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MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media


Royal Central School of Speech & Drama    Graduate School

Full time & Part time October MA, Other MA: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. MFA: 2 years full-time

About the course

The MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media offers a vocational training in writing drama across a range of different media contexts. 

Both the MA and MFA courses provide the opportunity for you to develop the core competencies and skills of the dramatist, to explore your ‘voice’, to develop your confidence in your own writing and to understand the different media contexts within which you might work as a professional scriptwriter. 

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Entry Requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in the broad field of literary and/or performance and drama studies; or a first degree and sufficient experience of either writing or drama practice; or have appropriate professional experience; or can otherwise demonstrate your potential to undertake this form of postgraduate study successfully. An offer will normally only be made after interview.

An MFA top-up year for those with an existing MA in writing for dramatic media is available. During this year writers will produce two ‘calling card’ scripts and a professional development portfolio.


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Student Profile(s)

Katherine Soper, Graduated 2014, her play Wish List, won the Bruntwood Prize and premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre before transferring to the Royal Court.

It’s safe to say that without Central’s support I would never have written Wish List. Having that year gave me the space to experiment with my writing without feeling exposed, and helped me be disciplined about elements like plot structure and dramatic action that I’d previously found difficult to navigate on my own.

Scholarships

This Bursary fund was created by a group of generous individuals during Central’s Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020. The Big Give is the UK’s largest online matched-funding programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

Home/ EU/ Overseas

Application Procedure

All eligible applicants holding an offer onto a course by 26th April 2021 will be contacted with details on how to apply. Applicants will need to demonstrate their financial need, commitment to the course and state what the funds will be used for.


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Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

Home/ EU/ Overseas

Application Procedure

Applicants interested in this Scholarship must be holding an offer for a relevant course by 26 April 2021. All applicants holding offers by this date will be invited to apply on 30 April 2021 and will be sent an email with guidance notes and a link to the online application form. In late August 2021, there will be a second call for applications for students made an offer of admission from 27 April to mid-August.


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There will be one undergraduate and one postgraduate Louis Mahoney Scholarship. Each Scholarship is valued at £5,000 and is for living costs. The Undergraduate Scholarship will be paid out in equal parts throughout the three-year period.   

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

Home/ELQ students who identify as Black and Global Majority.

Application Procedure

Applicants interested in this Scholarship must be holding an offer for a relevant course by 26 April 2021. All applicants holding offers by this date will be invited to apply on the 30 April and will be sent an email with information on how to apply as well as link to the online application form. 


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The Love Macdonald Bursary is for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

Home/ EU/ International students who are Care Leavers.

Application Procedure

Applicants interested in this Scholarship must be holding an offer for a relevant course by 26 April 2021. All applicants holding offers by this date will be invited to apply on 30 April 2021 and will be sent an email with guidance notes and a link to the online application form.


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This major scholarship has been made possible by The Mackintosh Foundation. Recipients will be incoming students on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses who demonstrate the potential for exceptional talent and also financial need.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10000

Eligibility

Home/EU/Overseas.

Application Procedure

All eligible applicants will be automatically considered for an award based on merit. You will be notified by email on 30 April 2021 if you have been nominated to go forward to the second stage of the Scholarship application. Those applicants will be sent an email with guidance notes a link to the online application form.


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This scholarship has been made possible by the Governors of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
There is a total of £150,000 in the fund. Awards will have a minimum value of £1,000 each. Undergraduate students will have funds paid directly to them for living expenses. Postgraduate students will have the funds allocated directly towards their tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

Home/Overseas/ ELQ.

Application Procedure

All eligible applicants will be automatically considered for an award based on merit. You will be notified by email on 30 April 2021 if you have been nominated to go forward to the second stage of the Scholarship application. Those applicants will be sent an email with guidance notes a link to the online application form. In late August 2021, there will be a second call for applications for students made an offer of admission from 27 April to mid-August.


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Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

Home/EU/Overseas students who demonstrate financial need.

Application Procedure

Applicants interested in this Scholarship must be holding an offer for a relevant course by 26 April 2021. All applicants holding offers by this date will be invited to apply on 30 April 2021 and will be sent an email with guidance notes and a link to the online application form.


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Value of Scholarship(s)

4000

Eligibility

Home/EU/Overseas.

Application Procedure

Applicants interested in this Scholarship must be holding an offer for a relevant course by 26 April 2021. All applicants holding offers by this date will be invited to apply on 30 April 2021 and will be sent an email with guidance notes and a link to the online application form.


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