Description

The MA Screenwriting postgraduate degree provides an exciting opportunity to learn screenwriting in a highly productive culture of filmmaking, in tandem with students learning to produce, directing and filmmaking craft techniques. The course has been designed to offer students opportunities to initiate, develop and realise original and advanced level work in screenwriting – including story development, characters, dialogue and narratives. The structure of the programme is designed so that production is informed b the ideas of the writer, and writing is informed by the practicalities of production and post. The programme aims to:

  • Enable students to initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work in the fields of film production and post-production
  • Gain detailed knowledge and understanding of key production processes and professional practices relevant to the film industry
  • Understand the structure and operation of the film industry, its global scope, regulatory frameworks, business practices, markets, and audiences.
  • Develop a range of transferable and entrepreneurial skills which equip students to respond to the and future career challenges
  • Gain an understanding of sustainability within the film industry, the impact of production on climate, and the ways in which the industry can impact positively in this area, through a BAFTA albert accredited series of lectures and workshops.

The MA Screenwriting postgraduate degree provides a practical and intensive study of screenwriting in an environment that encourages experimentation, professional development, and new ideas. The combination of creative, technical, practical and management skills – and shared tuition and collaboration with the Film Production pathway, in which filmmakers and screenwriters learn key skills – make this course unique.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time

Module Details:

  • Screenwriting and Film Production Techniques 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Investigative Minds: Culture, Industry, Research 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Finding the Story: Major Project Development and Planning 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Major Project in Screenwriting 60 Credits Compulsory

Student Destinations

Employment opportunities 

There are major skills shortages in the UK film industry. 30,000 new jobs are to be created in the next few years, with most areas of the industry reporting a 35% gap in skills in the workforce according to Screen Skills.

Career paths 

Graduates are equipped for careers that could lead to work in the fields of producing, directing, cinematography and camera, sound recording and sound design, editing, and screenwriting. Additional future roles could be in the fields of marketing, distribution, development, production finance and management, script development, social media and online media creation and further academic writing and/or study.

Previous graduates 

Our postgraduate students go on to work as runners in the assistant director department, professional screenwriters, post-production runners for organisations including the BBC, Envy Post-Production, Freelance are the three biggest areas of post-graduation employment. Graduates have worked their way up from runner and junior positions to Post-Production Coordinators, Assistant Editors, Assistant Producers and higher.

Fees

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Entry Requirements

Degree or previous work experience 

To be eligible for the MA Screenwriting postgraduate course we consider prospective students with either a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in a closely related field (either Film or television Production, Creative Writing or Creative English language related subject), or three years working in industry in a related subject area. Please note, we do not want applicants without experience of writing short scripts or feature length scripts. This is not a conversion course for those wanting to move into film – this is for screenwriters with some experience in writing for film already.

Portfolio

As part of your application prospective students need to present at least two short film scripts or one feature length script of their own writing.  Episodic television scripts are also accepted.

Personal statement

A personal statement is also required which outlines your prior experience, intended industry aims and goals, and who your film industry influences are. Please note, to help ensure successful application please do not submit a description of the programme for your personal statement.

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