Emphasis is on scriptwriting for theatre, film, television and/or radio, but there is opportunity to work in other culturally significant genres, especially prose fiction. Research methods in relation to imaginative writing are studied, and students are encouraged to reflect and analyse as well as create new work.
12 months full time, 24 months part time
School of Performance and Cultural Industries
The School is a dynamic community of researchers, practitioners, scholars and students within the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications. Our students are local, national and international, bringing with them considerable abilities and enthusiasms. The staff across the School has expertise across all aspects of performance, from the process of the performer and the production ensemble through a broad range of compositional and performance practices - acting, choreography, scenography, scriptwriting etc. - to dramaturgy, arts education, performance management, cultural entrepreneurship and creative industries policy. Each of these distinctive areas benefits from the opportunities of productive dialogue with the others. The School explores its disciplines by long-established academic means and through practice-based research. The integration of theory and practice lies at the core of our activities and is manifest in our programmes, in our research projects, and in our interactions with industry and with the wider community. All programmes in our existing and developing portfolio of postgraduate programmes include subject specific modules, the opportunity for inter-disciplinary collaboration, and links with external communities.
The School is based in a new £4m landmark building at the heart of the Leeds campus, which provides a new home for the School and new facilities for the University. The building houses two professional standard, publicly licensed theatres. The main space, which seats 180, is equipped with the latest lighting and projection equipment, shows a range of student work from across the University and work from visiting theatre companies. A further theatre space provides a technically advanced performance research facility. The building also contains a dance studio, changing rooms, a box office, workshop and stores, research and meeting rooms, academic and administrative offices. In neighbouring buildings, students have the use of a range of postgraduate facilities, studios and rehearsal spaces which are equipped for teaching and creating performance. Other facilities include: costume construction and costume store; design studio; construction workshop and associated facilities; computer aided design; video-editing and sound facilities.
What you study
The programme has two core modules that provide a grounding in story structure and in theoretical perspectives, research techniques and methods. Students then select two optional modules from a list which, in 2006/7, includes Writing for Stage and Screen, The Creative Process, and an Individual Project, which may be an original creative piece. The MA culminates in a major Research Project, which can be a piece of original creative work such as an extended dramatic script, or a work of imaginative writing in another genre, or a dissertation. The School is fully committed to the principles of practice-as-research and practice-based research, which enable students to present original work in an academically valid manner.