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MA Screenwriting

Course Description

The programme is led by experienced filmmaking practitioners, including directors, writers, producers, editors, and post-production picture and sound specialists. Each student on the programme will complete a portfolio of filmmaking projects, plus a final Masters research or production project.

Storytelling lies at the heart of this programme, where students will learn how to turn their stories and ideas into viable screenplays as the all-important template for film, television and online content. Students will study and practice the rigorous craft of screenwriting, including story structure, scene development, characterization, dialogue and genre. Each student will have their written work read and performed by professional actors, and have the chance to have their work directed and produced by students on the programme.

Students on this course will focus on both craft and creativity in the development of several script projects that demonstrate professional screenwriting practice, an awareness of market needs, and a distinctive writing style. Through self-directed work, peer review and collaborative workshops, students will acquire a variety of professional skills required of screenwriters in today’s industry, including creative development practice, writing industry standard documents, the business of being a professional screenwriter, and the importance of being able to win over the audience with a winning pitch.

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

- Demonstrate critical awareness of the key conventions of screenwriting and an advanced understanding of the relationship between the written script and completed film
- Display the creative and technical skills required to develop a filmic idea from concept through to a finished screenplay with an emphasis on and original voice and market considerations
- Demonstrate a professional approach to screenwriting and an advanced understanding of the importance of collaboration between writers, directors and producers
- Apply core screenwriting skills at an advanced level across a variety of moving image platforms
- Apply an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the language, practice and business of film, television and new media, and demonstrate an ability to innovate in these areas with awareness of local and global industries
- Develop the industry relevant knowledge and practical skills needed to work professionally in today’s film, television or new media industries
- Facilitate the development of craft, creative, conceptual and professional skills for continuous professional development
- Demonstrate a pro-active, self-directed and high-level approach to learning and practice

Entry on to this programme is competitive, therefore you are strongly advised to apply well in advance of the course start date in order for us to process your application in a timely manner.

The Met Film School is London's leading provider of practical filmmaking courses, based in Ealing Studios.

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

(Student Profile)

Josh Bregman

2111.jpg "Film School gave me an environment where I could work on my ideas.
I know more about the kinds of films I want to make now, and I know a lot more about the industry than I did."

(Student Profile)

MA Filmmaking Graduate

"The MA was a truly formative and professional program that elicited a range of skills that I had previously experimented with, but did not fully realize. With the hands-on and practical nature of the course and the challenge of producing real content through productions and exercises, I was able to express completely my filmic palette and get regular feedback on my ideas and the quality of my work. Through this experience, I created a body of work which I was proud of and ultimately could showcase my range and ambition. It was a program that pushed me on all levels."


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have an honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

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