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MA Scriptwriting (Theatre and Digital Media)

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    07-OCT-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Develop as a scriptwriter by learning with professional and award-winning dramatists. On our MA Scriptwriting (Theatre and Digital Media) you produce a varied portfolio of dramatic works, culminating in a full-length original play, which will enable you to hone and develop your own unique voice.

At Essex, we believe that the joint engagement of practice and theory produces a deep understanding of how drama works. We combine critical study of dramatic texts with practical workshops, so that you nurture your understanding of the playwright’s craft in order to produce your own new work.

Our course focuses on the range of possibilities that exist for contemporary drama, with an emphasis on British and Irish drama, and you also explore topics including:

  • The principles of dramatic structure and scene construction (dialogue, the construction of plot, the development of character, development of themes, and the structure of scenes)
  • Techniques for working as a playwright with youth and community groups
  • The origins and possibilities of poetic theatre and verse drama
  • Options for poetic practice or novel-writing
  • Radio drama

At the end of the course your work will be rehearsed and given a public performance in the Lakeside Theatre at our Colchester Campus. Your dissertation gives you the chance to write a full-length play with one-to-one supervision from an award-winning playwright tutor.

Application deadline

27 August 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 18,800per 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 Essex

  • University League Table

    41st

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    67th out of 97 36

    11th out of 102 5

    16th out of 53 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    103 51%

    81st

    30
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.43 69%

    96th

    69
  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    118 62%

    77th

    37
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.57 91%

    2nd

    1
  • Entry standards

    / Max 168
    111 65%

    30th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%

    18th

    33

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