12 months
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5075 GBP/year
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About

This Screenwriting programme at Birkbeck, University of London offers the opportunity to develop practical screenwriting skills and techniques, and to apply them to writing briefs, together with the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of communicating ideas in script form.

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Overview

A distinctive feature is a fast-track core module, which will enable graduates in other fields to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting conventions, an understanding of common formats, and the ability to analyse a brief and evaluate one’s own writing within a commercial context. Armed with the core skills of the fast-track course, a subsequent module will develop your skills in writing a draft script in either film or television format.

Highlights 

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings.
  • Attain a high standard of screenwriting practice and a thorough understanding of how narrative works on screen. Graduates from other fields can achieve professional standards of practice and understanding of the industry. 
  • We have a state-of-the art cinema and exhibition spaces, all housed in a historic building that was a former home to key members of the Bloomsbury Group, including the author Virginia Woolf and the artist Vanessa Bell.
  • The School is also actively involved in a number of College-wide institutes specifically designed to foster work across disciplines at Birkbeck such as Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image.
  • The Department hosts a range of events including information eveningsfor prospective students; the annual Murray Lecture where speakers have included Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain, and Neil McGregor, director of the British Museum; and exhibitions and displays at the Peltz Gallery, the School of Arts' purpose-built exhibition space.

Careers and Employability

Graduates of the Screenwriting programme at Birkbeck, University of London go into careers in the creative industries, such as screenwriting, script editing and collaborating with readers/directors/producers/co-writers. Possible professions include screenwriter, creative writer, or higher education lecturer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a script writer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic 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. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered.
  • Applications are encouraged from those with or without prior screenwriting experience.
  • In addition to our online application, you will need to complete and submit an entrance task.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5075 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5075 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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