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Playwriting and Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Beyond MA

University of Warwick

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Warwick

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MA in Playwriting and Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Beyond offers emerging and established writers the opportunity to hone their writing craft for a range of performance settings and production contexts. You will engage in dramaturgical thinking and research within script development and produce scripts for a range of media.

Course Overview

The MA in Playwriting and Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Beyond is a taught postgraduate degree offering a unique combination of play/script writing and adaptation for stage, screen and beyond. The course invites students to improve their writing craft while exploring, researching and developing a variety of original plays/scripts and adaptations for a range of performance settings and production contexts from stage, screen, and radio performance to live performance including site-specific, museum and immersive performance, gaming and other commercial and non-traditional contexts.

Starting from the premise that writing for performance requires dramaturgical research, the course also interrogates dramaturgical thinking in relation to script development. The programme is aimed at emerging writers interested in writing in a performance-based context as well as more established writers wishing to hone their skills. By the end of the course, each student will have completed a full-length play/script and several short plays/scripts for a range of media.

Teaching and Assessment

You will work alongside world-leading academics and professional playwrights and dramaturgs who will share their expertise and challenge you to recognize your creativity and think independently. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities and support needed to develop your own scripts for stage, screen, radio and a range of other forms and to compete in global creative industries.


You will normally attend two 3-hour seminars each week during the Autumn and Spring Terms. If you are a part-time student you'll attend one 3-hour seminar a week during the Autumn and Spring Terms of Year 1 and Year 2. Seminars and workshops will normally consist of fewer than 15 students.

A range of teaching methods will be used that draw attention to innovative practices. They include:

  • Seminar discussions and workshops that include insights from professional practitioners, in-depth explorations of case studies, critical readings and practical tasks
  • Practical workshops and feedback sessions that, through specifically designated exercises, enable students to develop skills, techniques and understanding of requirements specific to a range of script writing practices in a variety of media and settings. Group feedback sessions will provide further strategies to students to sharpen their understanding of the adaptation process
  • Cold and semi-staged readings that enable students to hear their work-in-progress and receive informal oral feedback
  • Intensive weekend residences (one each term) and a summer writing residence that will enable students to work with professional writers, to experiment with various modes of writing, and to experience the process of script-development both through individual and collaborative exercises and practices


The MA in Playwriting and Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Beyond offers a range of script writing and adaptation skills that will equip you to work in a range of professional environments including theatre, film, television, and radio. It also offers a range of transferable skills suitable for working in the creative industry and creative sectors more widely, including in advertising, marketing, gaming and video industry. You will also have the opportunity to write for different media, venues and audiences — ranging from the mainstream in a variety of media to community and alternative settings.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,280per year

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

University information

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University of Warwick

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  • Campus address

    University of Warwick, Coventry, Coventry, CV4 7AL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 102 11

    3rd out of 53 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    162 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 168
    170 100%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65 65%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%



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