theory and popular culture; researching popular culture; tv production; image, sound and narrative. Level 2: Introducing video production; writing for film and television; careers in the media; popular music, cultures and societies; representations of gender and sexuality in film; race and representation; approaches to popular culture: youth culture and screen texts; North American cinema; culture and society in modern Japan; documentary film; researching diaspora. Level 3: Advanced video production; screen and script; work experience project; independent research project; globalisation and multiculturalism; the tv series: cops and docs on the box; the paradox of horror; understanding Japan; online cultures and presentation of the self; animation; The Beatles and the counter culture; telling the troubles.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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£4,410 - £5,783
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