MA Screenwriting

MA Screenwriting

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.

Dates & Prices

  • 07 October 2019 — 23 October 2020
  • 05 October 2020 — 22 October 2021
  • UK/EEU Students

    £16,500

    International Students

    £18,500

    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.

    BAFTA Scholarship

    Applications for the 2019/2020 UK Scholarship programme are now open.

    2019 Award – Women in the Screen Industries in partnership with MTV

    To know more, visit Voices That Matter Scholarship.

  • UK/EEU Students

    £18,000

    International Students

    £20,000

    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.

    BAFTA Scholarship

    Applications for the 2019/2020 UK Scholarship programme are now open.

    2019 Award – Women in the Screen Industries in partnership with MTV

    To know more, visit Voices That Matter Scholarship.


TUTORS AND 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)

CAREERS

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at MetFilm School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The MetFilm Futures team help 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. 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?

  • Situated and based in the world-famous Ealing Studios. Ealing Studios is a professional film and television production environment and MetFilm School is based inside this space, along with numerous other companies and businesses. Being on the lot creates a great screen industry context for the School but does not bring access to shoots or other studio activities. Occasionally opportunities do arise for our students and these are advertised through our student opportunity department, MetFilm Futures. MetFilm School does have its own studio space – Stage 5 – which is mostly used by those studying on our Post Graduate 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. Regarding the main studios, we expect all students to be courteous, professional and respectful while they are on the lot. For obvious reasons, they cannot enter sets or professional productions freely.
  • 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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