Comments about MA-PgD-PgC Screenwriting - At the institution - Liverpool - Merseyside
The UK film and television industry is enjoying sustained growth and increasing international influence, and the demand for screenwriters with a distinct voice and original vision has never been greater. Liverpool has established itself as a centre for regional film and television production both in the commercial sector, and increasingly through independent production. The MA in Screenwriting is designed to prepare screenwriters for the exacting demands of the industry. A highly participatory course for committed writers of all ages who show originality and talent, it is taught by experienced tutors and screenwriters with strong industry links. The emphasis is on the development of practical screenwriting skills and the production of a portfolio of work, which includes writing both short and feature length screenplays developed to the highest professional standard. An understanding of professional practice, pitching and marketing screenplays, and the critical analysis of films and screen texts, are key elements in the programme. The course has established links with the screenwriting industry, and is regularly visited by industry professionals.
The course is suitable for candidates with varying levels of experience in creative writing, screen craft or related subjects. The current cohort comprises writers with professional experience and others who have demonstrated a keen interest in the subject and hold equivalent expertise in an alternative, but parallel, medium. We look for a good honours degree in a relevant subject: Media Production, Drama, Journalism, English or similar. However, anyone with a suitable background or work experience in the film and television industry, or those candidates who have published work or demonstrate good writing skills and a genuine passion for the medium, but without sufficient formal qualifications are encouraged to apply. All prospective students are required to submit a portfolio of between twenty to thirty pages of screen, stage and/or radio play(s), or 5000 words of fiction, or an equivalent combination of these genres. Filmmakers and producers are encouraged to submit their films (DVD, CD or VHS format) in support of their application.
Throughout the two year programme, students are engaged in the production of varied, and increasingly challenging projects culminating in the development of feature length screenplays. All screenplays are developed in small group workshops. Through practice, theory, and an awareness of the professional world, students are encouraged to develop an original voice, pursue challenging and innovative methods of storytelling, engage in programmes of research and development, and view their work in the context of the world marketplace. The sessions alternate between lectures, screenings, practical exercises, workshops, specialist visiting lectures and field trips.
Graduates from this course have enjoyed considerable success in the industry both locally and nationally as writers, directors and producers. Successful applicants may be eligible for financial support to cover tuition fees from skillset.