MA Screenwriting

MA Screenwriting

OVERVIEW

MA Screenwriting

The MA Screenwriting Programme offers students a unique opportunity to develop the necessary screenwriting principles, including genre theory, audience and markets, classical and alternative narrative storytelling, pitching and screenplay analysis. Students will hone professional skills and develop their creative voice towards a final original piece of writing for the large or small screen. In addition to the specialist modules in screenwriting, students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with students from the other programmes, at key points during the year. 

This programme is for students who are passionate about the moving image, love to write, and have the ambition to become professional screenwriters. 

Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT and the QAA. This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries. 

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WHY TAKE THE COURSE?

The MA Screenwriting course equips students with professional skills to develop their own voice and produce marketable and commercially successful scripts for film, television and web series. During studiesstudents will take part in a unique industry project for an external client. 

  • Practical. Work with professional actors who will perform your script in front of you, pitch your script to a panel of industry experts at the end of each key module, and receive professional script development support from leading UK film and TV production companies.
  • Comprehensive. Learn about writing for different platforms: film, television, web, radio, games, and commercials. 
  • Industry-Facing. Learn from award-winning tutors and guest speakers with extensive professional experience as writers, directors, producers, showrunners and script developers for film, TV, radio, gaming and online. 
  • Real-Life Experience. Write a script for an external client while working together with other MA students on an industry-integrated project. Receive real-life screenwriting experience and improve your communication, teamworking and pitching skills.
  • Portfolio. Graduate with a short film script, treatments for genre feature film, pilot screenplay for TV series or mini-series, online video scripts, two industry-standard script reports, synopses, outlines, project pitches and a long form Master’s Project script (feature or TV).  

 

MA Alumni Stories

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Screenwriter for independent film scripts focusing on diverse and creative storytelling. Read more.

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After graduating, Daniel picked up an AD job on cult Netflix series, DARK. Read more.

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WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

  • Screen Induction Lab.  A combined learning experience across all five programmes covering key aspects of the filmmaking process, this module explores the life cycle of a film from conception to delivery. Through seminars and practical workshops, students will also engage with critical analysis of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and explore cultural, historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives on filmmaking.
  • Screenwriting Boot Camp.  An immersive module that covers the key creative and craft skills a screenwriter needs in today’s creative screen industries, including fundamentals of dramatic structure, storytelling design and conceptualisation, characterisation and character design, and scene construction and analysis. 
  • Feature Film, Genre & Audience.  This module looks at genre as a key method for developing and classifying films, and the relationship between audience, genre and screenwriting. Students will gain an understanding of target audience, key genres, hybridisation of genre, plot and character mechanics of genre, and audience psychology in relation to the film creation and viewing experience.
  • Writing Across Platforms: Students will explore the various screenwriting platforms and how the content and commissioning process varies across film, television, radio and online content. Topics covered will include formatting structures, narrative design, the development process for various platforms, and what screenwriters need to know about the range of visual formats available to them. During this module students will work collaboratively on the Industry Project, to a professional brief, across all MA programmes. 
  • The Business of Screenwriting.  This module takes a step back to consider how screenwriters work within today’s screen industries, including the script development process, working with producers and directors, the role of agents, legal contracts and agreements, navigating festivals, competitions and writing schemes, and career opportunities for screenwriters.
  • Research in Screen Practice. This module is delivered concurrently alongside the modules in Phase II in a ‘long and thin’ delivery pattern comprising 3-6 hours per week. During this module, students from all five programmes will explore key research methods including: defining problems, identifying areas of academic enquiry, formulating hypotheses, collecting, organising and evaluating data; developing and assessing conclusions as well as theoretical frameworks and discourse related to their practice.
  • Master’s Project. This is a largely self-directed module during which students will work under the guidance of the Course Leader and/or a project advisor towards the development and completion of a final screenplay or scripted project for film, television, or online content. 

Dates & Prices

  • 4 October 2021 — 28 October 2022
  • 17 October 2022 — 17 November 2023
  • Price

    £18,000*

    Course fees include:
    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post-production facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding
    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.

    -Voices That Matter Scholarship 2021. Find out more.

    *Subject to annual price review

  • Price

    £19,000*

    Course fees include:
    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post-production facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding
    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.

    -Voices That Matter Scholarship 2021. Find out more.

    *Subject to annual price review


TUTORS

JAMIE NUTTGENS

MA Screenwriting Senior Tutor, Winner of Best UK Feature at the 2008 Raindance Film Festival, productions include The Red Riding Trilogy and The Lakes. Jamie’s production credits cover the entire range of media production, from award-winning Feature Films like Indie, The Blue Tower, to TV Features (The Red Riding Trilogy) to TV Serials (Jimmy McGovern’s The Lakes) to Series Television Drama (The Bill / Casualty) to Soaps (Crossroads). Full Profile 

GABRIELLA APICELLA 

Gabriella has written several short films as well as articles for HuffPost and Pure Movies. A widely respected screenwriting teacher, she is also a Board member of Euroscript and co-founder of Underwire, the film festival celebrating the talent of female filmmakers. 

DAVID LEMON 

David’s extensive portfolio includes television work for the BBC and ITV and a supernatural radio horror starring Mark Gatiss. His feature credits include Faintheart starring Eddie Marsden and Jessica Hynes’ thriller Containment. 

CAREERS

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at MetFilm School, we concentrate on employability. Students and graduates of MetFilm School will gain access to our dedicated careers advice department MetFilm Futures, who focus on supporting you and ensuring you develop the skills needed to succeed in the industry.  

MetFilm Production, our sister production company, offers 3-4 in-house work experience placements per year for MetFilm School graduates. Selected graduates work in a variety of capacities on all of MetFilm Production’s films such as award-winning The Reason I Jump, 23 Walks and Swimming with Men.   

Our graduates work across the industry as VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and many more besides. Below are just some of the companies they’ve gone onto work for. 

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STUDENT WORK

We proudly present some of the course graduates’ works. These projects will give you an idea of what you should be able to produce by the end of the course.


GRADUATE STORIES

KERRY-ANN MACGREGOR, MA SCREENWRITING GRADUATE

“I left MetFilm School with a portfolio of scripts which helped me take my next steps in my screenwriting career. It’s because of this portfolio that things are happening for me today.”

Kerry-Ann’s short film script won the prestigious Shore Script 2014 Awards. It was also featured in the short film corner of Cannes and made the official selection for Rome Independent Film Festival (an Oscar-qualifying festival).

Kerry-Ann’s feature film script was a top finalist at the Breaking Walls Ultimate Thriller Competition. Finally, her TV pilot script written during her time at Met won a special marquee award at the American Movie Awards. Both projects are currently being considered for development. Read more.

Hear more graduate stories.

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WHY METFILM SCHOOL?

  • Based in the world-famous Ealing Studios.MetFilm School is based within Ealing Studios, along with numerous other companies and businesses. Our location creates a great screen industry context for the School but does not bring access to shoots or other studio activities. Watch our London Campus Tour
  • Occasionally opportunities do arise for our students which are advertised through our career’s advice department, MetFilm Futures. MetFilm School does have its own studio space; Stage 5 – which is mostly used by those studying on our MA Cinematography course. It is also accessible on a case-by-case basis to students shooting films and other kinds of project but has to be booked in advance.  
  • Award-winning tutors.MetFilm School’s tutors are working screen professionals – TV and film directors, producers, screenwriters, editors, animators and other industry specialists with numerous awards, including BAFTA, Emmy and Oscar nominations. 
  • Connected. Through working closely with our sister companies MetFilm Production and MetFilm Sales, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. These provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. 
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and ScreenSkills Select 

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