- MA Scriptwriting
- School of Creative Industries
- Campus or location
- Corsham Court
- Course length
- One year full time. Part time available.
We’re looking for individuals with either a good first degree or a thorough professional training in acting, theatre, television or film.
Please contact our admissions team for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An intensive, practical course designed to produce professional writers and compelling scripts.
- Learn through weekend workshops at Corsham Court campus.
- Taught by acclaimed industry professionals – working practitioners who continue to love what they do.
- You'll craft a practical project, which leads to a showcase presentation.
Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.
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
What you'll learn
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 hear from 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 be encouraged to engage with the local creative community, with access to the production resources of the University, to realise your own radio, theatre and film projects.
Learn the key components of scriptwriting, 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.
Develop your professional writing career. Learn to prepare proposal documents, pitch ideas, and make connections in the industry.
An in-depth course in writing for film and television. You’ll prepare a single script for either medium.
Write and produce a finished 15-minute piece in any narrative media (radio, short film, theatre), for public presentation.
Prepare a calling card script in the medium of your choice, taken to the highest professional standard.
This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document for full details on which modules are core, required or optional.
- Dramatic Structure
- Theatre and Radio Workshop
- Professional Skills
- Screenwriting Workshop
- Final Script (Double Module).
How will I be assessed?
You’ll be assessed by coursework and practical presentation. In the first two trimesters, work will be assessed as works 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 speakers from the industry.
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. Graduates 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.
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 New Venture's 10 Minute Play Competition.
Tom Parfitt was selected as one of 12 successful writers now included in a young writer's "pool" at Hollyoaks.
Richard Sheridan’s play "Odd Shaped Balls" received five-star reviews and was 18th 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".
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
The course is taught across weekend seminars at Corsham Court.
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.
Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.
UK students full time
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UK students part time
Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.
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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?
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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.
Start reading and viewing. Keep a notebook. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm.
Want to apply for this year?
Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.
Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.
Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.