BA (Hons) Film and Creative Writing, University of Essex

via UK Transfer Degree (Media and Communication)

Here's the BIG Picture

The world of film and creative writing offers endless opportunities for self-expression and storytelling, allowing you to explore your imagination and share your unique perspectives with a global audience. Whether through screenplays, novels, or poetry, you will have the power to evoke emotions, provoke thought, and inspire change through your work. When you study film and creative writing, you will learn how to craft compelling stories and develop your own unique voice as a writer. Additionally, you will gain an understanding of visual storytelling techniques and how to effectively communicate ideas through film.

The BA (Hons) Film and Creative Writing, University of Essex combines hands-on practical filmmaking, creative writing workshops, and theoretical and contextual studies. You are encouraged to forge links between theory and practice, and to make critically-informed choices in your own creative work through the knowledge you gain of film history, literary classics and writing across a range of genres. 

This programme, offered under IACT’s UK Transfer Degree (Media & Communication) offers a comprehensive curriculum that blends essential theoretical knowledge with practical skills, preparing you for the challenges of the modern world. Taught by a global creative faculty, this programme allows you to spend 2 years at IACT and 1 year in the UK.

With this Course, You Will:

  • Be taught by film professionals with extensive industry experience
  • Gain hands-on practical training in all aspects of film production, including camera work, editing, lighting, scriptwriting, and production management
  • Produce group films (learning how to work together as a team) as well as personal projects
  • Have access to HD cameras, extensive editing facilities, a film library and a dedicated cinema

Why choose
University of Essex?

The University of Essex puts students like you at the heart of their mission. We want to support you to achieve outstanding outcomes; and prepare you to thrive in your future lives. Our on-Campus, 200-seat Lakeside Theatre has been established as a major venue for good drama, staging both productions by professional touring companies and a wealth of new work written, produced and directed by our own staff and students. We are ranked one of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022) and was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018 for our determination to do things differently. Essex was ranked number 1 in the UK for film studies (Dance, Drama and Cinematics, Times Good University Guide 2019), and 7th in the UK for Creative Writing in the Guardian University Guide 2024, At Essex, you will be provided with a global approach to the study of film and creative writing in a distinctive and vibrant academic community. 

How Do I Get In?

  • IACT College Foundation in Media Studies –minimum CGPA 2.0;
  • IACT Diplomas – minimum CGPA 2.0 
  • A-Level – minimum of grade D in 2 subjects 
  • STPM – minimum of grade C in 2 subjects and an average CGPA of 2.0, OR 
  • UEC – minimum of grade B in 5 subjects 
  • SAM, AUSMAT or CPU - 5 subjects with a minimum score of 50%, OR 
  • Matriculation Foundation – minimum CGPA of 2.0
  • Other qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Education Malaysia

English Language Proficiency

  • SPM 1119 (GCE-O Level) – C6 
  • IGCSE English – Minimum Grade C 
  • IELTS – Band 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each component
  • Other approved English tests 


Year 1

- Computer Graphics 
- Media and Cultural Studies 
- Media Ethics 
- Media History 
- New Media Studies 
- Photography 
- Print Journalism 
- Public Relations Practices 
- Research Methods 
- Writing for the Media 

Year 2

- Advertising and Marketing Communications 
- Communication in the Globalised World 
- Creative Communication 
- Film Fundamentals 
- Online Marketing 
- Popular Culture 

Year 3

As per the subjects offered by the university in UK/Australia

Elective Modules*

Choose 1 Track

Track 1: Public Relations 
- Corporate Communication 
- PR Campaign and Strategies 

Track 2: Journalism 
- Convergent Journalism 
- Publication Production 

Track 3: Digital Video Production 
- Scriptwriting 
- Video Production 

Track 4: Advertising and Marketing 
- Advertising Campaign Management 
- Cross Cultural Studies for Marketing and Advertising 

Track 5: Digital Marketing 
- SEM and SEO 
- Digital Content Marketing 

*Subject to availability 

MPU Modules

- Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisation (Malaysian students) / Malay Communication 2 (International students) 
- Philosophy and Current Issues 
- National Language A / Academic Writing 
- Malaysian Constitution and Society
- Serving our Society (S.O.S) 

Tuition Fees:

Year 1:

Year 2:

Year 3:
As per partner university

International Students:

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