I initially went to another, much larger university before coming to the University of Suffolk. At my former university, I felt I was just a nameless student in a cohort of over a hundred. My experience on the BA (Hons) Screenwriting course at the University of Suffolk couldn’t have been more different. Alex, Daniel and Adam are not only inspiring lecturers, but they are also all so supportive of their students. They made me feel like I really belonged on the course and that I was capable of achieving whatever I set my mind to.
My family live in Suffolk, so being able to study close to home was a huge attraction. I was immediately drawn to apply for Screenwriting as I’ve always had a passion for both writing and film. Another attraction of the degree was the wide variety of subjects covered. I’ve learnt how to write for film, TV and radio. Furthermore, the course provided me with a creative outlet to express myself, something I think is so important to one’s wellbeing.
The support of my tutors was invaluable to me throughout my studies. I really appreciated the teaching staff getting to know me as an individual and always being there for me when I was struggling with something. The module ‘Writing for TV’ gave me confidence in my sitcom writing ability. It was hard work, but the encouragement of my tutor, Daniel Hayes, gave me the motivation to push myself creatively.
During my time at UOS, I’ve worked as a student ambassador. Being a student ambassador allowed me to work flexibly around my studies and share my experience of university with prospective students, which in turn has increased my confidence when engaging with people I don’t know.
Thanks to my tutors, I’ve developed my ability to network. One of my first year tutors – writer-director Christopher Andrews – helped me gain an internship with a producer in London, which was such an interesting experience. Another Screenwriting tutor, Alex Leaney, introduced me to the directors of a local film festival Suffolk Shorts: www.suffolkshorts.co.uk. I now write for the Suffolk Shorts’ blog and have had the opportunity to interview documentary director Sophie Fiennes, as well as actor David Morrissey.
For my final project I wrote my first feature film script. It was a massive challenge, but I’m so glad I had the chance to do it. It’s something I’m very proud of. Learning the fundamentals of screenwriting and putting them to practice over the duration of the degree has been hugely beneficial to me. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to gain work as a freelance script reader.
My advice to anyone thinking of applying to the course would be to go for it! It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. I can honestly say that these past three years at the University of Suffolk have been the happiest of my life.