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A screenwriter is one who practices the art and craft of writing screenplays on which television programs, comics, films or video games are based. A Master of Arts (MA) in this field is an intense program with emphasis on the original voice of the writer alone. Students will gain understanding in the background of film genres, narrative and dramaturgy and will learn the simulative and critical pro… Read more

A screenwriter is one who practices the art and craft of writing screenplays on which television programs, comics, films or video games are based. A Master of Arts (MA) in this field is an intense program with emphasis on the original voice of the writer alone. Students will gain understanding in the background of film genres, narrative and dramaturgy and will learn the simulative and critical process to screenwriting.

Students who are unfamiliar with the program might ask, what is an MA in Screenwriting? This program aims to encourage writing film narratives as a continuous practice in an effort to stimulate critical approaches to the different genres in the sector. Courses are designed to develop these skills in the filmmaking community and help students discover the collaborative process of directors, musicians, editors, actors and producers. Students will also explore the boundaries between directing and writing and gain a comprehensive understanding of the cross-cultural approaches to dramaturgy.

There are various benefits to this MA program, including an opportunity to acquire creative development and critical analysis skills. Since this course is more focused on content over structure, students will also hone their individual development and writing skills overall. Students may also learn the history of film narratives and screenplays in the context of the filmmaking process.

This master's program can vary in cost depending on the institution and the country in which it is located. For specific registration fees, interested students should contact the institution directly for more information.

After completing their master's degree, graduates may find themselves in high demand for a variety of positions in the workforce, including a career as a writer, script editor or reader. Many graduates have gone on to work with leading film and television companies. This prestigious course may give students access to the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the filmmaking industry.

A master's program can be completed in one year as a full-time student, or within two years on a part-time basis. Online courses are offered at many institutions for students with busy schedules. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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London Film Academy
London, United Kingdom

Our one-year MA Screenwriting degree is perfect for those, who are looking to pursue screenwriting training embedded in an industry setting, delivered at a postgraduate level. ... +

Our one-year MA Screenwriting degree is perfect for those, who are looking to pursue screenwriting training embedded in an industry setting, delivered at a postgraduate level. It is an ideal option for aspiring creative writers that not only wish to hone their screenwriting skills but also find a destination for their scripts on the big or small screen. This course provides you with the resources to prepare for a career in screenwriting with tailored, purposeful guidance and training which will develop your writing craft for film and television. In addition to lectures and seminars dedicated to genre, story, world-building, character, plot and dialogue, you will receive mentorship from scriptwriting professionals to develop feature and television projects. All our tutors and guest speakers are professional screenwriters, agents or producers, and you will be exposed to the realities of the industry, empowering you with a greater understanding of the pathways available to you. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Bath Spa University
Bath, United Kingdom

Take your writing to the highest level, and develop clear strategies for professional success. With a combination of expert guidance and peer-group workshopping, we encourage ... +

Take your writing to the highest level, and develop clear strategies for professional success. With a combination of expert guidance and peer-group workshopping, we encourage you to develop your unique voice while meeting the demands of a highly competitive industry. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
The London Film School
London, United Kingdom +1 More

An intensive one-year programme with the emphasis on developing the writer's original voice.

An intensive one-year programme with the emphasis on developing the writer's original voice. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 

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University Of the West Of England, Bristol
Stoke Gifford, United Kingdom

Aimed at students with some experience of writing their own scripts already, our MA Screen Production supports you to develop scripts for your own dramas and feature films.

Aimed at students with some experience of writing their own scripts already, our MA Screen Production supports you to develop scripts for your own dramas and feature films. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
GCU - Glasgow School for Business and Society
Glasgow, United Kingdom

With a wealth of commissions and creative opportunities, TV is where most screenwriters work. Taught by professional writers, you'll work on the scripts from series currently ... +

With a wealth of commissions and creative opportunities, TV is where most screenwriters work. Taught by professional writers, you'll work on the scripts from series currently on British TV gaining the knowledge, skills & contacts to succeed in the industry. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Seaver College / Pepperdine University
Malibu, USA

Storytellers as Cultural Leaders Pepperdine's two-year MFA in Screenwriting prepares students to pursue vocations as screenwriters as well as to become cultural leaders in the ... +

Storytellers as Cultural Leaders Pepperdine's two-year MFA in Screenwriting prepares students to pursue vocations as screenwriters as well as to become cultural leaders in the entertainment industry. Hollywood professionals nurture, train, and support students in writing workshops and in courses that examine the storyteller in conversation with contemporary culture. Here at Pepperdine we take a values-centered approach to education and work to strengthen student lives in purpose, service, and leadership. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
 
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology [IADT]
Dublin, Ireland

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.

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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
Sep 2021
Campus
 
MetFilm School London
London, United Kingdom +2 More

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry profession ... +

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience. The MA Screenwriting course equips you with professional skills to develop your own voice and produce marketable and commercially successful scripts for film, television and web series. During your studies, you’ll do a unique industry project for an external client. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
London, United Kingdom

Vocational training in writing drama across a range of media. Although the primary focus is scriptwriting for television, film, theatre and radio, Central also runs optional u ... +

Vocational training in writing drama across a range of media. Although the primary focus is scriptwriting for television, film, theatre and radio, Central also runs optional units in writing for new music theatre and, in collaboration with MA Applied Theatre, writing with and for communities. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus