City University London

Course Introduction

The programme in the first year you acquire a critical understanding of classic and contemporary plays and films from the writer's point of view, and an in'depth practical knowledge of playwriting and screenwriting. There are also specialist sessions on writing for radio and television drama. No single style or genre is prescribed; the ethos of the programme is excellence and diversity. The course is suitable for writers with some experience who want to develop their practice and ideas and work in the industry. In the second year you choose to write either a full length play, or screenplay, or a pilot for an original television series (along with the series "bible" and synopses for several episodes). In addition to completing a full length play or script, you participate in workshops taught by practising screenwriters and playwrights, and have the opportunity to work with actors and to experience a professional script development process. There will be a showcase of work at the end of the programme to which industry professionals and advisory board members are invited.

Course Modules

Modules include: Dramatic writing; writing workshop; storytelling; the production business; own play or script.

Course Additional Entry

A 1st degree in any subject; certificate in creative writing; or professional qualifications; relevant experience may be accepted; portfolio of writing; interview (by telephone for overseas students).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,000  Academic year. First year home fees