Film Studies/Screenwriting

During your academic study you will have gained an extensive knowledge and appreciation of film, by studying it from a critical, theoretical and historical perspective. Additionally, you may have developed the creative skills and knowledge of film, needed to write screenplays that get commissioned.

A graduate from your discipline will develop a range of skills including:

  • visual and critical awareness
  • research and writing skills
  • planning and organising
  • analysis and development of cohesive arguments
  • time management and working to deadlines
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • creativity
  • commercial and cultural awareness

What are your career options?

Along with other Humanities graduates who have studied a ‘non-vocational’ degree, you can enter into a wide range of ‘any-discipline’ careers or professions.  Seeing what previous graduates have progressed onto can be helpful when researching options.  Data on the destinations of UK Media graduates is available on the HECSU website.  

The Prospects Planner tool is also a good starting point for recognising your skills and generating career ideas.  Additionally, have a look at the Planning your Future pages for further help and advice. 

Sectors and roles that typically appeal to Film graduates include:

  • Film and TV production
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Communications, PR and Marketing
  • Arts administration
  • Editing and copywriting
  • Information and archives

Creative Skillset have a range of job profiles covering the film and media sector, further profiles can be found on the Prospects website.  

Tips for getting a script commissioned

  • make sure your script is as strong as it can be; submitting a poor script can impact on your future chances
  • contact production companies that produce work you genuinely admire
  • do not limit yourself to just one company
  • check submission criteria on company websites
  • be bold and make contact with people before submitting your script

Working in the creative industries

Finding paid work in the creative sector can be a challenge. Alongside traditional job seeking, professional networking is a good way of making contact with potential employers and collaborators, finding out about paid jobs and developing opportunities together. 

Volunteering is an excellent way of gaining relevant experience and making contacts within your chosen sector. Many people working in the creative industries start out as volunteers and then progress onto paid work. See the Volunteering section for information on local opportunities.  

Many people working within the creative industries develop 'portfolio careers.' This entails working on a number of part-time jobs or contracts at the same time and responding to developments in the market.  

Working on a self-employed or freelance basis is common within the creative industries. Our Self Employment pages provide information about the support you can access at Sheffield Hallam. 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 16:31