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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    UK/EU (2018 entry): £7,000, NON-EU: £13,500
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

Our MA in Scriptwriting is an intensive, practical course designed to produce professional writers and compelling scripts. It will take your writing to the highest level, and allow you to 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.

COURSE STRUCTURE

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

In Dramatic Structure, you’ll learn the key components of a script, including structure, characterisation, visual storytelling and dialogue.

Writing for Theatre and Radio is a comprehensive guide to writing for these important media.

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

Writing for the Screen is an in-depth course in writing for film and television.

In Final Script, you’ll prepare a calling card script in the medium of your choice. You’ll also complete your Showcase presentation where you’ll write and produce a finished 15 minute piece in any narrative media for public presentation.

Please note modules are subject to change. For more information on previous years modules you can view the course handbook via our website.

TEACHING METHODS

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.

ASSESSMENT

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%).

For more information on assessment please visit our website.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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.


Visit the MA Scriptwriting page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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