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MA Scriptwriting

Gain the skills required to collaborate and work effectively across the creative industries as a scriptwriter. You will also develop script editing skills working closely with other students within the Media Production framework.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Why study MA Scriptwriting at BU?

  • Develop your ideas from concept to industry-standard final draft, develop your own voice, learn how to critique others work and make industry contacts to pitch for employment  
  • See your scripts come to life and contribute to others’ productions by working collaboratively with students across the framework  
  • This intense course allows you the opportunity to work both in teams in addition to producing individual writing pieces  
  • Become a writer with a distinctive authorial voice with an industry-standard portfolio, writing in a range of formats and genres and a robust attitude to collaboration and development  
  • All of our teaching staff have worked on award winning Film, Television and multiplatform projects and you will also benefit from regular industry guest speakers and alumni. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Graduate with an accredited degree

Graduate from an International Moving Image Society (IMIS) accredited degree, awarded to practice-based courses that best prepare students for a career in the industry. 
 
Within the Department of Media Production, we have close ties with various industry professionals and organisations, ensuring our courses are always up to date and teach you the most relevant skills and techniques. Find out more.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2022, January 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time (September start). 20 months part-time (January start)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

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Your application

For MA Scriptwtiting we are looking for visual creatives who are focused and sociable, who enjoy collaboration and are open to experiences and emotional landscapes. Storytelling is about communication and problem solving. 

Entry requirements

RedBalloon opportunities

RedBalloon Productions is an award-winning professional production unit based in the Media and Communication Faculty at BU. RedBalloon offers paid work to second and final year students and graduates, including opportunities for editors, production managers, sound assistants and runners, a great way to enhance your CV with professional credits and networking. Students work alongside professional crew and for a wide range of clients from local charities to national organisations such as The National Trust, Exeter Cathedral and Bournemouth Courts of Justice.

Read about some recent projects our students have been working on. 

Visit the RedBalloon website to find out more

Careers

The knowledge and skills you will gain from this Masters degree will enable you to pursue relevant roles in the film and television industries such as a Director, Script supervisor, Script Editor, Scripted Development, Storyliner, Reader, Scriptwriter, Script Editor, and Creative Producer. 

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to the fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

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