MA Screen Production (Screenwriting) *

Entry year
2020/21
Course code
P31N12
Application
University
Level
Postgraduate
Department
Creative and Cultural Industries
Campus
City Campus
Duration
One year full-time
Delivery
Full-time, starts January
Programme leader
Sean Daniels

* subject to final UWE Bristol approval.

This course is open for applications.

We are continuing to interview applicants to this course but will do so via Skype or alternative means.

Page last updated 4 August 2020

Introduction

Write your own dramas and feature films, tap into Bristol's vibrant screen sector, and gain the grounding you need to succeed as a professional scriptwriter.

Why study screen production (screenwriting)?

The boom in film drama, powered by companies such as Netflix, and the advent of streamed media and web content, is opening up new opportunities for scriptwriters.

Imaginative and skilled collaborators are needed to work on dramas, web series and films across diverse genres and with the right skills and experience, you could get your work commissioned on TV or online.

Why UWE Bristol?

Aimed at students with some experience of writing their own scripts already, our MA Screen Production (Screenwriting) supports you to develop scripts for your own dramas and feature films.

Focusing on the professional practices of writing, you'll learn about the structures, relationships and business environment of the screen industry, as you hone and develop your scripts. 

UWE Bristol has sector-leading expertise in film, standing at third in the UK in the Guardian League Tables 2020. 

You'll be taught by award-winning film and TV screenwriters, and trained in the individual and collaborative practices of scriptwriting. 

Studying this in Bristol means you'll be part of the city's rapidly expanding screen business sector. The city is home to the renowned Bottle Yard Studios, and many leading independent production companies, as well as being one of two Channel 4 regional hubs, and the new production base for Netflix.

Working with Bristol Business School, you'll also gain the entrepreneurial skills to operate as a professional screenwriter, learning to work with producers, and developing skills in parallel professions such as script editing. 

There'll be opportunities to network with other future creative leaders, working alongside students on our other postgraduate screen courses.

The course includes a field trip to the Berlin Film Festival and guest lectures by leading industry experts.

Where can it take me?

You'll be equipped to pursue a career as a professional scriptwriter in TV or film, to write web-series or pursue other modes of writing in the screen industries.

You could go on to be a writer or showrunner on a TV drama, or script your own original feature films. Or move into script editing or producing.

Structure

Content

You will study:

  • Feature Film Screenwriting, Editing & Re-Writing
  • Television Screenwriting
  • Screen Criticism and Analysis
  • Screen Industries, Issues, and Debates
  • Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy
  • Developing a Screen Business Concept for the Marketplace
  • Final Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course runs for three semesters over 12 months, starting with a three-week film festival at Watershed and Arnolfini.

With a strong emphasis on practice and production-based work running through the course, you'll learn about the industrial and business context of film and TV, and build valuable enterprise skills, working with students on our other postgraduate screen MAs.

Take part in seminars, workshops, group activities and tutorials, to embed your contextual and theoretical studies.

Learn about narrative structures, dialogue and different rhythms of storytelling, including the Netflix 10-hour movie model.

Develop pilot episodes for a new series as part of a writers' team.

Attend film screenings and events within Bristol's vibrant film and TV sector, such as the Watershed Cinema and Encounters Film Festival.

Work on a major script project in semester 3, to express yourself within your field and prepare for your career.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Semesters 1 and 2 involve a higher level of teaching and scheduled learning, with approximately three days per week of contact time and two days of individual study.

In semester 3, the focus will be on project work, with 36 hours of tutorial contact time.

Assessment

Assessment is mainly by portfolio, with requirements varying for each module.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Fieldwork

Travel to the Berlin International Film Festival in February. 

Take part in Bristol film events such as the Watershed Cinema and Encounters Film Festival.

Study facilities

You'll find everything you need for your studies in our specially-built film studio facility at Bower Ashton.

Our shared production hub for graduate students offers dedicated space to collaborate on business projects.

Bower Ashton is part of our City Campus, a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, which spans Bristol and also includes renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

You'll have access to all the facilities on our Frenchay Campus as well, including the library and our £55m Bristol Business School.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources

Careers

Careers / Further study

You'll be equipped to pursue a career as a professional scriptwriter in TV or film, to write web-series or pursue other modes of writing in the screen industries.

You could go on to be a writer or showrunner on a TV drama, or script your own original feature films. Or move into script editing or producing.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

The field trip to Berlin will cost approximately £400. This is not included in the course fees.

See our funding pages for more information.

Entry

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and a commitment to research and reflecting on their creative process. You should have some prior experience of writing screenplays, either as part of your studies or in your professional practice. Students on this course will be committed creative writers with a thirst for telling their stories in screen media.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements, please find your country on the Country Information pages.

Selection process

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to interview. You will be asked ahead of the interview to provide a sample of your current screenwriting, with a covering explanation of the project. Skype or telephone interviews will be arranged for international applicants.

English Language Requirement

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. To find details of acceptable tests and the required grades, please visit English Language requirements.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our pre-sessional English programme.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications.

We accept applications throughout the year but if you are working to a funding deadline, you should build this into your application process.

For further information