|Study location||United Kingdom, Egham, Surrey|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Upper Second Class Honours degree 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent, in Literature, Theatre, Media or a related discipline.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.5 (with 6.5 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5 )
At least 2 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
A relevant portfolio is required.
Submit up to 50 pages of creating writing, preferably pieces intended for film or television and in film/TV format, though other forms of creating writing such as short stories or plays will also be acceptable
During the MA in Screenwriting for Television and Film (in Retreat) you will cover writing for feature film and television as well as new developments such as web drama. You will develop a range of ideas, then go on to write film and television outlines, and several drafts of a feature film screenplay, a TV single drama, or a TV series or serial bible and sample episodes.
Commencing in September, you will be taught through a mixture of intensive writing retreats and distance learning techniques, including Skype and our dedicated online learning environment, Moodle. The course includes four week-long residential retreats throughout one year (full time), with some taking place in Central London and others at our beautiful Egham Campus, near Windsor. This structure immerses you in a creative atmosphere conducive to concentrated learning and group interaction, with Development Lab as a core module, where you will present your work in progress to the group for criticism and feedback, and experiment with co-writing.
Between retreats the course is run via distance-learning with a website, chat room and e-tutorials. This makes it possible for those living outside the UK, and those with busy working lives, such as freelancers and those in full-time employment, to take time out to attend. The course attracts a wide variety of students including those wishing to make a career change from other sectors through to established actors, comedy writers, editors, producers, novelists and many others.
You will also meet and work with industry and independent producers, directors, agents, writers and actors to provide a production context.
Story and Theme
Contexts – Current British Film and Television Practice
You’ll be set for a career in television and feature film screenwriting and script development. Graduates with work in film and TV include:
- Janice Hallett’s feature screenplay Retreat, starring Cillian Murphy (2011).
- Olivia Wakeford wrote for the feature film Baseline (2009).
- Kay Stonham was commissioned by the BBC, and two of our younger writers are working on a C5 youth drama series.
- Adam Rolston’s musical, A Sentimental Journey, on Doris Day’s life performed at a variety of UK and US venues.
- Daniel Wolfe directed and co-wrote Catch Me Daddy, released to critical acclaim in 2015.
- Sir Lenny Henry wrote and starred in the autobiographical drama, Danny and the Human Zoo, for BBC 1.
Other students from our department have gone on to work in independent television and film production, for broadcasters like the BBC and ITV, and for distributors, exhibitors, talent agencies and entertainment lawyers.