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Filmmaking and Screen Writing, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The UWS BA (Hons) Filmmaking & Screen Writing course offers a unique balance between film theory, filmmaking and script writing, which will enable you to develop industry-accredited skills while pursuing your passion for cinema. This course has an international curriculum concerned with a globalized industry, which is explored in local, regional and national contexts.


The Filmmaking and Screen Writing programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. You will learn how to write scripts, make films and study cinema as art, culture and commerce. 

The course is designed to produce graduates with specific knowledge and skills in filmmaking, cinematic storytelling, and film culture.

The course will also develop your transferable skills of content production, information processing and professional communication. 

The course has an explicitly international curriculum concerned with a globalised industry, which is explored in local, regional and national contexts throughout the four years of study.


UWS graduates work as directors, camera operators and editors. Independent productions herald a new era of growth for Scotland, broadening career opportunities. In addition to film and television production, graduates also work in journalism, marketing and management. Further study is possible at MA and PhD level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You will develop essential creative, critical and professional skills important within cinema, TV and related cultural industries. You will gain experience in production, including research and script-writing, camera and sound operation. 

In addition, you will learn post-production techniques and build a portfolio of work that will give you an edge in the creative sector.

Modules are taught by industry professionals and you will use the latest digital film technology, television studios, and performance spaces. In recent years, students have benefited from masterclasses with internationally acclaimed writers, directors, producers, cinematographers and editors. Whilst the programme is based at Ayr campus, it also benefits from having a teaching space at Film City, Glasgow, which is the hub for filmmaking activity in Scotland.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Ensure that you have copies of all the documents required for your application. These include:

  • Qualification certificates/transcripts in English
  • English language proficiency test certificates
  • A signed academic reference on headed paper
  • CV in English
  • Proof of funding (if required)
  • Passport
  • Visa/CAS statement (if held)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10600 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

  • Channel Islands & Isle Of Man

£9,250 per year of study


The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.

However, there are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at UWS.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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