Creativity at Birmingham: Film and Creative Writing

The Department of Film and Creative Writing is committed to creative and critical practice in teaching and research. Our academics include internationally renowned scholars and award-winning writers, and our students are constantly creating innovative new work

Student writing in theatre, Photo by Patricia Crummay © RSC

Creative activity in the Film and Creative Writing department includes…

  • Original student films are regularly shown at festivals and venues including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place theatre, of which the University is a founding partner.
  • Many students in the Department of Film and Creative Writing have gone on to write successful books, plays, poetry and screenplays. These include: Richard O’Brien (A Bloody Mess), Craig Davidson (Cataract City), and Jenna Clake (Fortune Cookie).
  • The University of Birmingham is the home of B-Film, an interdisciplinary and international centre for research conducted with external partners. This group of renowned academics has worked with local as well as international organisations, and has public engagement as a top priority. 
  • Creative Writing students benefit from workshops run by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the University of Birmingham Creative Fellows at iconic The Other Place theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. 
  • Film Studies students benefit from the University’s close relationships with leading industry bodies such as the BBC. Students on the MA Film and Television: Research and Production spend their term in industry gaining real-world experience and exploring the creative possibilities of film.
  • The Department of Creative Writing is comprised of award-winning novelists, poets and playwrights including Dr Richard House, Dr Dan Vyleta, Dr Ruth Gilligan, and Dr Luke Kennard

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[Photo by Patricia Crummay © RSC.]