Key facts

Award
MA Scriptwriting
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Corsham Court
Course length
One year full-time from October to September; Some students may be accepted to do the course part-time over two years.

Entry requirements

We’re looking for individuals with either a good first degree or a thorough professional training in acting, theatre, television, or film. We do accept individuals on the basis of equivalent life experience.

An intensive, practical course designed to produce professional writers and compelling scripts.

  • Weekend workshops at Corsham Court campus.
  • Taught by acclaimed industry professionals – working practitioners who continue to love what they do.
  • Practical project leading to a showcase presentation.

Take your writing to the highest level, and develop clear strategies for professional success. With a combination of expert guidance and peer-group workshopping, we encourage you to develop your unique voice while meeting the demands of a highly competitive industry.

We cover all media, including theatre, radio, film and television, and offer extensive training in professional skills. By the end of the course, you’ll have a comprehensive portfolio of original work, a finished script to professional standards, industry connections and a fully realised showcase presentation.

“I finished three full scripts during my MA, and have seen my work performed in an international theatre festival, in regional theatres, in a pub cellar, and online.”

Kirsten Stoddart, MA Scriptwriting 2013

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll hone your writing for performance skills, while also acquiring the necessary professional knowledge needed to negotiate the industry.

Alongside completing a minimum of three polished scripts for theatre, radio and TV/film, you’ll meet scriptwriting agents and industry specialists and learn how best to pitch your work in a highly competitive field.

We recognise the importance of equipping you, as a scriptwriter, with the knowledge of how to produce your work. You’ll have the opportunity to record your own radio plays, stage your theatre pieces and shoot and edit your TV/Film projects within our supportive environment. 

Modules

Craft
The key components, including structure, characterisation, visual storytelling and dialogue.

Writing for Theatre and Radio
A comprehensive guide to writing for these important media. You’ll prepare a script for each.

Professional Skills
Develop your professional writing career. Learn to prepare proposal documents, to pitch ideas, and to make connections in the industry.

Screenwriting
An in-depth course in writing for film and television. You’ll prepare a single script for either medium.

Showcase Presentation
Write and produce a finished 15 minute piece in any narrative media (radio, short film, theatre), for public presentation.

Final Script
Prepare a calling card script in the medium of your choice, taken to the highest professional standard.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed by coursework and practical presentation. In the first two trimesters work will be assessed as work in progress. Your final assessment is based on three assignments: a final script (60%); a practical realisation of your work (30%); and a pitch (10%).

How will I be taught?

The course is modular and can be undertaken as either full or part-time study. Part-time students take the Dramatic Structure and Writing for the Screen modules in their first year and Theatre and Radio, Professional Skills and Final Script in their second year.

Modules are taught over three weekends of intensive tutor-led workshops.

In the Professional Skills module, a tutor will guide you through the workshops while also introducing a range of visiting guest speakers, script editors, producers and agents.

Opportunities

Careers

Many of our graduates succeed with their career goals. Some have careers as professional Scriptwriters while others work in script editing, theatre and film criticism or education.

Our students have gone on to have their work produced and some have even managed to do this while still completing their MA. Others have found work within the script departments of TV/film and theatre companies while others work as script readers, theatre/film reviewers and as creative writing tutors.

Success stories

Cannes Film Festival
Brittany McComas’s short film was accepted for the Cannes Film Festival 2016.

Plymouth Theatre Royal
Oliver Gamblin had his short play 'Gone Fishing', selected to be produced as part of Plymouth Fringe Festival.

New Venture Theatre
Stephen Connolly was one of eight winners of the New Ventures 10 minute play competition.

Channel 4
Tom Parfitt was selected as one of 12 successful writers now included in a young writer's ‘pool’ at Hollyoaks.

Edinburgh Fringe
Richard Sheridan’s play ‘Odd Shaped Balls’ received 5 star reviews and was placed in 18th place in the ranking of over 1200 shows at the fringe in 2014.

Glastonbury Five Day Film Challenge
Rachel Whitelock a graduate in MA Scriptwriting won Best Film, Best Script and People's Choice in the Glastonbury Five Day Film Challenge. Rachel wrote and directed the short film ‘Toast’.

Lecture series

You’ll be able to attend relevant seminars and lectures at Corsham Court and Newton Park. The 2015/16 lecture series included presentations by Lord Puttnam and leading story developers from Pixar and the BBC.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught across weekend seminars in Corsham Court.

Resources

You'll have access to:

  • technical facilities at Newton Park including cameras, lighting and sound equipment, studio and post production;
  • theatre Lab – a monthly opportunity to share your work with actors.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £7,000
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £13,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals with either a good first degree or a thorough professional training in acting, theatre, television, or film. We do accept individuals on the basis of equivalent life experience.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We ask you to submit a twenty page script sample with your application form, this can be written for any medium.

We’re looking for potential, but we like to see some polish too. Do you have what it takes to develop fresh, intriguing and original ideas? Can you take notes and rewrite? Show us some work, and let’s talk about it.

Get ahead

Start reading and viewing. Keep a notebook. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Ursula Sarma