Master Screenwriting and Production

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  • Objectives
    The MA is uniquely designed to develop skills and experience in screenwriting, producing and script-editing. Our priorities are to: - Maximize the potential of our students - Produce rounded professionals - Help students get jobs
  • Entry requirements
    Candidates should normally have: - A good quality first degree in a creative or media area. - And/or a relevant professional qualification. - And/or a substantial body of personal work in screenwriting, drama, creative writing, script-editing or production. Strong candidates will normally be interviewed, after submitting a portfolio of relevant work. Collaborative applications will be encouraged where a prospective screenwriter and producer, for example, wish to apply and work together on joint projects through the degree programme. In this instance, jointly produced material may also be considered as part of the portfolio, although all candidates will be individually assessed at interview. The nature of this course requires that candidates must be able to speak, understand and write fluent English. For those whose first language is not English, they must comply with the following: English Language Testing Service (ELTS) score of at least 7.0.
  • Academic title
    MA Screenwriting and Production
  • Course description
    The course runs on a calendar-year basis, commencing in January, allowing the summer-vacation period to be used for development of personal project work.
    There are two teaching Semesters each lasting 12 weeks; Semester 1 runs January to April, Semester 2 from late September through to the middle of December.
    The 1 Year Full-Time course requires attendance 1 full day and 2 half days per week.
    The 2 Year Part-Time Course requires attendance for 1 full day and 1 half day per week.
    The course moves from the creation of short screenplays and treatments to the writing of a feature-length script or feature production package.  Students will also have the option of writing a dissertation on screenwriting or script-development issues as their final assessed work.
    The course is split into MODULES. Each module starting with Short Scripts and Project Packaging and working up to Feature Film Scripts. (see Modules page for details.)
    The emphasis of the course, however, is holistic not "academic".
    We believe that there are four main areas to be mastered in order to make the most of your abilities as a writer/producer:
    -Maximising your raw talent
    - Learning to identify what is and is not good material for a particular medium
    - Business "nous" (presentational skills, contacts, career strategy, pitching)
    - Craft

    The course aims to develop all these areas in close conjunction with our industry contacts.
    Whether you do the MA in 1 or 2 years, the course develops in 3 natural stages:
    - Preparation for the major project.
    - First Draft of the major project.
    - Re-writing/re-packaging the major project to a high standard.

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