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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course description

The only course of its kind offered by a Russell Group university, our intensive one-year MA Screenwriting training programme will professionalise writers and presents a genuine gateway into the film and television industries.

You will undertake a rigorous combination of workshops, seminars, one-to-one meetings and regular talks from a variety of industry professionals.

Over the course of the year, you'll work with leading industry practitioners to develop your screenwriting, pitching and story-breaking skills. By the end of the course, you'll have developed a full length feature film screenplay, a pilot TV episode and two short films.

Like all courses at the Centre for New Writing, this MA is taught by practitioners and, as such, it is vocationally-oriented and industry-focused. You'll have access to individual career guidance and training in how to navigate entry-level work in both the television and film industries.

In the second semester, there will be a London industry day based at BAFTA with talks from agents, producers, and writers, as well as a meeting with the BFI.

You'll study story design, visual story-telling and character arcs in both long-running television series and feature films, and develop the tools to be able to analyse and critique screenwriting craft, as well as learn how to disseminate you own work.

There'll be film screenings, and you'll have access to an excellent lending library of films to watch at home.

Throughout the duration of the course, you'll develop a broad and eclectic knowledge of cinema and television.

Coursework and assessment

Each workshop is assessed by a portfolio which will include pitches, treatments, scenes, draft scripts, script reports and notes on how to progress a draft.

Over the summer, you will complete a 'dissertation' which consists of a final revised version of a full-length screenplay.

Career opportunities

This course is designed to train graduates to work in the UK film and television industries.

Some will work as professional screenwriters, while others may take up other, related, positions.

We offer talks from professionals in the industry and internship programmes to help you get an insight into what it's like to work in film and TV.

Tuition fees

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£ 22,000per 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 Manchester

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  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

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