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  • Objectives
    The course is designed for writers or filmmakers who wish to develop screenwriting skills within the context of a filmmaking environment and within a creative working relationship with a professional writing mentor. On completion, writers will have a body of work and skills necessary for employment in the world of film and television. The main practical work is the development of a feature film screenplay. London Film School is located in the centre of London and this course is validated by London Metropolitan University.
  • Entry requirements
    The minimum entry requirement will normally be a lower second-class Honours degree in a relevant area, or a European qualification or other equivalent. Applicants will also be considered who have a relevant professional qualification and/or extensive relevant professional experience.
  • Academic Title
    MA Screenwriting
  • Course description
    Course structure
    The programme is non-modular. It is composed of three units to be taken sequentially. Some of the component classes are term specific and others run continuously across the whole programme including Film History and Analysis and Contemporary Cinema. Each unit requires the submission of written exercises, story outlines and screenplays.

    Unit 1: The Screenwriter's Craft: provides an introductory and theoretical framework for the practical work with an emphasis on the writer's personal development. It includes an overview of dramatic principles as applied to a distinctively cinematic approach to storytelling.

    Unit 2: The Screenwriter's Practice: places screenwriting in the context of film history and the filmmaking process. It also illuminates the economic and industrial context for film production, distribution and exhibition and the role of the writer and the screenplay within that context.

    Unit 3: Writing the Feature Film: focuses on the development of the key practical work of the Masters programme - the writing and development of a feature film project. Supported by one-to-one mentoring and small group tutorials.

    Assessment
    A range of methods including a work and research journal, short and feature film screenplays and a development strategy for a feature project.

    Career opportunities
    Recent reports from Skillset and the Film Council have detailed the increasing demand from the film and television industry for writers who have acquired the skills, knowledge and experience in writing for the screen. LFS also provides a collaborative context for a new generation of independent writers and filmmakers to create their own career paths.
     
    Attendance & duration
    Full-time: one year

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