Projects may be for film or television and the Screenwriting 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.
- 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.
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- 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
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- 12 months
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- 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.
- 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.
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International15200 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA8350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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