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Course content

The Diploma in Script Development is the only comprehensive vocational programme in script development in the UK.

-The world's first Diploma course in Script Development.
-Taught programme and practical development project with a screenwriter.
-Part-time, evening course.
-Access to new screenwriters.
-Regular Industry speakers.

COURSE OVERVIEW

A unique programme, the Diploma in Script Development is the only comprehensive vocational course in script development in the UK. This course offers a brilliant opportunity to grow the skills to develop for film and TV. It was launched in 2003 and has since trained some 150 people, most of which are successfully working in the UK or international film industry as developers for film and/or TV drama projects or as creative producers and a few are successfully writing drama.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

The NFTS want to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there….from all backgrounds. We are actively seeking to redress imbalances within the Industry by encouraging applications from under-represented groups, and have bursaries of £1500 on offer to 5 of the successful candidates. Bursaries will be awarded to stand out talent who can demonstrate that without this funding they would not be able to afford the course, or who can demonstrate they bring a unique and distinct perspective to the course.

CURRICULUM

The programme covers:
-Story and Genre Theory
-Script analysis and script report writing
-Assessing and developing screenwriting craft skills
-Negotiating development meetings
-Detailed story development practice
-Assessing treatments and other short documents
-Adaptations - including legal and copyright issues
-The Industrial environment - development in its context
-Guest speakers from the public sector, agents, lawyers, independent producers
-Europe and the role of international film festivals
-Distribution and Marketing

The Final Project
At the beginning of the summer term, students are paired with a new screenwriter for a Final Development Project. Over six months, the student and writer will work together through two drafts and two development meetings. This project is closely supervised and intended to be a useful and practical experience for both the developer and the writer.

Visit the Script Development - PGDip page on the National Film & Television School website for more details!

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