Description

The MA in Screenwriting offers an integrated programme in the history, theory and practice of screenwriting. It will develop practical screenwriting skills and techniques, with students developing outlines, treatments and scripts towards a portfolio of original projects. Projects may be for film or television and the programme will encourage you to write in different genres, and expect you to rewrite draft scripts with feedback and tutor support.

One distinctive feature of the programme is the fast-track core module which will allow all students enrolling on the course, including graduates in other fields, to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting theories, conventions and formats, and develop the ability to apply these to writing practice. Subsequent modules will deepen writing skills and knowledge of screenwriting with assignments of increasing length designed to meet industry requirements, such as feature film script and television series writing, and you will also study the discourse and practices of screenwriting.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

CORE MODULES

  • Fast Track to Screenwriting
  • Final Project MA Screenwriting
  • History and Theory of Screenwriting
  • Scriptwriting in Different Genres
  • Writing a Draft Script

OPTION MODULES

  • Developing a Feature Film Script
  • Developing a TV Series

Student Destinations

Graduates go into careers in the creative industries, such as screenwriting, script editing and collaborating with readers/directors/producers/co-writers. Possible professions include screenwriter, creative writer, or higher education lecturer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a script writer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Part-time international students: £7600 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with or without prior screenwriting experience.

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Birkbeck, University of London

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