MA Screenwriting

MA Screenwriting

Outstanding writing is fundamental to the success of great film and TV, and your ability to tell a good story is just the beginning. Now you can take your work to the next level, gain an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification and produce an exceptional volume of script work. 
Benefit from creative and commercial development in a dynamic and collaborative, film school environment. You have a unique opportunity to enjoy both vocational, filmmaking training and academic study by combining 12 months at LFA with 6 months at our partner university.

“Building on what I learned at LFA my feature film script has been optioned in LA plus a TV series optioned in the UK and green-lit by a broadcaster”. John Lubas, Scriptwriter and LFA Graduate.

At a glance:

•    Unrivalled portfolio: TV bible & episode, web series, short & 2 feature films & the option to explore other forms of creative writing 
•    1-to-1 development with award-winning actors, writers, producers & directors
•    Business of writing (pitching, contracts and option agreements)
•    Final Draft software included in course fee
•    Full-picture filmmaking: study, collaborate and crew on productions
•    Be eligible for our prestigious Filmmakers Club for continued graduate support
•    Master of Arts Qualification from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
•    Apply now for September 2017

COURSE OVERVIEW

Duration: 18 months or 2 years, full time
Intakes: September each year
Hours: Year 1: 15 per week (plus additional hours, incl. evenings and weekends)

Our MA postgraduate course for screenwriters combines an intense programme of screenwriting craft classes, constant development of writing projects and practical advice on the realities of making a living as a screenwriter in the film industry. Once you complete a year course at London Film Academy, you are required to complete additional modules at another educational institution by way of a progression agreement. You may continue your studies at Anglia Ruskin University (for 6 months full time or 1 year part time) in order to achieve a Master of Arts degree.

Our MA course is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree and can evidence sufficient experience in filmmaking. Potential students should consider the entry requirements before making an application.

At LFA we encourage students to collaborate across disciplines to expand their experience and understanding of the entire filmmaking process. Providing an extensive overview of the realities of the filmmaking industry, throughout the year sessions cover: script editing and the role of development executives, script supervising, acquiring agents, copyright, legal and finance; cinema audience demographics and feature film marketing. You will improve your visual storytelling skills and see your scripts leave the page through live-reading workshops with professional directors and actors. To ensure you leave LFA industry-ready our screenwriting workshops will focus on how to outline, pitch and negotiate the sale of feature film and TV ideas to a panel of film and TV industry professionals. You will enhance your awareness of screenwriting theory and craft, gain more experience of writing in the correct format and delivering to deadlines. Above all, you will leave the course with an enhanced portfolio that will showcase a short film script, television project and TWO feature film scripts, all of which will have received expert development and industry feedback.

SYLLABUS

The first year of the programme takes place at London Film Academy. The syllabus for the year is as follows:

Term 1

The first module covers the development of a short film script alongside an introductory course in the basics of screenwriting. You will hear a range of tutors explain the craft of writing for screen, and receive expert development sessions on the drafts of your short film. Your second module covers television, and you will hear from a series of television writers, agents, commissioners and producers to explain what they look for when embarking upon working on a television series. You will develop a TV bible and 30 minute episode script. You will also take an intense period working on writing to a brief, such as a continuing drama or webseries. The first time should solidify your understanding of the screenwriting craft whilst introduce you to the challenges you will face as an emerging screenwriter when pitching for work.

Term 2

Your second term commences as you embark on your first feature script. Every stage of development is looked at by your tutors in a range of one-to-one sessions or group tutorials. You hear from feature film writers and producers and develop your understanding of any given genre with tailored sessions and screenings. As your script begins to take shape, you hear your scenes workshopped by professional actors and directors who give feedback. Once your script is complete, you get expert feedback from a tutor of your choice as well as an independent reader’s report.

Term 3

The model of your final term is similar to that of the 2nd term. The focus is on the development of a second feature script. Along with the expert advice and development sessions you receive at each stage of the project, you will also receive advice on seeking work in the industry. In this term you will learn about pitching, negotiating contracts, where to look for work, how to supplement your income by undertaking other script related work like writing reader’s reports or writing in partnership for corporate projects. Your awareness of your career path is improved by independent review of your CV and portfolio.

Throughout your second and third terms, you are also invited to attend masterclasses from guest speakers. These can cover a wide range of topics, including script supervising, the work of development executives, pitching for work, negotiating with agents and understanding option agreements.

Your experience on the course is supplemented with an individual copy of Final Draft and tickets to attend the London Screenwriters’ Festival.

Following your year with LFA, you are asked to complete further modules at our partner university. Further details of the topics you are likely to cover at Anglia Ruskin University can be found here.

FEES & FUNDING

To complete the MA Screenwriting you study for one year on the Screenwriting Diploma at London Film Academy followed by a further year at Anglia Ruskin Univeristy to complete your Master of the Arts qualification. Progressing onto the MA enables you to complete your studies at a reduced rate and ensures you get the best of both worlds by experiencing a year of intensive in-house film production followed by a year of university study. 

Year 1:

The LFA Screenwriting Diploma: £13,000. (UK/EU & non EU students)
There are no hidden costs and entry to a leading UK screenwriter's festival is included in the fees.

Year 2: 6 months – 1 year depending on mode of study

Anglia Ruskin Univeristy: MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University. Please check their website for the most up-to-date course fees.

Please visit the Funding Your Studies section of our website for more information on various funding bodies that support students looking to study for an MA in Creative Writing.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent, however, we may also consider students with a non-traditional background on the strength of their pervious work experience and/or portfolio
  • Written work submitted prior to attending an interview - we are looking for potential creative filmmaking ability as evidenced through written material
  • Fluency in English language (minimum of IELTS score 6.5 or equivalent)
  • Some practical experience in film production is desirable, except in cases where student can demonstrate transferable skills in other relevant areas i.e. stage plays, novels etc.

All international students outside of the EEA (non-EU countries) must obtain a Tier 4 General Student Visa to enter the UK. Please see Visa Information for more details.

Application Checklist

Please apply with:

  • One example of your dramatic writing: The first 20 pages of a feature script or Feature film treatment of 10-15 pages or two short film screenplays or if you have no screenplay material we will except an extract from other creative writing such as: a play, short story, novel poetry
  • These extracts should be accompanied by a written explanation you are why not submitting a screenplay 
  • Analytical skills: A one-page critique of a film you have seen 
  • Summary skills: A one-page synopsis of the screenplay or treatment you have submitted (or 2 half page synopsis of two short films) 

Please see Screenwriting Diploma Application Checklist for further details.

What kind of students are we looking for?

  • Committed and dedicated people with a proven passion for writing, who want a professional career in film or television
  • Collaborative, articulate and creative people who can demonstrate a strong instinct for the grammar of visual storytelling
  • Those who want a practical education in screenwriting and believe that the only way to learn how to write is by writing
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