Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. All our tutors are working writers. We aim to turn out writers who understand the structure and craft of drama, have a finished script they can use as a calling card, know the industry in all its variety and can pitch and sell their work.
The MA is taught in seventeen weekends of intensive workshops. It is not, however, 'low residency'/ There are many hours of teaching as on Bath Spa University's established MA in Creative Writing.
The course is taught at our beautiful Corsham Court campus where we are developing performance, capture and editing facilities. We also work closely with the School of Music and Performing Arts, and their students will have the opportunity to help act in and produce our work.
Although this is an intellectually challenging postgraduate course, there is no 'academic' side detached from the working side. Everything theoretical is geared to help the students as writers.
The MA in Scriptwriting also offers each of it students a free copy of Final Draft scriptwriting software, a must for professional Scriptwriters.
The course if full-time from October to September, or part-time over two years, and is taught in modules. The first trimester runs from October to January and there are two modules, each delivered in three intensive weekends.
Assessment is by coursework only. In the first two trimesters, work will be assessed as work in progress. The final submissions will be examined on the script (60%) and an essay on the market and the pitch (40%).