Film and Creative Writing (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS code PW39
  • Entry year 2024 or 2025
  • A level requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 4 years

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Top reasons to study with us

  • 2

    2nd for Film (Communication and Media Studies)

    The Complete University Guide (2025)

  • 6

    6th for Creative Writing

    The Complete University Guide (2024)

  • 6

    6th for Film (Communication and Media Studies)

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

Why Lancaster?

  • Study fiction and film while working on your own projects with support from professional filmmakers, expert screenwriters and published authors
  • Take part in small-group workshops to develop your novels, stories, poetry, and scripts, as well as getting involved in our student-run literary journals
  • Expand your skills using our cutting-edge production facilities, extensive rehearsal spaces, and editing and audio suites
  • Explore the city’s arts scene or venture to the Lake District, the home of poets and inspiration for many writers ever since
  • Be inspired by our rich programme of literary events on campus, online, and in the city’s historic Castle Quarter

A powerful image can persuade. The right words can inspire. Join us to unlock the secrets of effective storytelling and sharpen the skills you need to bring your ideas to life on page and screen.

Film lover and maker? Avid reader and writer? Combine your two creative interests with a degree that helps you explore the connection between them.

A hub for film and writing events

Study film with a department that’s consistently rated in the UK top-ten (Complete University Guide). You’ll discover the history and theory of film and production techniques in global cinema.

As well as our student-run cinema on campus, we have a city centre arts venue that shows the latest independent and foreign films on our doorstep. In previous years, final year students have shown their own films here. You’ll also be close to mainstream cinemas in Lancaster and nearby Morecambe, and a vibrant programme of literary events.

From Black Magic 4K cameras and Adobe editing software to sound-proofed editing suites and audio and lighting equipment, these are just some of the tools you have access to. We have everything you need to learn basic DSLR, digital audio and camerawork in our production facilities.

Whenever you need technical support, you can turn to our professional filmmakers and screenwriters from the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts and our skilled technicians.

Unleash your creative voice

Exploring creative writing gives you the chance to study writing and performance from around the world. The Lancaster area provides a fantastic backdrop for your writing and filmmaking, from the historic city to our spectacular coastline, with ancient woodlands and soaring mountains within easy reach. The nearby Lake District has inspired writers and poets over the years.

The right team is key to your success. Lancaster was one of the very first universities to teach creative writing. Today we continue to lead in the discipline with our celebrated novelists, poets and playwrights. Our experts can help you explore traditional forms such as the short story, the novel, poetry, or theatre, as well as digital media.


Whether you dream of becoming a bestselling novelist, director of blockbuster movies, or want to explore another creative area, Lancaster is a great place to start your success story. Our creative enterprise module which we offer as part of this course is a great way to boost your employability.

You’ll be able to think critically, communicate, work in teams, use complex equipment, analyse film and text, and use your knowledge of film theory to inform your thinking and practice. All of these are skills employers look for when hiring creative graduates.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have skills that could take you in a number of directions. Past students work in a range of areas:

  • Film production and editing
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Writing
  • Television and the media
  • Teaching
  • Research

Eager to continue learning? Some students continue their studies with our Master’s or PhD in Film Studies or Creative Writing.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit considered

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

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Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.


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Fees and funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

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£9,250 £23,750

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Scholarships and bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

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