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Screenwriting (Part-Time)

Birkbeck, University of London

M.A. On Campus
24 months
Duration
7600 GBP/year
4175 GBP/year
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The MA in Screenwriting (Part-Time) at Birkbeck, University of London offers an integrated programme in the history, theory and practice of screenwriting. It will develop practical screenwriting skills and techniques, with students developing outlines, treatments and scripts towards a portfolio of original projects.

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Overview

Projects may be for film or television and the Screenwriting (Part-Time) programme at Birkbeck, University of London  will encourage you to write in different genres, and expect you to rewrite draft scripts with feedback and tutor support.

One distinctive feature of the programme is the fast-track core module which will allow all students enrolling on the course, including graduates in other fields, to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting theories, conventions and formats, and develop the ability to apply these to writing practice. 

Subsequent modules will deepen writing skills and knowledge of screenwriting with assignments of increasing length designed to meet industry requirements, such as feature film script and television series writing, and you will also study the discourse and practices of screenwriting.

Central to the programme is examining how the industry works, and to this end there are six autumn industry talks with guest speakers, and a four-day summer school, which focuses on the writer working in the industry, and includes pitching and storytelling workshops, as well as guest speakers.

Highlights

  • Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
  • Graduates in 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 evenings for 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.
  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

Careers and Employability

Graduates 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.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Fast Track to Screenwriting
  • Final Project MA Screenwriting
  • History and Theory of Screenwriting
  • Scriptwriting in Different Genres
  • Writing a Draft Script
  • Developing a Feature Film Script
  • Developing a TV Series

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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

Credits

180 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

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

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.

As part of the application process, applicants are required to complete an entrance task by submitting the following:

  • Part 1: The opening ten pages of script for a film or TV drama 
  • Part 2: A four-page feature film treatment 
  • Part 3: Three pieces of creative text, one each from either: a short story of approximately four pages; an extract from a novel (ten pages); an article; or two pages of poetry.

After review of the application and entrance task, the admissions tutors will invite candidates to attend an interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4175 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4175 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.

Funding

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Updated over a year ago

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Screenwriting (Part-Time)
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Birkbeck, University of London

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