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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Typically you need a suitable degree and/or relevant work experience. You also need to demonstrate evidence of writing skill. If English is a second language, you need an IELTS of 7.0 or TOEFL of 600 or equivalent. Minimum IELTS score 7.0
  • Academic Title
    MA Film Studies with Screenwriting
  • Course description
    This course will appeal to you if you have a passion for film and would like to write your own. It develops your writing skills, your knowledge of cinema and introduces you to the art and business of screenwriting.

    You study a module in writing for cinema. Instead of a dissertation you produce a feature length screenplay on a topic of your choice, along with a selling document and a submission strategy based on your knowledge of the market.

    You take two core film studies modules, film narrative and researching cinema. You also choose one film studies option, such as adaptation.

    We teach you the dramatic theory and storytelling techniques you need to turn your story ideas into a professionally presented calling card screenplay that has an engaging and well-told story.

    Visiting professionals will also give you insights into how to
    • prepare a selling document and submission strategy for your screenplay
    • get commissions
    • find related work in film and television

    The course offers small group seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials with specialist staff.

    Associated careers

    This course prepares you for a career writing for television, production companies or agencies at levels such as assistant script editor, script editor or script reader.

    It is also suitable training for a career teaching screenwriting.

    Course content

    Semester one core modules
    • textual analysis and style • studying and researching the cinema

    Semester two core modules
    • writing for cinema

    Semester two options
    One from • adaptation reloaded • central European and Balkan cinema

    • screenplay

    Part-time students study one module per semester over two years.


    Full-time – one year
    Part-time – two years

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