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MA Screenwriting


Course Description

The LFS MA Screenwriting course is an intense one-year programme with the emphasis on developing the writer's original voice through small group and one-to-one mentoring from industry professionals.

Our most recent Annual Report for the MA Screenwriting from External Examiner Max Kinnings commented: “...the standards of student performance are at the very top end of the scale of similar programmes in the UK. The MA in Screenwriting at LFS is an impressive programme. The quality of work that is produced is of a very high standard with some truly outstanding screenwriting and critical commentaries being produced. The way that the course is structured over the three terms – or units – is both academically rigorous and also industry facing.” (sic)

The MA Screenwriting course focuses on feature film screenwriting, in an international context and benefits from taking place in a film school where writing is a collaborative process involving actors, directors, musicians, editors and producers. Each student is matched into a mentoring relationship with a working writer and has frequent and detailed meetings with them. You can read more on the MA Screenwriting course curriculum here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/ma-screenwriting/curriculum

Minimum qualifications for an application to be considered are a three year university degree or equivalent professional experience in a relevant area. You may already have been working in a writing environment, though not necessarily in film. We actively support applicants who have a commitment to screenwriting and want to expand their skills and understanding. We are happy to take the right experience as equivalent to a first degree.

The need to follow and understand the intensive course of lectures, and the high pressure of group work make it imperative that all students must have a satisfactory knowledge of the English language. Read the requirements here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/ma-screenwriting/admissions/admission-requirements

The London Film School

Since 1956 the school has trained thousands of directors, cinematographers, editors and other film professionals now working across the globe. It is the most truly international school anywhere, with at least 60% of its students from outside Great Britain.
We have thousands of high profile alumni - http://lfs.org.uk/films-filmmakers/associates-london-film-school-alfs, including Michael Mann, Mike Leigh, Duncan Jones, Tak Fujimoto, Franc Roddam, Mark Goldblatt, Bill Douglas, Ho Yim, Anne Hui, Oliver Hermanus and Danny Huston.

LFS is based in Covent Garden two minutes’ walk from Soho, centre of the European entertainment industry. It is one of only three institutions accredited as a Creative Skillset Film Academy, recognised by the UK industry body as a Centre of Excellence.

We teach filmmaking, on stages, and in workshops rather than in classrooms - the building functions as a working studio. LFS is a living creative film community. The school is an independent non-profit establishment run by passionate and experienced filmmakers; full-time faculty and a varied and hugely talented group of visiting lecturers, technicians and artists.

Please get in touch for more information about our MA programmes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, International Film Business, the Doctoral Programmes, as well as our expanding range of continuing professional development courses.

We have three intakes a year on May, September and January. We are currently operating a rolling process but please do apply as soon as you can for any intake. You can read more about the admissions process and deadlines here.

VISIT US

Choosing a film school is a big decision; you may want to visit us or talk to a student or a graduate. We have open afternoons every other Thursday during term time and we can show you around – please click here to sign up for a place - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/book-tour. If you cannot attend any of those days, please do get in touch on to schedule an alternative time; our students are our priorities and as such the working studios are their space.

‘The beauty of a good film school is that it invites you to make mistakes, but never dampens your enthusiasm. At LFS I made plenty, and ignited a passion.’ Duncan Jones, Director of MOON (2009), SOURCE CODE (2011), WARCRAFT (2016)

Further Information

On our website you can view testimonials from recent LFS graduates (http://lfs.org.uk/films-and-filmmakers/testimonials), and we can put you in touch with one from your country. One recent alumni said of his experience: “I always speak very highly of the Screenwriting MA at LFS when prospective students email me. I learnt so much there and have it to thank for a lot, so thanks!” Ben Cleary, MA Screenwriting, 2016 Shorts Film Oscar Nominee for STUTTERER

Visit the MA Screenwriting page on the The London Film School website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Duncan Jones

The beauty of a good film school is that it invites you to make mistakes, but never dampens your enthusiasm. At LFS I made plenty, and ignited a passion.

(Student Profile)

Mike Leigh OBE

As Chairman of The London Film School one of the great joys in my life is to savour regularly the unfettered independence, freshness and originality of our graduate films - pure, independent cinema by the filmmakers of the future (BAFTA Fellowship acceptance speech).


(Scholarship)

Leverhulme Arts Scholarships - 4 Awards

These awards will be available for the terms starting in September 2016. The Leverhulme Trust is funding LFS to provide a limited number of scholarships to people wishing to apply for the MA Filmmaking & MA Screenwriting courses starting in September 2016 and for continuing students in the second year of the course with exceptional talent, facing changing political/personal circumstances who would not otherwise be able to complete their studies without financial assistance. The Scholarship Fund will provide support for 4 applicants, 2 from each MA course, and is managed by The London Film School Bursary Fund Panel; the Panel decides on both types of awards based on the quality of the original application, progress to date, and financial need.
You can read about funding opportunities on our website here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/financial-support where opportunities are divided into global territories, so you can easily search for support that is available to you.A useful site to look at is The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online which is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - who can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. Prospective students and applicants can register with a PIN and their email address.
The PIN to register is 1956 and should be entered at http://www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000/year max

Eligibility

Award is available for students iwith exceptional talent, facing changing political/personal circumstances who would not otherwise be able to complete their studies without financial assistance

Application Procedure

Please see LFS website for more details.

Further Information

http://lfs.org.uk/content/lfs-leverhulme-scholarships


(Scholarship)

BAFTA's Scholarships Programme - No. of awards TBC

BAFTA's Scholarships Programme awards students in need of financial assistance to take a postgraduate course related to a career in film, television or games and is part of their New Talent Pyramid. The London Film School MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting programmes qualify for the BAFTA Scholarships.Each scholarship will provide up to £10,000 to cover one year's course fees, an industry mentor, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK for a year. Applicants are also considered for one of three Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros., which additionally provides a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies and access to additional Warner Bros. mentors. In return, scholarship recipients are required to contribute to the BAFTA Guru online learning channel and take part in BAFTA's outreach activity to young people. The scholarships are available to UK nationals. If you are a non-EU citizen and have officially confirmed UK residency status you can apply for a scholarship, but you will be required to supply confirmation from the Home Office of your residency status. Citizens of other EU countries are not eligible to apply.Students who have previously received a scholarship for the first year of a two-year course will be considered for a scholarship for their second year.
You can read about funding opportunities on our website here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/financial-support where opportunities are divided into global territories, so you can easily search for support that is available to you.A useful site to look at is The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online which is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - who can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. Prospective students and applicants can register with a PIN and their email address.
The PIN to register is 1956 and should be entered at http://www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

The scholarships are available to UK nationals. If you are a non-EU citizen and have officially confirmed UK residency status you can apply for a scholarship, but you will be required to supply confirmation from the Home Office of your residency status. Citizens of other EU countries are not eligible to apply.Students who have previously received a scholarship for the first year of a two-year course will be considered for a scholarship for their second year.

Application Procedure

Please complete and submit the online application form - https://apply.bafta.org/entrant/index.php, along with any supplementary pages by the deadline once it is announced. BAFTA have provided a brief FAQ page here: http://lfs.org.uk/sites/default/files/scholarshipfaqs2015.pdf



Entry Requirements

Three year university degree or equivalent professional experience in a relevant area. The need to follow and understand the intensive course of lectures, and the high pressure of group work make it imperative that all students must have a satisfactory knowledge of the English language. See the LFS website for full details.

Last Updated

03 January 2017

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