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MA Scriptwriting

With a unique collaborative emphasis, you’ll have the chance for some scripts to be produced through close collaboration with students from the Producing and Directing courses, equipping you with the skills required for script development in the industry

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Full-time (online)

Please note that this course is not recruiting to the online option for September 2021 entry. 

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 Film, Television and multiplatform projects from BBC 1 and Channel 4 through to LEGO’s Character & Story division 
  • Benefit from regular industry guest speakers and alumni.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Flexible study 

The MA Scriptwriting course offers you the option to study full-time, either in person or online. Lectures and online resources are combined with weekly small-group seminars and workshops to explore concepts and ideas, as well as develop your own and each other’s work in depth. If you are an online student, all your classes will take place virtually – bringing together a diverse cohort of students from all over the world and engaging with narrative theory and industry practices at the widest level. 

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. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus or distance learning

Duration:

1 year full-time

Accreditations:

International Moving Image Society (IMIS)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. 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.

Download the programme specification (pdf 679kb)

Your application

The admissions team will look at your online application including your qualifications, personal statement and any work experience. Please make sure your application stands out from the crowd and leaves us in no doubt that you want to study at Bournemouth University.

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 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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