MA Screenwriting

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? Met Film School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience.

KEY FACTS

MA Screenwriting

  • One-year full-time postgraduate course
  • For students who want to develop writing skills for creative screen industries
  • Build an impressive portfolio which includes a short film script, treatments for genre feature film, pilot screenplay for TV series or mini-series, two industry-standard script reports, synopses, outlines, project pitches and a long form Master’s Project script (feature or TV)

WHY TAKE THE COURSE?

The MA Screenwriting course equips you with professional skills to develop your own voice and produce marketable and commercially successful scripts for film, television and web series. During your studies, you’ll do 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 and games
  • Industry awareness. 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
  • Career-focused. 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

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WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

  • Screen Lab. You will participate in seminars and workshops covering a range of topics, including practical filmmaking skills, creative brainstorming, a survey of concepts underpinning moving image theory, and the state of the creative industries. At the end of the module, you will shoot a mini filmed project on an iPhone/Android, focusing on the primacy of content in the Say Something! exercise.
  • Screenwriting Boot Camp. You will study key creative and craft skills a screenwriter needs in today’s entertainment industry, including fundamentals of dramatic structure, storytelling design and conceptualisation, characterisation and character design, and scene construction and analysis.
  • Feature Film, Genre and Audience. You’ll look at genre as a key method for developing and classifying films, and the relationship between audience, genre and screenwriting. You 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 viewing experience.
  • Writing Across Platforms: TV, Online, Radio and Advertising. You will explore various screenwriting platforms and how the content and commissioning process varies across film, television, radio and online platforms. 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. You will also have an opportunity to develop a TV Pilot Script.
  • The Business of Screenwriting. You will learn how screenwriters work within today’s entertainment industry, including the script development process, working with directors and producers, the role of agents, legal contracts and agreements, navigating festivals, competitions and writing schemes, and career opportunities for screenwriters.
  • Research and Project Methods. You will begin to prepare for your final Master’s Project by exploring key research methods including defining problems, identifying areas of academic enquiry, formulating hypotheses, collecting, organising and evaluating data, developing and assessing conclusions.
  • Master’s Project. This is a largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development and completion of a final screenplay or scripted project for film, television, or online content.

TUTORS AND PAST INDUSTRY GUEST SPEAKERS

Jamie Nuttgens – MA Screenwriting Course Leader, 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).

Rachel Wood
Rachel is an experienced screen professional who worked in the film industry for many years.  She was Head of Production in London for LA based Catch23, Head of Development for esteemed UK producers Stephen Woolley and Nik Powell and has worked with many writers and directors including Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (SkyfallStoned), Catherine Johnson (Mamma Mia), Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) and Stephen Frears. She has served on the BAFTA jury and NFTS Script Advisory Board.

  • Frank Spotnitz –writer and producer (X-Files, Man In The High Castle)
  •  Neil Landau – writer  (Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place)
  • Julie Baines – producer (Triangle, Butterfly Kiss)
  • Adrian Hodges – television and film writer (The Musketeers)
  • Noel Clarke – actor, screenwriter, director, and comic book writer (Kidulthood)
  • Steve Box – animator and director (Curse of the Were-Rabbit)
  • Ben Harris – writer (Transporter, Marcella)
  • Tom Williams – writer (Chalet Girl, Kajaki)
  • Ken Marshall – producer (Filth)
  • Smita Bhide – writer (The Indian Detective)

Student Story

KERRY-ANN MACGREGOR, MA SCREENWRITING GRADUATE

“I left Met Film 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.

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CAREERS

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at Met Film School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The Met GO team (Met Student and Graduate Opportunities) helps our talented and bright students secure creative jobs in leading companies across the globe.

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

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Dates & Prices

  • 13 Mar 2017 — 16 Mar 2018
  • 9 Oct 2017 — 12 Oct 2018
  • Price

    £13,500

    Course fees includes:

    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and postproduction facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking, and an average of 15 hours a week contact time.

    How to Apply:

    We accept applications and offer places on a rolling basis throughout the year. As our MA programmes are competitive we encourage you to apply as far ahead of your intended start date as possible. We are now accepting deferred entry for future intakes.

    Contact our Admissions Team on +44 20 8280 9119 or info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Entry Requirements:

    To apply for the MA course you will need to be 18 years of age or older at the time the course starts. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

    Duration: One Year

    Application Criteria
  • Price

    £13,500

    Course fees include:

    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and postproduction facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking, and an average of 15 hours a week contact time.

    How to Apply:

    We accept applications and offer places on a rolling basis throughout the year. As our MA programmes are competitive we encourage you to apply as far ahead of your intended start date as possible. We are now accepting deferred entry for future intakes.

    Contact our Admissions Team on +44 20 8280 9119 or info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Entry Requirements:

    To apply for the MA course you will need to be 18 years of age or older at the time the course starts. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

    Duration: One Year

    Application Criteria

WHY MET FILM SCHOOL?

  • Famous facilities at Ealing Studios. Our students in London receive access to our modern premises and facilities within the famous Ealing Studios. High-profile productions made on-site include Downton Abbey, Nowhere Boy, My Week with Marilyn, Prince of Persia, The Iron Lady, Star Wars: Episode Two, and Victor Frankenstein. Learn more
  • Award-winning tutors and guest speakers. All our tutors and guest speakers are working screen professionals with numerous industry awards and nominations, including BAFTAs, Emmys and Oscars. Learn more about our tutors and guest speakers
  • Part of the industry. Through working closely with our sister companies Met Film Production and Met Post, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. Met Film businesses provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. Find out more
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Creative SkillSet. Find out more.
  • Leading the industry. As the fastest growing film school in the UK we are proud of our innovative approach with a strong focus on new media and platforms, which is delivered throughout all our courses

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