MA in Screenwriting

Edinburgh Napier University

Program Description

MA in Screenwriting

Edinburgh Napier University

MA in Screenwriting

If you’re determined to break into the competitive screenwriting world, our highly regarded, Skillset-accredited Screen Academy Scotland course will maximise your chances. You’ll gain direction and guidance in developing and polishing ideas into finished scripts and learn how the film, television and interactive media businesses operate. Practising industry professionals will provide valuable insight and contacts as you develop a portfolio of projects, including a ‘calling card’ script.

About the course

As well as giving you direction and guidance in developing and polishing ideas into finished scripts, you'll learn how the film, television and interactive media businesses operate. Practising industry professionals will guide your learning, providing valuable insight and contacts. By the end of the course, you'll have produced a portfolio of scripts that can be your calling card, an important tool for a new screenwriter when approaching producers or directors.

While your primary focus throughout the course will be developing your writing skills for moving media, secondary skills will also be addressed. This is a business that requires determination and discipline, and you'll learn motivational techniques, collaborative skills and confidence in presentation. Business issues are also covered, giving you insights into the financial and organisational processes of the industry.

What's involved

This course is studied full-time over one year. You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations, screenings and through independent study.

This award has optional exit points at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels.Below you'll find an indication of the subjects you will most likely study on this course.

Trimester 1
Writing for the Screen: Writing and Screen Project Development, Script Workshop 1, The Business of Screen Project Development

Trimester 2
Developing Interactive Media, Script to Screen, Script Workshop 2

Trimester 3
Major Project

Professionally accredited by:
This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

Career prospects

We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice to equip graduates for success. 92.3% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2012). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out.

Entry to the course

The entry requirement for this course is a UK Honours degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in creative writing, journalism, filmmaking or drama in order to be eligible for the programme, however all backgrounds will be considered.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. You will also be required to attend an interview, and/or be asked to show evidence of an aptitude for the course, appropriate experience, and an indication of how you might benefit from the course.

As part of the application process you will need to submit the following with your application:

  • A personal statement outlining why you want to write for the screen (maximum 300 words)
  • An outline for a feature film or single television drama (maximum one page)
  • A writing sample - this may be a short film script or an excerpt from a feature film script or television drama (maximum 10 pages)

If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes. This course requires a higher level of English language ability with an overall IELTS score 7.0 with no individual component score of less than 6.5 or equivalent.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
11,410 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 11,410 GBP
- Tuition fee non-EU; £3,750 - Tuition fee EU