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Screenwriting for Television and Film (in Retreat) MA

Screenwriting for Television and Film (in Retreat) MA

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Screenplay Writing

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The course

During the MA in Screenwriting for Television and Film (in Retreat) you will cover writing for feature film and television as well as new developments such as web drama. You will develop a range of ideas, then go on to write film and television outlines, and several drafts of a feature film screenplay, a TV single drama, or a TV series or serial bible and sample episodes.

Commencing in September, you will be taught through a mixture of intensive writing retreats and distance learning techniques, including Skype and our dedicated online learning environment, Moodle. The course includes four week-long residential retreats throughout one year (full time), with some taking place primarily at our beautiful Egham Campus, near Windsor, but also involving some classes in Central London. This structure immerses you in a creative atmosphere conducive to concentrated learning and group interaction, with Development Lab as a core module, where you will present your work in progress to the group for criticism and feedback, and experiment with co-writing.

The course attracts a wide variety of students including those wishing to make a career change from other sectors through to established actors, comedy writers, editors, producers, novelists and many others. Between retreats the course is run via distance-learning with a website, chat room and e-tutorials. This makes it possible for those living outside the UK, and those with busy working lives, such as freelancers and those in full-time employment, to take time out to attend. International students can use a short term study VISA to complete the four week-long residential retreats.

You will also meet and work with industry and independent producers, directors, agents, writers and actors to provide a production context.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including script outlines and scenes, a completed feature film screenplay and/or TV series episode and ‘bible’, and marketing and pitch documents.

Your future career

You'll be set for a career in television and feature film screenwriting and script development. Graduates with work in film and TV include:

  • Janice Hallett's feature screenplay Retreat, starring Cillian Murphy (2011).
  • Olivia Wakeford wrote for the feature film Baseline (2009).
  • Kay Stonham was commissioned by the BBC, and two of our younger writers are working on a C5 youth drama series.

Other students from our department have gone on to work in independent television and film production, for broadcasters like the BBC and ITV, and for distributors, exhibitors, talent agencies and entertainment lawyers.

Modules

In this module you will develop an understanding of funding, budgets, marketing and the industrial issues which affect projects. You will write screenplays for film and TV and consider the principal issues that affect budgets, rights ownership and sales/market factors. You will discuss your screenplays in an informed and professional fashion in various film and TV industry contexts, including funding applications, project pitching, and general industry police debate. You will critically evaluate and argue for your own creative work within a marketing framework, with an appreciation of industrial viability.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,900

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,800

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:1 UK Honours degree or equivalent, in Literature, Theatre, Media or a related discipline. Normally UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent, in Literature, Theatre, Media or a related discipline but we will consider high 2:2 or relevant industry experience. Students with degrees in other subjects will also be considered, as will those with creative experience in fiction writing, the film and TV media, theatre, radio or journalism. Where a ‘high 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.