MA Screenwriting

Postgraduate degree

Screenwriting

Whether you’re a playwright, fine artist or producer, you’ll develop your screenwriting skills with hands-on work and personal tuition.

Start Date:

September 2022

Duration:

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Degree Type:

MA/PGDip/PGCert

Number of credits:

MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
PGCert: 60 credits

School:

Arts

Specific entry requirements

Applicants must submit a short portfolio submission of written work (eg. complete short screenplay of 15-30 pages) showing creative aptitude and familiarity with standard screenwriting format. Applicants are also invited to submit supplementary materials, such as evidence of writing research, character biographies, treatments, etc.

Postgraduate and Doctoral open evening

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 5–7.30pm

Course and Module Details

Overview:

Our MA Screenwriting will help you to develop personal voice in your writing, create distinctive and high-quality work, and to take that work from concept to industry-ready screenplay. Our unique approach combines technical practice with academic theory. The programme is flexible in its format and divided into three blocks; voice, writing and pitching, allowing you to focus on the areas that interest you the most. Our aim is to bring the most out of the individual talent of each writer.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your own writer’s voice – that deep-seated, often hidden message that urges you not just to write, but to write about the things that move you. Writing from an emotional, often psychological space offers freedom to the writer and greater engagement from an audience.

You’ll learn how to develop this voice and learn how the screenwriter is an ethnographer, paying close attention to descriptions of peoples and cultures, considering their customs, habits and mutual differences. You will also learn how to make your screenwriting stand out, using non-traditional, decolonised, less Western-focused forms, applicable from the gallery space to the theatre.

Whether you’re a playwright, fine artist or producer, you’ll develop your screenwriting skills with hands-on work and personal tuition that will result in a full feature or TV pilot screenplay of 60-100 pages, from concept to second draft. You will learn about sensory ethnography, underground screenwriting, the development of voice, different forms of screenwriting and the importance of packaging your work. You will graduate with a piece of work of a standard you will be able to present not just to industry, but within your field of specialisation.

Finally, you’ll learn how to package your script and pitch your work. You will learn about industry requirements so you can ensure your work is coherent, accessible, professionally presented and noticeable. This includes live pitching sessions, development funding applications, guest lectures from industry speakers, and field trips.

The MA is for both recent graduates and mature students who wish to take their writing to the next level, and to be able to engage with the film industry as screenwriters, writer-directors, creative producers, translators or script editors.

While the programme is mostly taught on campus, all lectures, workshops and table reads will be live-streamed and/or recorded, allowing full remote delivery for students unable to attend in person.

Modules

 

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£8,650 £14,800

Career Options

Graduates from this programme will be well equipped to work in independent film as well as the wider film and TV industries. Career paths include screenwriter, script editor, script translator, film critic, creative producer, artist in lens-based media (gallery distribution), independent filmmaker.

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

You can apply now for any programme starting in Autumn 2021, January or February 2022 or September 2022.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Postgraduate application process FAQs

 

To apply, you need to complete our online application form.

No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.

We have general entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Many of our courses also have specific entry requirements. You can find details of these, and the fees for individual courses, on our postgraduate course pages.

If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.

We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.

Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.

Find out more on our accommodation pages

More Information

Programme Convenor: Dr Elan Gamaker

elan.gamaker@roehampton.ac.uk 

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Our Research

Research conducted in the School of Arts covers a wide range of diverse and innovative arts practices, from dance and drama to journalism, film, media, linguistics and computing. Our School of Arts is divided into three subject areas: Dance; Drama, Theatre and Performance; and Communication, Culture and Media. Click here to view our research page.

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