MA Scriptwriting

Bath Spa University
Bath, England, United Kingdom
Qualification
Master's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
1 year
Intakes
September
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 9,291
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 17,949

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS - 7.0 (including a minimum of 6.0 in all bands);
  • Other recognised English language qualifications of an equivalent standard.

Curriculum

Trimester 1

  • Dramatic Structure. This module aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of how dramatic structure works within scriptwriting. You are introduced to dialogue, character, genre, and to the different mediums of theatre, radio, TV/Film. The emphasis here is to learn the basic tools necessary to tell a story in dramatic form. Students will be asked to read and view widely alongside the workshops for this module to help them to understand dramatic structure in principe and practise. Students are assessed for this module on a 5,000 word essay.
  • Theatre & Radio. This module is devoted to developing and workshoping students own work for the theatre and radio.  Students are expected to read and comment on each others work and to voice their thougths and suggestions throughout the workshops.  Students are assessed for this module on a 45 to 60 minute play or radio script.

Trimester 2

  • Professional Skills.This module will show writers how to develop a career across a range of creative industries such as film, theatre, radio, television and gaming. They will learn how to pitch their ideas, to discuss their work engagingly and how to respond to notes and feedback constructively. They will be working with professional practitioners during the course to gain a real insight into what it means to be a professional writer in a variety of competitive Students will also choose a particular market, research it and use that material to write a 2,500 word essay which reflects their knowledge and insight into that market. This essay is marked as part of the course assessment alongside a Pitch exam. 
  • Writing for the Screen. This module is devoted to developing and workshoping students own work for TV and Film.  We pay particular attention to genre and the importance of visual storytelling. As before, students are expected to read and comment on each others work and to voice their thougths and suggestions throughout the workshops.  Students are assessed for this module on a 30 to 60 minutes of a screenplay for TV or Film. 

Trimester 3

  • Final script. In this module each student writes a full length play, a full length film script, or the equivalent in television or radio. This script can be a development and reworking of earlier pieces, but will often be completely new work.The final script can be for any medium. The students work together to organise a showcase for September where they each produce a short exceprt of their work which can be for either radio, theatre, or TV/Film. 
  • The pitch is done in a simulated industry conditions and is usually for the student's Final Script.

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