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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Central Saint Martins

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    10-JAN-22, 19-APR-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Course overview

MA Performance: Writing focuses on the craft and technical aspects of dramatic writing. It offers training and support, allowing you to develop your own unique writing voice. The course is concerned with the production of text for performance and how writers can find an audience for their work in an ever-changing landscape. It explores the art of script writing through the prism of an intensely competitive UK and global industry.

The course engages with tradition and innovation in dramatic writing across contemporary theatre, radio, television, film and digital media. The course contributes to debates relating to scriptwriting, script development and script production. You will explore what constitutes dramatic writing and critically analyse convention and form. Teaching on the course acknowledges the key similarities and divergences across different forms of storytelling – for stage, screen, audio and digital platforms. It focuses on character-driven writing which engages an audience in narrative storytelling.

The course structure is student-centred, tailoring learning to your own interests wherever possible. It will also encourage you to embrace your own cultural identity and perspective in scripted form and value your independence as a critically alert creative author. Throughout MA Performance: Writing, you will produce a portfolio of diverse writing to showcase your talents to the profession. The course will teach you to work with creativity and focus in a wide range of contexts after graduation.


Graduates from MA Performance: Writing will be equipped to work with creativity and focus in diverse environments, and to design and explore their own ways of working, confident in building and maintaining working relationships, yet also aware of their unique role in being the ‘champions’ of the story.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,725per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of the Arts London

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  • Campus address

    University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, London, London, WC1V 7EY, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    43rd out of 103 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    128 67%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    46.0 46%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%



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