What is Screenwriting?
This MA gives writers the opportunity to explore, experiment and learn the craft of screenwriting, in conjunction with the development and writing of a full-length screenplay.
Screenwriting is not a craft apart, it draws on the crafts and techniques of rhetoric and narrative which writers have been honing and developing since Homer. The programme positions screenwriting within the traditions of dramatic literature and provides you with the means and skill to express your individual and unique cinematic visions. The MA’s primary aim is to nurture and develop talent.
Our programme aims to inspire you to develop the art and craft of screenwriting and related ancillary skills to a high level. You will have already demonstrated an aptitude for writing (through your undergraduate studies or your portfolio work), and by the end of the programme you will have written a full-length feature script or a pilot episode of a television drama.
You will also acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the craft of screenwriting, and will have gained a clear understanding of the stages of writing from idea to final draft.
There are a number of academic modules in film and drama studies, and you will quickly appreciate the opportunities that exist in the film and television industries, as well as matters relating to copyright and contracts.
Aims and Learning Objectives
What will I be able to do when I graduate?
You may find careers in the Film and Television industry as screenwriters, editors and/or tutors/teachers.
What modules will I study?
The programme, divided into two semesters and delivered over thirty weeks, comprises four mandatory modules: - The Craft of Screenwriting, Film History, Dramatic Traditions, Main Project - Lectures and seminars by prominent writers, directors and producers will support the four modules.
What are the entry requirements?
- Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree Level - In exceptional cases, applicants will be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) process. Applicants in this category will be required to present a qualifying essay of a standard that demonstrates their ability to undertake work at MA level - Portfolio submission, as part of your application - Two references must also support your application
It is essential that you have an aptitude and a demonstrated commitment to writing for the screen.
Applications, including the portfolio, are screened and short-listed. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview.