8 months
1432 USD/full
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Writing for Performance and the Entertainment Industries MicroMaster in collaboration with University of Cambridge - CambridgeX.

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The MicroMasters in Writing for Performance and the Entertainment Industries from University of Cambridge - CambridgeX offers both an experimental and industry-relevant opportunity to hone your skills as a dramatist or performance artist across many genres, as well as preparing you practically for engaging successfully with the film/TV /theatre/digital media and industries.

What you will learn

  • Specialised knowledge of histories, forms, and traditions of writing for performance and entertainment as well as the cultural contexts of innovative practitioners and practices within performance and entertainment.
  • A detailed understanding of key performance/entertainment components within the discipline, to include: ideational sources, body, space, image, sound, text, movement, environment
  • How to create effective structure within a scene, how to edit your scene, and think like a dramaturg/script editor; how to create effective character
  • Advanced awareness of the relevant market and distribution demands of entertainment industries
  • Developed advanced self-management skills to include working in planned and improvisatory ways, as well as the ability to anticipate and accommodate change, ambiguity, creative risk-taking, uncertainty and unfamiliarity

For those interested in continuing onto a full Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, this graduate level MicroMasters® offers the chance to experience the expertise of our dynamic world-class tutors, led by published playwrights Abigail Docherty and Fraser Grace, at a time and place to suit you. 

If accepted to the full program, following our normal application procedures, those who have studied the MicroMasters® in Writing for Performance and the Entertainment Industries will have completed 30 credits (15 ECTS) of the full 180 credit program.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Finding your Voice as a Playwright — Scenes, Themes, and Character
  • Writing successfully for the stage: structure, plot, and dialogue
  • Building your screenplay: the power of visual story-telling
  • Business success in the screen industries: how to pitch your script and self-produce
  • Digital platforms in performance: radio drama, podcasts, video games, YouTube, and other online platforms
  • Reconceiving space: installation and performance art
  • Stand up!: comedy writing and performance poetry
  • Capstone: Bringing it all together
  • Certificate & Credit Pathways

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

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30 alternative credits

Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters® program certificate may apply for admission to the Masters of Studies in Writing for Performance at the University of Cambridge and, if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count as a maximum of 30 credits towards the 180 credit degree.



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course is open to all, although we believe that you will get more from it if you are already involved, or hoping to be involved in writing and associated literary professions. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1432 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1432 USD for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
  • National

    1432 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1432 USD for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.


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