MA Television Fiction Writing

Glasgow Caledonian University

Program Description

MA Television Fiction Writing

Glasgow Caledonian University

Programme Description

Raw Talent, New Voices

Television is where the vast majority of practising screenwriters work and where there is an abundance of writing slots and creative opportunities. This award has been developed in close collaboration with the television Industry and wholly with its screenwriting needs in mind. Students will be taught by both academic staff and top TV scriptwriting practitioners. This programme forges an exciting new partnership between industry and education to produce the next generation of market-ready script writers for the 21st Century. Crucially, graduates will be capable of script development within the constraints and opportunities presented by a competitive global market for television drama.

Through this Masters, students will gain knowledge and skills that are essential to succeeding in contemporary television markets. We aim to maximise employment opportunities for students through close exposure to the industry, to some of its most successful practitioners and to their professional practice in action. However, 'skills only' training, without opportunities to reflect critically upon creative processes and dynamics, upon industry imperatives and synthesis of the relationship between these into a sustainable model of professional action, would not enable students to become flexible and independently minded TV scriptwriters. In other words, students will not only know 'how' but also crucially 'why'.

Why choose this programme?

It is housed within the Department of Cultural Business at the Caledonian Business School and, as such, it is in an excellent position to bridge both creative development and business aware skill sets for the TV industries.

The teaching programme has been developed in close collaboration with the television industry, ensuring that a real workplace context and direct market relevance is maintained. As well as input from Shed Productions (New Tricks, Waterloo Road, Footballers Wives), we are also in talks with the BBC over access to River City writers and story conferences.

It focuses solely on writing for the growing television sector which is a key element of the Scottish, UK and global economies.

Successful students will graduate with both a masters degree and at least one project or script ready to take to market.

Its learning programme is underpinned by both academic research credibility and cutting edge and successful industry interventions

Competitive, industry-sponsored scholarships are available for this programme.

Programme structure

To achieve the full Masters award students must successfully complete 8 taught modules and an Independent Script Project in which students research and write (with supervision and support) material for an original six-part television drama series.

The full-time programme runs over 12 months. Students take four modules in Semesters A (Sept - Jan), and four modules in Semester B (Feb - May). Following this, students continue work on their Independent Script Project which is submitted in September.

Entry Requirements

Minimum RequirementsCandidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Applicants should have:

•the equivalent of a UK Honours degree
•experience working in the industry, and
•a stock of current projects/creative ideas they would like to take to market

Additional Requirements

In the Personal Statement section of the Application Form candidates must demonstrate evidence of prior interest and/or achievement in writing fiction for television and/or the general field of creative writing.
This must be supported by samples of personal creative writing (up to 3 short pieces ie: short stories, scene from play or screenplay). These works do not need to have been published or performed.

Additionally applicants must make a clear and unequivocal statement of why they wish to pursue a career in television writing.Interview/TestCandidates will also be required to attend and pass an interview and test as part of the application process. The test will consist of a previously unseen dialogue scripting exercise conducted under class test conditions.

Further information regarding the interview and test will be provided after review of a candidate's application.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
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United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland
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