The MA Scriptwriting (Screen and Radio) aims to provide the skills, knowledge and experience that prospective writers need to enter the industry with confidence. It combines theoretical, analytical and practical elements to develop writers’ understanding of the sources and stimuli that inspire their own scripts, as well as aiding in the development of their personal voices. The MA Scriptwriting (Screen and Radio) has been developed in line with Skillset criteria, encouraging training and education that supports the creativity, productivity and effectiveness of the UK’s media industries.
You will study various ways to structure narrative fiction for film, television and radio. You will also study aspects of character and characterisation, and examine the use of a number of scriptwriting techniques to enhance your own writing. In the second semester you will embark upon a project of independent research, to understand the conventions by which your chosen genre operates, and to discover ways in which to apply or adapt your findings to your own work. You will complete the course with a portfolio of scriptwriting within your chosen medium and genre, mentored by a member of staff. The aim is to ensure that each student graduates with a compelling script and related documents, written to a professional standard.
Why study the MA Scriptwriting at Aberystwyth?
*Teachers with a diverse range of experience as scriptwriters, including 10 years of writing for teen soap Hollyoaks *A strong emphasis on the structure of well-told stories across a variety of media, including film, television and radio and the web *Independent, in-depth research into a chosen genre *The creation of a portfolio of work, including scripts and related material, that students can use as a calling card within the industry
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The MA in Screenwriting for me was a creative journey that led me on a path of discovery about what kinds of creative practice I might want to pursue. Within the course itself the expertise of some of the most well known academics and scriptwriters in this field was combined with a programme that balances theory and practice in the most sophisticated way. The course is structured to give a solid grounding in the different scriptwriting structures and then students get to undertake a research project which enables them to specialize in a chosen genre. I chose to focus on contemporary horror feature films and through the project have developed industry contacts that I would have lacked the confidence to develop on my own. As a result of this creative journey and the increase in confidence that the course has given me I continue to write horror films of feature length as well as working on a trilogy of novels that combine the fantasy genre with a semi-biographical narrative. I am also working to start my own business creating lifelike baby dolls for doll collectors as well as for use in film and television in place of a real infant. The help that I have received from the department’s spinout programme has been invaluable in this endeavor. I am also hoping to work in conjunction with the horror festival Abertoir in the near future. I would highly recommend the scriptwriting course at Aberystwyth to anyone who has a passion for creativity and wishes to undertake a course that will give them the tools they need to make a career from those creations. All students on the course emerge with a portfolio of writing which has been crafted to a professional standard closely supervised by academics and professional scriptwriters. Aberystwyth itself is a truly inspiring place, the Castle and Old College are both popular inspiring settings for horror stories, not to mention the wealth of folktales and local legends. This is a course that suits the academic, the creative writer and someone who just loves a challenge. I think this last certainly applies to myself.
Having already completed my undergraduate degree at Aberystwyth University I was impressed by the knowledge of the staff who have extensive experience of working as writers in the broadcasting industry. I felt I could learn much more from them by continuing as an MA student and I really can't recommend Aberystwyth enough; studying by the sea never lost its appeal to me and something about the place allowed me to forget distractions and focus on writing.
After successfully completing my MA in Scriptwriting at Aberystwyth, I submitted the work I had produced as part of the MA to the BBC, receiving an invitation to submit further examples of my work in the future. I also entered the very competitive Sir Peter Ustinov Scriptwriting competition (run by the International Emmy awards) and was placed in the final 10 entries! I have since secured employment as a copywriter in marketing within the education sector, something which I might not have achieved without gaining the MA at Aberystwyth.
Aberystwyth International Excellence Scholarships
Up to 100 scholarships worth £2000 from tuition fees of full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2013. This will be an open competition (i.e. no departmental or faculty quotas) Separate application forms will not be required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place [see http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/web/apply.htm] be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2013. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/Comparability.html. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award) or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards and the 10% Aber-grad Discount. Scholarships cannot be deferred to future intakes. This scholarship scheme is subject to annual review.
Value of Scholarship(s)
£2000 towards tuition fees
Non-EU applicants only. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or overseas equivalent, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university). In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31 July 2013
Separate application forms will not be required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place [see http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/web/apply.htm] be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2013.
Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.
Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.
International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship
The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.
Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest.