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2022
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MA Screenwriting

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Duration

1 year

Course available in

London, Leeds, Berlin

Overview

Overview

The MA Screenwriting programme is designed to enable you to develop the skills and understanding needed to work as a writer in today’s screen industries. You will gain advanced insight into the work of a screenwriter – deep understanding of screen storytelling and professional scripts, working across a variety of screen platforms and industry contexts, writing short form and feature length scripts, the writer’s role as initiator and enabler, professional working practices and employment strategies.

Specific topics range from storytelling and formatting scripts to pitching ideas and projects, from working alone, in partnership or in writers’ rooms to selling ideas to producers and editing scripts in collaboration with other creatives.

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Why Take the Course?

Why Take the Course?

  • Practical: Pitch your script to a panel of industry experts, see your script performed by actors, and receive script development support from leading UK film and television production companies.
  • Comprehensive: Learn about writing for different platforms, including film, television, web, radio, games and commercials.
  • Industry-facing: Learn from leading industry tutors and guest speakers with extensive professional experience as writers, directors, showrunners, and script developers in the screen industries*.
  • Real-life Experience: Write for an external client, and receive real-life screenwriting experience to improve your communication, teamworking, and pitching skills.
  • Portfolio: Graduate with a portfolio of content, normally including short film script, treatments for genre feature films, a pilot screenplay, online video scripts, industry-standard script reports, synopses, outlines, project pitches, and a final project feature-length script.

*Due to the nature of their work patterns, named staff on programmes are subject to change, and are also dependent on the programme and modules selected for study by the student. For a selection of the tutors who teach across our campuses, please see Our People.

Our outstanding credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies. 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.

Programme Aims

Deep understanding of the roles and responsibilities relating to being a screenwriter for a range of screen platforms.
The ability to produce work of increasing ambition and quality including experimentation with content and form.
The ability to initiate, develop and deliver writing suitable for current and evolving screen industries and audiences.
The language and understanding to articulate the role screen storytelling plays in an increasingly globalised and inclusive world.
Practical insight into the essential role of giving and receiving feedback in the process of screenwriting.
Advanced techniques in working with collaborators in the realisation of compelling and meaningful content.
An ethical approach to screenwriting that demonstrates understanding of the impacts of screen content in promoting a diverse and inclusive understanding of the world.
The ability to understand the work of colleagues and to articulate why screen practice requires true collaboration.
Gained insight that will enable you to enter the screen industries as an enlightened and contemporary screen industry professional.

What You Will Study

What You Will Study

Over three trimesters you will gain advanced insight into the craft of the screenwriter and the implications of creating and delivering screen content to a wide variety of audiences and contexts.

Trimester 1 focuses on the essence of screen storytelling and the role the writer plays in developing and crafting stories for a wide variety of forms and formats. Alongside this you will deliver a short film script and explore your own qualities as you build a career profile that will develop as the course – and your understanding – increases.

In Trimester 2 you will enrich your understanding through engaging with television scriptwriting and engagement on collaborative, client-facing assignments. In addition you will develop the research and analytical skills expected in both your academic and professional practice.

In Trimester 3 you will draw together your practical, theoretical and industry understanding into the creation and delivery of a long form script and complete your career plan as part of your progression into real world employment.

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Module Overview

Module Overview

The overview below is not a complete list of MA Screenwriting modules. For the complete list, please download the full Course Specification below.

Screenwriting Craft and Industry

The key roles and responsibilities of the contemporary screenwriter are explored from industrial, ethical, and craft perspectives. You will develop your communication skills by pitching an idea for a short form project, and you will join students from other disciplines for your first collaborative production exercise using a smartphone to make a statement.

Writing for Film

In this module you will study the craft of feature film screenwriting, analysing key screenwriting principles including concept, character, and structure. You will receive extensive support to outline a feature film narrative and deliver a scripted first act.

Professional Profile

You will develop authentic and detailed career paperwork and supporting materials including a CV and personal profile. As part of the module you will be offered Elective Upskilling sessions – opportunities to develop screen industry skills outside of your chosen discipline or as part of your multi-skilling profile.

Writing Digital Content

Using contemporary examples of online content, the module will offer a greater understanding of the practice of writing for different media and encourage both creativity and independent critical thinking. Additionally, you will work collaboratively with students from other disciplines to produce a video artefact for an external client.

Writing for Television

You will learn the particular skills a television writer needs to equip themselves with and understand how a ‘series bible’ is developed, and then maintained, through seasons, with both single writers and multiple writers in a Writer’s Room.

Practice-based Research

Building on the work of previous and concurrent modules, you will gain a deeper insight into current theories, principles, and discussions relating to issues of diversity, sustainability and ethics within the screen industries.

Final Project and Career Plan

Your project is an opportunity to deliver work that is distinctive, industry-aware, based in research and reflects awareness of a diverse and inclusive world. You will also present your career plan, including evidence of new skills to be assessed by industry employers as you prepare to enter or re-enter the screen industries on graduation.

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

We include a diverse range of teaching methods which include:

  • seminars in smaller groups;
  • small group tutorials;
  • practical group work;
  • formative feedback through critiques/screening and reflective sessions;
  • screen labs – a reflection of ‘real world’ experiences; and
  • enhancement activities.

We use a wide range of assessment which include portfolios, performances, research, presentations, and reflective work. Please download the Course Specification below for more information.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for London, Berlin, and Leeds

Standard Entry Requirements

  • Age: All applicants must be 18 years or older at the time the programme begins.
  • Education: A 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent.

Applicants must also submit:

A personal statement of at least 500 words. The MetFilm School online application form details the information that your personal statement must include.

Students Not Meeting Academic Requirements

Students without a degree, but who can demonstrate relevant industry experience or a degree below a 2:1 equivalent are still able to apply. They will need to submit the following:

  • A professional industry reference.
  • A professional CV.
  • A 750 word statement of why you wish to enter the screen industries, indicating the ways in which you think they are changing.

Equipment Requirements

Students receive the Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud License for the duration of their course. For more information, please check Equipment in the Study with Us section for your chosen course, and the Location sections for the range of equipment and learning resources available on each of our campuses.

Application Information

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