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  • Entry requirements
    Three year university degree or equivalent professional experience in a relevant area. The need to follow and understand the intensive course of lectures, and the high pressure of group work make it imperative that all students must have a satisfactory knowledge of the English language.
  • Academic Title
    MA
  • Course description
    The LFS MA Screenwriting course is an intense one-year programme with the emphasis on developing the writer's original voice through small group and one-to-one mentoring from industry professionals. LFS aims to encourage writing as a continuous practice, to stimulate reflective and critical approaches and to provide a specific historical background to film narrative, genres, and dramaturgy.

    The MA Screenwriting programme provides a year of critical and creative development, a network of future contacts and a space where a writer can define their interests and particular talent. This is a course that is more interested in content over structure, individual development over the imposition of a universal model or set of rules. At LFS we believe that the study and practice of screenwriting requires an understanding of the technical aspects of filmmaking and of different approaches to narrative as well as the working methods and practice of professional screenwriters as members of a creative team.

    We are looking for writers who are excited about writing for the screen, who have a background in writing for other mediums, directors who are seeking to write their own feature script and writers who wish to establish long-term mentoring relationships with development professionals.

    Course Philosophy

    To encourage writing as a state of mind and everyday practice
    To stimulate a reflective and critical approach to practice
    To provide an historical background to film narrative
    To place the screenplay in the context of a collaborative filmmaking process
    To explore the boundaries between writing, directing and producing
    To stimulate alternative approaches to screenwriting through awareness of different dramaturgical traditions
    To take on writers who wish to develop a long-term mentoring relationship with working professionals
    To focus on the writers individual development above issues of structure and dramaturgy
    To create a context where the writer works with others involved in the filmmaking community - directors, actors, musicians, producers


    Visit the MA Screenwriting page on the The London Film School web site for more details!

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