MA Screen Production - Screenwriting and Documentary

General

Program Description

Why study screen production (screenwriting)?

The boom in a film drama, powered by companies such as Netflix, and the advent of streaming 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 study screen production (documentary)?

Documentary filmmaking is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the screen economy.

From feature-length films to short online content, documentaries offer a powerful tool for storytelling and engaging audiences in diverse subjects and causes.

New platforms and channels are opening up new opportunities for filmmakers to create documentaries for broadcast, web and film distribution.

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.

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Content (Screenwriting)

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.

Content (Documentary)

You will study:

  • The Diversity of Documentary
  • Documentary Research and Development
  • 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.

Study time

Semesters one and two 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 three, 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.

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 art 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.

Entry requirements

Students on this course will be committed to creative writers with a thirst for telling their stories in screen media.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and a commitment to research and reflect on their creative process. You should have some prior experience of writing screenplays, either as part of their studies or in their professional practice.

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. 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. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section.

Careers / Further study

Screenwriting

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.

Documentary

You'll be equipped to follow a wide range of careers in the increasingly diverse field of documentary filmmaking, working for broadcasters or setting up your own independent film company.

You're most likely to first secure work as a researcher or production team associate in a larger production company, before seeking commissions to make your own documentaries.

Last updated May 2020

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