ABOUT THE MA/MFA WRITING FOR STAGE AND BROADCAST MEDIA
The MA and MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media offers students vocational training in writing drama across a range of different media contexts. Although the primary focus is on writing for television, film, theatre and radio, Central also runs optional units in writing for new music theatre and, in collaboration with MA Applied Theatre, writing with and for communities. The course provides the opportunity for students to develop the core competencies and skills of the dramatist to explore their own ‘voice’ and develop their confidence as dramatists, and to appreciate the specific media contexts within which professional writers work.
Key features are: practice-based enquiry into techniques and processes for writing for stage and screen; a series of writing projects to engage with different styles and formats of production; associated study of writing techniques and issues of performance in relation to theatre, cinema, television and other relevant contexts.The MA and MFA are taught in group sessions and through individual tutorials. During these sessions participants will consider the fundamentals of dramatic writing. Indicatively, these will include structure, narrative, dramatic action, genre, character, dialogue and rhetorical effect.
Students will study different approaches to writing including individual authorship, group writing and writing to specific briefs. Students will attend masterclasses, seminars and workshops that focus on particular modes of writing for different production contexts, and will be part of a writers’ group, providing peer support in developing their writing. Their vocational work is complemented by individual research and appropriate theoretical discussion and enquiry. Students will address historical, theoretical and critical contexts within which traditions of dramatic writing have evolved.
Students will engage in a range of projects that test and develop their skills as a writer of drama. Indicatively, these will include forming a team of writers to evolve a television series, writing a short play script for a staged reading, writing a short film script, writing a radio play and developing and writing a complete dramatic script for production in a particular medium (stage, radio, television, music theatre, or film).
This is through peer assessment, practical assignments, essays, scheme of research, presentations, and the submission of a practitioner portfolio, including personal insights, research, the student’s own scripted material and a plan for professional development.
I was looking for an MA related to playwriting abroad, and I found Central through a friend who had already been accepted in other MA. I looked it up on Internet, and I found all the information I needed on the course, all the details, even the bibliographies. The course was exactly what I was looking for, a great balance between theory and practice, including activities and workshops with other MAs.
What is your educational/training background? I did an Acting BA at the University of Chile, and also a Theatrical Directing Diploma from La Memoria Theatrical Research Centre.
What is/was the best part of the course for you? One of the best parts of the course was getting a complete and up-to-date picture of what Theatre, Film and TV as formats are at the moment.
How is/has your experience at Central helped prepare you for the work/education you’re doing now? It gave me concrete skills for the every day work I do as a writer. I also had to face the challenge of writing dramatic pieces I hadn’t experimented before like Film and TV. I also got some great advice on how to face my career, in practical and personal terms, from my tutors and from visiting lecturers as well.
What skills and qualities are required for your course? Patience, persistence, to be open minded and passionate for theatre, film, TV and writing.
What is a typical study/working day for you?
Sitting in front of the computer at 9 and sending emails and sorting out other professional or practical things. I usually have more than one project going on at a time, so I start working n one at 10, until about 11.30. Switch to another project and work until around 13. Lunch from 13 to 14. Then work in any of the projects until around 16. Then read a play or another useful book, or watch a movie, before wrapping up at around 17.30-18.
How do you see your career developing? Thanks to the course, I have opened myself to a wider range of projects including Film and TV to areas I would like to work in.
Has Central lived up to your expectations? Absolutely. I was given a space to be heard, got to learn and share my work with classmates and teachers.
Embassy Postgraduate Scholarships
No. of awards TBC
The combined awards add up to a total of £100,000 in available support ranging across both Open Awards and Postgraduate Support Scheme Awards. Open Awards will range in value between £2,000 and £5,000 each, and Postgraduate Support Scheme Awards will be allocated in the amount of £10,000 each.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Between £2,000 and £5,000 each
Home/EU/Overseas – Open Awards, Home/EU* – Postgraduate Support Scheme (must have been a £9,000 tuition fee payer for an undergraduate degree at a UK institution).
Students interested in applying for an Embassy Postgraduate Scholarship must be holding an offer for an MA/MFA course by the deadline of 27 May 2016. All students holding offers by this date will be invited to apply for the Embassy Postgraduate Scholarships and will be sent an application form together with guidance notes.
Criteria for the awards are based on a combination of merit (promise/ability shown in application form and at audition/interview) and hardship.
For full information about eligibility criteria for these awards, please contact Central’s admissions office at [email protected].
You should normally have an undergraduate degree in the broad field of literary and/or performance and drama studies; or a first degree and sufficient experience of either writing or drama practice; or have appropriate professional experience; or can otherwise demonstrate your potential to undertake this form of postgraduate study successfully. An offer will normally only be made after interview.
Recipient: Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
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