This one-year course is aimed at developing screenwriting skills in the context of a filmmaking community where writing is an everyday practice and a collaborative process involving actors, directors, musicians, editors, and producers.
At LFS we explore the boundaries between writing and directing and stimulate debate through classes in film history, cross-cultural approaches to dramaturgy and script readings with professional actors. Regular screenings of classic and contemporary films in our own film theatre and visits by contemporary filmmakers complement the core practical work of developing a feature screenplay.
The MA Screenwriting programme provides a year of critical and creative development, a network of future contacts and space where a writer can define their interests and particular talent. The course focuses on short, feature and series writing.
The school runs annual graduate surveys; the survey for 2015 stated 100% of MAS grads “would recommend the course to someone else“. Other comments from LFS Screenwriting graduates:
“Taking a year out to study at LFS was the best decision I have made.” Clyde Harris, graduated 2015
'I wouldn't be the writer I am without you and everything I learned during my time there.' Samuel Jefferson, MA Screenwriting graduate 2014, BAFTA/Rocliffe award for Comedy Writing
“I always speak very highly of the Screenwriting MA at LFS when prospective students email me. I learnt so much there and have it to thank for a lot, so thanks!” Ben Cleary, MA Screenwriting 2011, Short Films Oscar Winner for STUTTERER
Applicants should normally have at least one of the following:
- A Bachelor’s degree with Honours; or
- An equivalent (international) or higher qualification; or
- An equivalent professional qualification; or
- Substantial professional experience in film or a related area.
You are welcome to apply even if you haven't written any scripts before, but feel you have the ability to and meet our minimum entry requirements.
The language of teaching and assessment is English. Students whose first language is not English will need to provide proof of proficiency in English. More information can be found here.