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  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, three semesters, Part-time: Two years, six semesters.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MA

Why study this programme?

Utilising the expertise of our expanded Scriptwriting team the course builds on the skill base and reputation of our established undergraduate course and boasts improved facilities as a result of the move to our £15 Million Media Factory development with state-of-the-art facilities.

The course offers an in-depth knowledge of writing for radio, television, film and stage with emphasis on current industry practice and employability, equipping students with the most appropriate practice skills. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the writing of a full length feature film that is actually produced. Students will also be contenders for the new Matt Greenhalgh Award. The course is ideally located with access to local radio and the North West’s vibrant live grassroots theatre and new BBC production base.   

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements are: A good first degree (2:2 or above)

Candidates without the above qualifications, or qualifications in other subject areas, will be considered provided that there is firm evidence of experience and commitment to at least one of the main areas of practical study (film/video making, Film and TV Screenwriting, digital imaging work etc). Demonstrable proof of writing skill, ability, or potential, eg sample scripts.

At interview a portfolio of previous work in a relevant area will be requested. Applications from mature candidates will be welcome.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

Full-Time Students

Compulsory Modules:

Research Methodologies (20 credits)
Enterprise and Professional Practice (20 credits)
Writing for Film (20 credits)

Part-Time Students

Compulsory Modules:

Research Methodologies (20 credits)
Writing for Film (20 credits)

 

Semester 2

Full-Time Students

Compulsory Modules:

Writing for Radio (20 credits)
Writing for Television (20 credits)

Optional Modules:

Scriptwriting for video games
Writing for Stage (20 credits)

Part-Time Students

Compulsory Modules:

Writing for Radio (20 credits)
Writing for Television (20 credits)

Semester 3

Full-Time Students

Compulsory Modules:

Major Project Scriptwriting (60 credits)

Part-Time Students

Compulsory Modules:

Major Project Scriptwriting core (60 credits) Semester 3 and 6

 

Semester 4

Part-Time Students

Compulsory Modules:

Enterprise and Professional Practice (20 credits)

 

Semester 5

Part-Time Students

Compulsory Modules:

Major Project Scriptwriting core (60 credits)

Optional Modules:

Either

Scriptwriting for video games

Or

Writing for Stage (20 credits)

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The Scriptwriting Skills modules on the MA course are all freshly written and completely up-to-date. Critical theory will be embedded into a wider range of modules. This will further develop the critical underpinning of a student’s practical work and their dissertation. This will ensure critical theory gains greater relevance to the practical elements of the course. These skills will develop gradually throughout the course and will culminate with the triple module in semester three. 

The curriculum themes of employability, practice based learning; entrepreneurial skills; developing industry contacts, and sustainability are embedded within the programme and are addressed through relevant topics in the new modules.

Modules include:

Radio
High level radio module which offers students the opportunity to leave the course with a broadcast radio credit.

Writing for stage
As well as writing, students will be encouraged to produce their own work.

Writing for Children
A unique module, the first of its kind which specializes in scriptwriting for children (by which we mean people under the age of 18).

Our staff are well connected to the industry, this means we can offer a unique module with our MA that will offer credible opportunities and contacts in this area. The course will also offer core modules in Writing for Film and Writing for Television.

In addition to the MediaCity Salford BBC production base, the North West is also home to Granada, BBC local radio stations, a plethora of independent television and film companies, some of which are based right here in the Media Factory. There is also a thriving live theatre scene in the North West which provides many opportunities for new writers. Our teaching team have strong connections with all of the above.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

BAFTA

Learning Environment and Assessment

Lectures/tutorials

Submitted coursework.