Develop your writing for film and television
This degree programme is for students who have a devotion to writing for film and television. The Master’s Degree Programme in Screenwriting focuses on developing and processing innovative film scripts.
This mid-career Master’s degree requires 3 years of work experience after Bachelor’s.
The studies cover all the phases of the screenwriting process. The programme is hands-on and workshop-oriented. Classes are based on students’ own material as a work-in-progress. A reflective and critical approach is practised throughout the programme.
You will be supported to work alongside studies by using an online environment and distance education practices. Links to the global film and TV industry provide opportunities to network with key people and to have feedback on your work.
Besides writing for the film or television industry, you may build a career in other satellite professions, such as producer, script editor, storyliner and script consultant.
The aim of the degree programme is to train scriptwriters who are able to develop film scripts that are innovative and creative but also commercially viable. The programme addresses issues of language, genre, economic viability, and artistic merit within the process of film script development and film script production.
You will develop and write short film scripts as well as two separate feature film scripts or one feature-length film script and one tv-series concept.
The first semester studies take place at TAMK. During the second semester, a study module and a master class will be provided by TAMK's partner universities in Europe. In the third semester, you will carry out an MA Film Project.
You will be supported to work alongside your studies by using an online environment and distance learning practices. A virtual learning environment is used, where the supplementary material will be provided.
Structure of studies
The studies can be completed within one year alongside work as blended learning. The extent of the programme is 60 credits, consisting of professional studies (30 credits) and master's thesis (30 credits).
For the professional studies, there are two modules: 1. Forms and Genres 2. Storytelling and the Moving Image. The first module gives a hands-on introduction to storytelling tradition. It covers ideating, conceptualizing, pitching, outlining and step-outlining story as well as developing character arch and making use of turning points, understanding screenplay structure composed of acts, sequences and scenes and using film and screenplay analysis as screenwriter's tool.
In the module Storytelling and the Moving Image, you will complete one feature-length film script or a concept for tv-series and a script of at least two episodes. Writing memorable scenes with strong characters, describing the essential action and writing dialogue as action of the character, making use of subtext and understanding the deep structure of theme and metaphor as well as the use of visual arena and telling details are the key elements in this module.
The MA Script Project involves the structured and supervised development of a full-length film script text (the minimum length is 90 minutes) or creating a concept for tv-series and a script of at least two episodes. The aim of the module is learning to edit one's own text, rewriting and script-editing, making use of the given feedback and collaborative process with the mentor at each step of the script development process. There will also be a workshop to apply critical analysis and evaluation of the progressive development of the script. We are working actively towards bringing this MA Script Project up to an artistic and commercial standard that will allow it to compete in the European market.
During the second semester, you have the opportunity to complete part of your degree abroad in one of TAMK's partner universities, of which we have over 300 in more than 50 countries. The whole degree programme is an inspiring and multicultural learning environment. Other means of guaranteeing a truly international and multicultural study experience are to immerse yourself in language studies, peer tutoring for other international students, friend-family activities and international projects and themed weeks.
Links to the global film and TV industry provide opportunities to network with key people and to have feedback on your work; to learn the demands the industry makes on writers; to be at the cutting edge of changes and developments in the industry, and to develop mentoring relationships that may persist beyond the programme.
Besides writing for the film or television industry, you may build a career in other satellite professions such as producer, script editor, storyliner, and script consultant.
Postgraduate study opportunities
TAMK's master's degree certificate offers you the possibility to apply for doctoral studies in other universities according to their admission policy.
Academic analyses of the process of scriptwriting are now acknowledged as a field of academic enquiry. Other possibilities include PhDs in the field of the television and radio industry and/or cultural history.
Tuition fees and scholarships
The tuition fee for the programme is 10800 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:
- an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
- already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.
- -1 500 € Early Bird -scholarship, if whole year paid in one instalment by 31 May
- Academic Award -scholarships 25% - 50% for the second year based on credits gained
Graduating students can qualify for Academic Excellence -scholarships for a variety of reasons: exceptional thesis work, success in practical placements or project work. These scholarships are governed and awarded by the TAMK R&D Fund.
Students can also be sponsored by either family or organisations/companies. TAMK is currently negotiating company sponsorships for future students.