Join the UK’s first MA in writing professionally for three markets – film, TV and theatre.
This programme has been designed with the writer in mind: you attend five four-day intensive workshops over the period of 21 months, and spend the rest of your time writing when you like, where you like, with constant script guidance by professional working writers throughout. The four-day workshops run from Thursday to Sunday, minimising your commitment if you work full-time.
•Become a member of a small and supportive group of ongoing active writers •Watch your work being performed by actors •Enjoy free London theatre visits •Analyse and discuss nightly film screenings •Produce high-standard scripts honed and ready for the professional market •Direct peformances of your scripts in our own Marylebone Theatre •Indulge yourself in two years of pure writing as you develop a second career in film, TV or theatre •Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.
Why should I choose this programme?
Have you ever dreamt of writing the next major cinema release or a gripping new drama series for the BBC, Channel 4 or Netflix?
Can you imagine seeing your own play on stage in one of London’s 60+ theatres?
Or you create a work that starts small but grabs someone’s attention, and grows to become the next commercial screen or theatre attraction?
Perhaps your ambition is to adapt your favourite novel or short story for the screen or stage, and see it performed?
All these are possible. Many classic and famous stage and screen works were dreamt up and written by people with no prior experience of writing scripts, and even no ambition to do so, and many works started on a small stage or screen, and got spotted, picked up and became international hits.
This MA gives you all the tools and tuition you need to join those writers whose work we watch and hear daily on TV, in the cinema, on stage and on radio.
Our intensive programme of ongoing distance tuition combined with five four-day writing workshops on our beautiful Regent’s Park campus in central London, will do more than help you to achieve your Master’s degree: it will prepare you for professional commissions and script sales.
The script is the cornerstone of television and film production. No budget is raised, no actor commits, no director is hired, no studios or locations booked, no crews or stage staff employed without it. From idea to the point of the final script, all productions start from it.
Key skills, aims and objectives
You will develop transferable script writing skills which can be deployed in all areas of origination and creative analysis and which will enhance you employment prospects in a very wide and varied industry – not only as a writer but also as a script editor, reader, developer, producer, director, agent or distributor.
This programme trains writers, script editors, developers, producers, directors, agents and distributors – because all require a first-hand understanding of the writer’s craft.
This course has been designed as the catalyst for a new career: our team of writers guide everything you do – the rest is up to you.
How to apply
Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.
•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school •One letter of academic reference •A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable. •A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study •A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page •One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at [email protected]) •If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency
Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.
Step 2 Making an offer
We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.
If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.
You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.
Step 3 Accepting the offer
If you wish to accept the offer you must:
•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person •Pay the registration fee (non-refundable) •Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable) •Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.
On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).