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MA Scriptwriting
MA Scriptwriting

MA Scriptwriting

  • ID:BU440175
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent

English Requirements

  • If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course Information

Develop your ideas from concept to industry-standard final draft, develop your own voice, learn how to critique others work and make industry contacts to pitch for employment 

See your scripts come to life and contribute to others’ productions by working collaboratively with students across the framework 

This intense course allows you the opportunity to work both in teams in addition to producing individual writing pieces 

Become a writer with a distinctive authorial voice with an industry-standard portfolio, writing in a range of formats and genres and a robust attitude to collaboration and development 

All of our teaching staff have worked on Film, Television and multiplatform projects from BBC 1 and Channel 4 through to LEGO’s Character & Story division 

Benefit from regular industry guest speakers and alumni.

Flexible study 

The MA Scriptwriting course offers you the option to study full-time, either in person or online. Lectures and online resources are combined with weekly small-group seminars and workshops to explore concepts and ideas, as well as develop your own and each other’s work in depth. If you are an online student, all your classes will take place virtually – bringing together a diverse cohort of students from all over the world and engaging with narrative theory and industry practices at the widest level. 

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Core units

  • Scriptwriting Across Platforms & Genres: Develop knowledge and skills in scriptwriting with an emphasis on theoretical and practical approaches to creating dramatic narratives, along with your creative voice and vision as an originating author and collaborator in the script development process. You'll develop works for short film, web drama, games and radio drama, both as standalone narratives and in context to transmedia storytelling principles. You'll also experiment with generic conventions, and participate as writers on collaborative projects with MA Directing Film and Television and MA Producing Film and Television students.

  • Storytelling: This unit aims to examine concepts of storytelling across audio visual formats, cultures and production industries. You’ll engage with practice research methodologies to critically engage with a diverse range of narrative forms and approaches. 

  • Creative Story Development: This unit focuses on the scriptwriting development process, in terms of the writer’s role and the skills required for supporting and taking part in creative collaboration. You'll choose a feature film or television/web series/serials for the writing elements of this unit, which are standard industry development documents. These documents form the basis of the Master's Production Project.

  • Professional Practice: An introduction to key skills and knowledge you'll need for employment in the media industries.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The knowledge and skills you will gain from this degree will enable you to pursue relevant roles in the film and television industries such as a Director, Script supervisor, Script Editor, Scripted Development, Storyliner, Reader, Scriptwriter, Script Editor, and Creative Producer.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 624 ($) GBP per year

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