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MA Writing for Screen

Writing for Screen MA

Course overview

If writing the script for the next hit boxset or indie movie is your ambition, then our MA Writing for Screen course at UCA Farnham will give you the skills you need.

At a time when the rapid rise of streaming services is driving an increasing demand for content, our expert staff will guide you as you work on in-depth projects, developing your skills in classic narratives, art film and/or independent film.

You don’t need to have any training in screenwriting to join this course, but you will already be a keen writer.

As you study, we'll encourage you to push yourself, share ideas with your peers, learn from the work of successful screenwriters and consider how your ideas and writing style fit into different global markets.

*Course subject to validation

Length of study 1 year full-time
Campus Farnham
Entry requirements Honours degree and/or relevant work experience
Course entry options Sept 2021, Sept 2022
Course details

Course details

Screenwriting Workshop
You'll work in groups to read and discuss your scripts and ideas for a variety of platforms, listening to actors’ readings of your work and using this experience to improve the flow, intensity and quality of your writing.

Screenwriting Histories
You’ll explore the history of writing for the screen and how this relates to contemporary practice.

 

 

The Global Market for Screenwriting
Taught by experts, this module will give you a sense of what kind of content is sought-after in the market you’re aiming to write for.

Masterclass
In regular group workshops you will be encouraged to critique your own writing, articulate its intent to others and reflect on your creative approach. You will also be expected to read other students’ work and offer detailed feedback.

Final Major Project
For your final project you will write a complete script or several short pieces for online audiences. You’ll then format and prepare these to be sent to your first client/collaborator or brought to life in your first online project.

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students full-time - £10,400

  • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

  • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry, these will be uploaded here shortly. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

To support our students and alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Course specifications

 

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

On campus there are digital media suites with Macs and PCs with latest programmes for editing as well as general design work. There is also a modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

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Library, UCA Farnham

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Film & Media Centre, UCA Farnham

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Digital Media suite, UCA Farnham

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Library, UCA Farnham

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

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