Designed to allow you to study from anywhere in the world, this online, part time MA Screenwriting course develops and nurtures screenwriters and prepares them for the professional film and television industries. This course provides students with a specialised programme that enhances their creative voice and writing style.​

The aim is to advance graduates’ sensibilities in creative collaboration, and advanced skills in scriptwriting. The course prepares individuals to engage confidently with, and challenge, the fast-changing media landscape. Collaborative projects and research will help you meet the film and television industry professional standards and understand the cultural and industrial needs of your chosen sector.

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: 
Part-time Online

START:
September 2021

LOCATION:
Central Film School 

FUNDING:
Eligible for Master’s Loan

AWARDING BODY:
subject to validation

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

SCREEN STUDIES WITH GENRE

MODULE1

This module will allow you to critically evaluate genre writing for film and television through various lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also focus on how new technologies and a changing media environment affect the creativity and delivery for contemporary film and television industries.

STRUCTURE AND NARRATIVE

MODULE2

You will understand the industry recognised forms and elements required for developing and writing screenplays for film and television  such as various appropriate formatting, multiple act structures and narrative form. 

CONTEXTUAL STUDIES: WORLD CINEMA

MODULE3

You will analyze the non-Western filmed works and how these screenwriters and filmmakers developed their influences.

TREATMENT AND OUTLINE

MODULE4

You will understand the industry recognised forms and elements required for developing and writing screenplays with reference to understanding and developing treatments and outlines as screenwriting structural forms.

MAJOR FILM PROJECT 1

MODULE4

This module will allow you to critically develop your major screenwriting project for film and television through various lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

MAJOR FILM PROJECT 2

MODULE4

This module will allow you to critically develop your major screenwriting project for film and television through various lectures, seminars and tutorials.   The module will develop your ability to continue processing your creative work to completion and also develop the materials needed to take  creative work to market. It will also further foster your critical  engagement with and analysis of the development of feature film screenwriting; to provide a solid understanding of the dramatic structures for features; and the means to further enhance your writing and narrative plotting.

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

Screen Studies and Genre

This module will allow you to critically evaluate genre writing for film and television through various lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also focus on how new technologies and a changing media environment affect the creativity and delivery for contemporary film and television industries.

 

Structure and Narrative

You will understand the industry recognised forms and elements required for developing and writing screenplays for film and television  such as various appropriate formatting, multiple act structures and narrative form.  

 

Contextual Studies: World Cinema

You will analyse the non-Western filmed works and how these screenwriters and filmmakers developed their influences.

Module

Treatment and Outline

You will understand the industry recognised forms and elements required for developing and writing screenplays with reference to understanding and developing treatments and outlines as screenwriting structural forms.

 

Major Project 1

This module will allow you to critically develop your major screenwriting project for film and television through various lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

 

Major Project 2

This module will allow you to critically develop your major screenwriting project for film and television through various lectures, seminars and tutorials.

 

The module will develop your ability to continue processing your creative work to completion and also develop the materials needed to take  creative work to market.

It will also further foster your critical  engagement with and analysis of the development of feature film screenwriting; to provide a solid understanding of the dramatic structures for features; and the means to further enhance your writing and narrative plotting.

Skills for Screen

Critical Thinking

Narrative

Pitching & Marketing

Feature Film Scriptwriting

Analysis

Script Development

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

£5,200 per year

(£10,400 / TAUGHT MA) 

International

£8,975 per year

(£17,950 / TAUGHT MA)

of up to £11,222. EU students should apply for funding from their country of domicile where applicable

Including scholarships for International Students.

You will need access to the internet and a laptop with screenwriting software

Careers

The course will help you become an adaptive thinker, a creator and a supportive contributing team player joining the next generation of filmmakers. Typical career destinations of MA Screenwriting graduates within the Television, Film and Theatre industries include: Screenwriter or Scriptwriter, a Script Reader or Editor, a Story Liner or Story Producer, a Drama Development Executive, Assistant, Editor or Producer, or a Film Critic.


Graduates can also seek work outside of the Film, Television and Theatre sector and work in Journalism, Video Games narrative design and as a Podcast Content Creator.

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

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