Creative Writing & Film
Career-focused Creative Writing & Film programme in London
The Creative Writing & Film programme is aimed at students interested in expanding their creative writing skills with a focus on writing for screen-based entertainment including, scriptwriting for film, television and online film. The course will allow you to explore TV and film criticism, as well as learn how to think and write about media at an academic level. You will also embark on developing your own screenwriting ideas and learn how to build your own script in your chosen genre, all the while forming an understanding of the importance of workshopping and the editing process. You will have the opportunity to interact with published authors and screenwriting professionals forming unique insight into how the skills you develop throughout the course can be applied to the real world.
Learn from exceptional institutions and industry leaders changing the world of Creative Writing and Film.
One of the most exciting parts of the Career Insights programme is the unique opportunity for participants to attend inspiring industry visits whereby you can interact and learn from industry professionals in your field of study. Industry visits take learning out of the classroom and into the real world, where you can observe and explore how the skills and knowledge built throughout the programme apply to a career in your subject. This unique aspect of our programme ensures students also gain the chance to network directly with industry professionals who may share with you opportunities you hadn’t otherwise envisioned.
Discover unique industry insights
Through inspiring guidance by industry experts, you can expect a wide range of interactive tours to spark further curiosity about disciplines to pursue within the field of filmmaking. Workshops and visits include:
The Cinema Museum
London’s cinema museum is the home for cinema artefacts, film festivals and memorabilia. This visit gives students the opportunity to tour the museum while exploring the history of cinema through a series of short films, using the insight from this tour, you’ll be able to gather inspiration for a short period drama.
British Film Institute (BFI)
The BFI is a cultural charity and the UK’s primary institute dedicated to supporting film-making in all its forms. Students will be able to explore the BFI’s library to investigate the origins of some of the most significant contributions of art to the big screen.
Develop Your Creative Portfolio
As part of your programme, you will be given the opportunity to produce several pieces of creative work in your chosen subject which will form the basis of a portfolio.
Portfolios are a great way to showcase your skill and accomplishments and are essential in university applications to creative subjects, demonstrating your ability in a way grades cannot.
As part of this process, you will receive two 1:1 sessions with your expert tutor, who will give you advice and feedback on the development of your portfolio.
Find out what it takes to work in the industry through real-world projects
You will explore concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In classes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert project leads who offer an insight into their industry.
Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.
Average class size of 7
1:1 Career Coaching
Professional development workshops
His films have screened across Europe, including at the Tate St Ives, the British Film Institute, and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Guest speakers from previous summers
Dr Nigel Warburton
Dr Lynda Shaw
The Career Insights programme has been really, for lack of a better word, ‘immersive’ into what the experience of living in London for university would really be like – having that chance to connect with different people and comparing our own experiences, discussing what we’ve learned and meshing all our knowledge to come up with big collective ideas to share with the group in class.
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Experience London Life
The Career Insights timetable includes a fantastic social and cultural programme with the following excursions:
Experience London Life
Live and study in
Live in the Heart of London
Career Insights takes place in our capital city, renowned as a hub of creativity, innovation and vibrant culture.
Home to more iconic buildings and landmarks than any other place in the world, London is a place to be inspired and enjoy direct access to the industries of the future.
Dynamic and comfortable accommodation
Career Insights students will stay at Astor College. UCL’s award-winning student accommodation in the heart of Fitzrovia, with iconic London locations at walking distance in every direction.
The residence boasts of modern communal lounges a furnished outdoor courtyard and attractive open plan dining areas.
This will be your home away from home as you engage in an exciting industry-focussed programme to help shape your future.
With accommodation perfectly placed to explore the sights and sounds of our capital city, living in London means being connected with world-famous universities and iconic landmarks.
Located between Bloomsbury and Kings Cross, we make the most of our great location with visits to industry hubs across the city, enjoying the incredible food, culture and history on offer.
Our accommodation offers a comfortable, convenient base from which to explore the city.
Pastoral care and safety
An accredited provider of academic short courses
Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector. Our accreditation with the BAC sends a positive and clear message to students and partners that they are studying with a trusted and reliable provider who has met a series of globally recognised quality assurance standards, both in terms of academic provision and student welfare.
The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training before interacting with any students.
For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.
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Immerse™ Creative Writing and Film Sample Modules
Module 1 - Story Telling & CraftIn this module, you will explore what’s involved in crafting the perfect story for the screen. Throughout this module, you will take a look at the elements that make up a great story and compare and contrast these features across a wide range of genres and modes of storytelling. These comparisons will form the basis for your own screenwriting development later on in the course.
Module 2 - The History of ScreenwritingFrom George Melies’ 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon to the modern-day film, you’ll take a walk through the history of screenwriting, forming an understanding of the influences that have and continue to shape stories written for the screen. This foundational knowledge will provide you with important insight into the factors contributing to screenwriting today and why they’re important when crafting the perfect on-screen story. A part of this course will focus on examining different scripts and their final on-screen publication where you’ll be challenged to think critically about the form and techniques applied to different films.
Module 3 - Film and Television CriticismFilm and TV criticism is an important are of study for the budding screenwriter, with a focus on analyzing the influences and agendas of different authors and how media can be received. This module involves taking a deeper look at a film or TV production, interpreting and evaluating stories, and considering their effect on the viewer. Some of the topics you may encounter include feminist and post-modern film theory criticism. You will apply you’re understanding of these criticisms to an analysis of several different films.
Module 4 - Exploring GenresIn this module, we’ll take a broad look at the different genres for screen and TV writing and form an understanding of some of the basic components of writing for each genre. This unit will help you to develop an understanding of the type of genre you’re most interested in writing to be applied in your personal project.
Module 5 - ScriptwritingIn order to write a good film or TV series, you will need to know the basics of script writing. In this unit, you learn about the basic features of a good script, taking a close look at formatting and what you need to keep in mind when producing a script for publishing. You’ll form a solid foundation of the do’s and don’t’s of scriptwriting that can later be applied to your personal project.
Module 6 - Script Development (Portfolio Project)With a strong understanding of screenwriting, its history and development, built throughout the course, you will apply your newfound skills to your own scriptwriting project. With guidance from your academic tutor and inspiration from your peers, you will expand on your own storytelling ideas and write your own script for a TV series or film. As you build your script, there will be opportunities to workshop your piece with your peers, gain feedback from both your tutor and classmates and even practice reading your script in order to reflect on how it is read by real people aloud. Throughout the course you will be given insight into the script editing process as well as what you can do with your script once it is finalized, such as competitions to enter and how to get an agent or editor. At the end of the programme your tutor will evaluate your script providing invaluable feedback that you can use for further development and skill building as well as to use as an example of your work for a university or job application.
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16th July – 29th July 2023
Creative Writing & Film