MA Screenwriting

London Film Academy

Program Description

MA Screenwriting

London Film Academy

Outstanding writing is fundamental to the success of great film and TV, and your ability to tell a good story is just the beginning. Now you can take your work to the next level, gain an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification and produce an exceptional volume of script work.
Benefit from creative and commercial development in a dynamic and collaborative, film school environment. You have a unique opportunity to enjoy both vocational, filmmaking training and academic study by combining 12 months at LFA with 6 months at our partner university.

“Building on what I learned at LFA my feature film script has been optioned in LA plus a TV series optioned in the UK and green-lit by a broadcaster”. John Lubas, Scriptwriter and LFA Graduate.

At a glance:

• Unrivalled portfolio: TV bible & episode, web series, short & 2 feature films & the option to explore other forms of creative writing
• 1-to-1 development with award-winning actors, writers, producers & directors
• Business of writing (pitching, contracts and option agreements)
• Final Draft software included in course fee
• Full-picture filmmaking: study, collaborate and crew on productions
• Be eligible for our prestigious Filmmakers Club for continued graduate support
• Master of Arts Qualification from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge


  • Duration: 18 months or 2 years, full time
  • Intakes: September each year
  • Hours: Year 1: 15 per week (plus additional hours, incl. evenings and weekends)

Our MA postgraduate course for screenwriters combines an intense programme of screenwriting craft classes, constant development of writing projects and practical advice on the realities of making a living as a screenwriter in the film industry. Once you complete a year course at London Film Academy, you are required to complete additional modules at another educational institution by way of a progression agreement. You may continue your studies at Anglia Ruskin University (for 6 months full time or 1 year part-time) in order to achieve a Master of Arts degree.

Our MA course is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree and can evidence sufficient experience in filmmaking. Potential students should consider the entry requirements before making an application.

At LFA we encourage students to collaborate across disciplines to expand their experience and understanding of the entire filmmaking process. Providing an extensive overview of the realities of the filmmaking industry, throughout the year sessions cover script editing and the role of development executives, script supervising, acquiring agents, copyright, legal and finance; cinema audience demographics and feature film marketing. You will improve your visual storytelling skills and see your scripts leave the page through live-reading workshops with professional directors and actors. To ensure you leave LFA industry-ready our screenwriting workshops will focus on how to outline, pitch and negotiate the sale of feature film and TV ideas to a panel of film and TV industry professionals. You will enhance your awareness of screenwriting theory and craft, gain more experience of writing in the correct format and delivering to deadlines. Above all, you will leave the course with an enhanced portfolio that will showcase a short film script, television project and TWO feature film scripts, all of which will have received expert development and industry feedback.

Fees & Funding

To complete the MA Screenwriting you study for one year on the Screenwriting Diploma at London Film Academy followed by a further year at Anglia Ruskin University to complete your Master of the Arts qualification. Progressing onto the MA enables you to complete your studies at a reduced rate and ensures you get the best of both worlds by experiencing a year of intensive in-house film production followed by a year of university study.

  • Year 1:

The LFA Screenwriting Diploma: £13,000. (UK/EU & non-EU students)
There are no hidden costs and entry to a leading UK screenwriter's festival is included in the fees.

  • Year 2: 6 months – 1 year depending on mode of study

Anglia Ruskin University: MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University. Please check their website for the most up-to-date course fees.

Please visit the Funding Your Studies section of our website for more information on various funding bodies that support students looking to study for an MA in Creative Writing.

Apply Now & Course Dates

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  • 1 October 2018 - 13 September 2019
    Course Fee: £13000
    Final application deadline: 01.09.2018
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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