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Screenwriting, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

Overview

This MA in Screenwriting from Liverpool John Moores University ourse emphasises the development of practical screenwriting skills and the production of a portfolio of work, developed to the highest professional standards. You will gain an understanding of professional practice, pitching and marketing screenplays and learn to critically analyse films and screen texts.

Through practice, application of theory and an awareness of the professional world, this course will encourage you to develop an original voice, pursue challenging and innovative methods of storytelling, engage in research and development, and view your work in the context of the marketplace. Sessions include lectures, screenings, practical exercises, workshops, specialist visiting lectures and field trips.

Career

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

As well as being a thriving academic community, the Liverpool Screen School has strong links with local, national and international media companies and institutions including the BBC, Trinity Mirror and Lime Pictures. These productive working relationships provide opportunities to undertake key research projects, thereby enhancing your employability.

Alumni from this course have enjoyed success as writers, directors and producers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Discovering the Screen as a Writer 
  • Ongoing Narrative 
  • Writing the Feature Film 
  • The Importance of Rewriting and How to Do It 
  • The Third Act 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • a minimum 2:1 in Media Production, Drama, Journalism, English, or a related degree

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Liverpool

  • 556 - 1040 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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