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Screenwriting (MA)

Course Description

Create a portfolio of scripts, develop skills in writing, editing and project development and gain working knowledge of the film, television and digital fiction industries.

MA Screenwriting was launched at Edinburgh Napier in 2006 and has adapted and developed since to remain one of the strongest screenwriting Masters courses on offer in the UK. The degree is accredited by Creative Skillset and taught at Screen Academy Scotland - one of only three Creative Skillset Film Academies in the UK and the only one outside London.

While the course is primarily for aspiring screenwriters, it is also aimed at those interested in script editing, script development and creative producing.

Teaching staff are working screenwriters and producers and there are regular visits from professional writers, producers, directors and those working in script editing and development.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MA-Screenwriting-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

The course has developed a strong international profile, attracting a diverse range of students and as a student at Screen Academy Scotland you will be part of a large and thriving film community.

Collaboration is encouraged and our MA Screenwriters work closely with students on the MA Film programme as well as students at Edinburgh College of Art.

The course will develop skills in screenwriting, creativity, analytical thinking, academic writing, professional writing for film (script reports, coverage), editing and developmental skills.

In summary, the MA Screenwriting:
- takes a general approach across film, television and other media
- develops the core craft skills for screenwriting
- enhances script editing and story development skills
- places teaching and student work in an industry context
- introduces students to staff and industry guests working as writers, producers, directors and in script development at a high, professional level

The course is taught two days a week (currently Thursdays and Fridays). Part-time students attend classes on Thursdays in Year 1 and Fridays in Year 2.

Please visit the Screen Academy Scotland website for more details on our programmes, students and industry activities.

Subjects include

- Writing and Screen Project Development (craft skills)
- Business of Screen Project Development (industry context)
- Script Workshop 1 and 2 (practical screenwriting)
- Script to Screen (theory and critique)
- Interactive Media or Graphic Fiction
- Major Project (feature film or long form TV script)

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Our students have gone on to success in various competitions, winning the PAGE International Screenwriting Award for five years. Former graduates work as self-employed writers for television drama and have gone on to find agents. Others are working professionally in script development and production.

You can find more details on the Screen Academy Scotland website http://www.screenacademyscotland.ac.uk/

Visit the Screenwriting (MA) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in creative writing, journalism, filmmaking or drama in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

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