Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme offers an integrated programme in the history, theory and practice of screenwriting; it offers the opportunity to develop practical screenwriting skills and techniques, and the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of communicating ideas in script form. core modules in the history and theory of screenwriting, and options in practice as research will encourage you to study the history of the discourse and practices of screenwriting and to bring a conceptual and analytical framework to a final portfolio of screenwriting. 1 distinctive feature is the fast'track core course which will allow all students enrolling on the course, including graduates in other fields, to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting conventions, an understanding of common formats, the ability to analyse a brief and evaluate one's own writing within a commercial context. armed with the core skills of the fast'track course, subsequent modules will combine writing skills with conceptual understanding of how to communicate ideas.those who have screenwriting experience already will be able to deepen their skills and knowledge of screenwriting through a range of theoretical and practical approaches. through the discursive evaluations which form part of the assessment for each module, you will be required to identify and critically evaluate conventional industry script formats and alternatives to them. you will undertake writing assignments of increasing complexity, demonstrating self'direction and originality in tackling script problems.

Course Modules

You take 5 compulsory core modules and 1 option module. Core modules include: Fast track to screenwriting; final project/dissertation/portfolio; history and theory of screenwriting; scriptwriting in different genres; writing a draft script. Option modules (choose 1): Developing a feature film script; developing a TV series.

Course Additional Entry

A good degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with or without prior screenwriting experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
PgCert £3,825  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
PgCert £1,975  Academic year. First year home fees