This course provides students with a broad programme that develops their creative voice and writing style, while learning how to write step outlines, treatments and scripts for film, television and interactive media. 

With the breadth of content available to audiences across a wide array of platforms, there is a wealth of opportunity for talented writers to make a career in the creative sectors.

Programme Overview

This course is designed to teach students the platforms, audiences, genres, and writing skills that a professional screenwriter needs to have a successful career in the creative sectors.

Programme Facts

DURATION: 
2-years

MODE: 
Full-time

START:
September 2022

LOCATION:
Central Film School 

FUNDING:
Eligible for Tuition Fee Loan

UCAS CODE:
5N25

INSTITUTION CODE:
C34

VALIDATED BY:

Student Story

Sunsun

Our tutors know the industry, so they can share what to do and what not to do, tips and tricks on how to get along in the film industry. That is really going to help me.

Sunsun,

Practical Filmmaking

Course Outline

MODULES1&2

Module 1: Visual Storytelling In this module you will engage with moving image as a specifically visual medium; drawing on traditions of art, photography and theatre. This module will foreground the importance of narrative sequence, with emphasis on framing, staging, and syntagmatic storytelling.

Module 2: Screen Studies This module focuses on the study of films from multiple perspectives, including thematic, narrative structure, genre, ideology, and the relationship between style and technology. A number of critical responses to cinema – including genre study, auteur theory, and feminist critiques, will also be applied to featured titles both fiction and documentary.

MODULES3&4

Module 3: Introduction to Writing Drama This module focuses on analysing the origins of drama, and the different forms, media and elements of dramatic writing. Character, situation, conflict, action and theme are considered separately and illustrated via examples drawn from a range of media platforms.

Module 4: Writing Coverage This module aims to develop a professional critical eye in the assessment of a screenplay; and to provide you with the vocabulary and the tools for relevant analysis of a screenplay. You will be provided with the means to enhance your writing and narrative skills through advanced ‘writing coverage’ workshop activities.

MODULES5&6

Module 5: Genre Analysis This module will explore the codes, conventions and themes of various genres – via seminars, workshops, close textual analysis and student presentations, to see how these elements are applied to screenwriting.

Module 6: Writing Episodic Drama This module will examine the characteristics of episodic fiction on television and online platforms. The principles and conventions that inform TV and internet platforms are examined in this module for you to fully understand the specific format characteristics.

MODULES7&8

Module 7: Writing for Interactive Storytelling This module aims to develop your skills in approaching narrative design in a professional and pragmatic manner – to develop an understanding of how to make good art with limited time and budget, in a way that is respectful to your audience.

Module 8: Adaption for Screen This module aims to critically evaluate the theory and practice of interpretation and transposition, as key processes associated with adapting media for the screen.

MODULE9

Module 9: Major Feature Film Project
This module requires you to write and pitch a completed professional treatment, and to prepare you for writing a second draft screenplay. The overall aim for this module is to develop your skill set to:

▪ draft and write professional feature film treatments
▪ enhance your pitching and presentation skills to a professional level
▪ develop close textual analysis skills, to evaluate feature treatments and screenplay
▪ develop and apply feature film writing skills
▪ plan and self-manage independent writing weeks.

 

Course Outline

This course is designed to teach students the platforms, audiences, genres, and writing skills that a professional screenwriter needs to have a successful career in the creative sectors.

Modules

Visual Storytelling

In this module you will engage with moving image as a specifically visual medium; drawing on traditions of art, photography and theatre. This module will foreground the importance of narrative sequence, with emphasis on framing, staging, and syntagmatic storytelling.

 

Screen Studies

This module focuses on the study of films from multiple perspectives, including thematic, narrative structure, genre, ideology, and the relationship between style and technology. A number of critical responses to cinema – including genre study, auteur theory, and feminist critiques, will also be applied to featured titles both fiction and documentary.

 

Introduction to Writing Drama 

This module focuses on analysing the origins of drama, and the different forms, media and elements of dramatic writing. Character, situation, conflict, action and theme are considered separately and illustrated via examples drawn from a range of media platforms. 

 

Writing Coverage 

This module aims to develop a professional critical eye in the assessment of a screenplay; and to provide you with the vocabulary and the tools for relevant analysis of a screenplay. You will be provided with the means to enhance your writing and narrative skills through advanced ‘writing coverage’ workshop activities.

 

Genre Analysis 

This module will explore the codes, conventions and themes of various genres – via seminars, workshops, close textual analysis and student presentations, to see how these elements are applied to screenwriting. 

Modules

Writing Episodic Drama 

This module will examine the characteristics of episodic fiction on television and online platforms. The principles and conventions that inform TV and internet platforms are examined in this module for you to fully understand the specific format characteristics. 

 

Writing for Interactive Storytelling 

This module aims to develop your skills in approaching narrative design in a professional and pragmatic manner – to develop an understanding of how to make good art with limited time and budget, in a way that is respectful to your audience. 

 

Adaptation for the Screen 

This module aims to critically evaluate the theory and practice of interpretation and transposition, as key processes associated with adapting media for the screen.

 

Major Feature Film Project 

This module requires you to write and pitch a completed professional treatment, and to prepare you for writing a second draft screenplay. The overall aim for this module is to develop your skill set to:

▪ draft and write professional feature film treatments 

▪ enhance your pitching and presentation skills to a professional level 

▪ develop close textual analysis skills, to evaluate feature treatments and screenplay 

▪ develop and apply feature film writing skills 

▪ plan and self-manage independent writing weeks. 

Skills for the Screen

Storytelling

Episodic Fiction

Writing Drama

Adaption for Screen

Script Development

Feature Film Scriptwriting

Entry Requirements

Are you an International student?

Fees

Understanding the costs and financing options open to you as you plan your studies will help you to make a wise investment in your future career.

Home

Year 1: £11,100

Year 2: £11,100

(£22,200 / DEGREE) 

International

Year 1: £20,750

Year 2: £20,750

(£41,500 / DEGREE) 

Actors costs, shooting kit and Production budgets for module exercises.

of up to £11,100. EU students may also apply for funding from their country of domicile where applicable

Including scholarships for International Students.

You will also need a Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.

Our Tutors

Martin Bray

As a core tutor at the Central Film School specialising in cinematography, I can share the experience I have gained on projects with the BBC and Channel Four, along with insights gained from a long relationship with Ridley Scott Associates

Martin Bray

Careers

Students who graduate from this programme may pursue a career as a writer, editor or reader for film, TV, games, online content and print. Graduates can also opt to pursue a career in a different creative writing specialism and may also choose to study at postgraduate level.

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?