Online Masters Degree in Writing for Script & Screen


Program Description

An online course with optional face-to-face workshops.

Early bird discount up to £1,000.


The course is designed to equip you with the writing and professional skills, industry know-how and experience of collaborative working, to meet the demands of a constantly evolving industry. It aims to create quick-thinking and adaptable graduates who stand out from the crowd and understand what it takes to work across different screen industries.

Flexible in nature, the course allows you to either develop your portfolio across different platforms or focus on the genres and mediums of interest to you. The course is delivered using a combination of live briefs, independent research and collaborative projects.

You will become part of a global community of scriptwriters and academics who write for films, TV, games, radio and theatre, with networks across the creative industries. Working in this way ensures the relevance of the course to current practice.


• Opportunity to develop your career through a unique blend of creative practice, professional focus and academic knowledge

• Explore writing for both digital platforms and more established screen media

• Join an international network of writers and academics

Who is this course for?

Whether your interest is in writing for cinema, television, video games or digital media, this course will help you develop and enhance your skills.

The course is suitable for applicants who are:

• Graduates who would like to expand their specialist knowledge in writing for screen

• Practitioners in the screen industries who are keen to develop their writing skills

• Interested in continuing their professional development or wish to enhance their career in teaching and research

• Writers looking to acquire the skills to adapt existing work for screen

Course content

To graduate from the MA you must complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total).

Core modules Credits

• Storytelling for Script and Screen (30 credits)

• Individual Script Development Workshop (30 credits)

• Writers' Room: Collaborative Script Development (30 credits)

• Screen Industries: Professional Development (30 credits)

• Final Major Project (60 credits)

How you study

The modes of study available for this course are:

• Study online without attending any face-to-face workshops.

• Study online and attend optional biannual residential workshops, held in various locations, such as the UK, the Middle East or Asia.

An exact number of days, length and format will vary for each residential event in order to maximise value to students. Falmouth aims to provide details on any opportunities around four months in advance, to give students plenty of time to confirm their place and make arrangements. Although not compulsory, attendance is strongly encouraged.

Learning activities

Guided learning activities consist of:

• Key concepts introduced through concise online presentations

• Online critiques to test idea and assumptions, and to receive feedback from tutors and peers

• Class and small group discussions and critiques, to facilitate dialogue and interaction

• Individual and group tutorials

• Peer feedback and self-evaluation

• Independent study

Financing your studies

As a student of Falmouth University you are eligible to apply for:

• Alumni discount (15% to Falmouth alumni)

• Falmouth Flexible Bursaries

• Early Bird Discount – up to £1,000 (as per application deadlines)

To speak to someone about bursaries and other financial assistance, call us on +44 (0)1223 447713.

How to apply

Applicants should have:

• An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification

• Proof of proficiency in English (overall score of IELTS 6.5 as a minimum, with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

Please visit our website,, for full details on the application process. It also lists the other equivalent recognised English language qualifications we accept.

Each application is considered on its own merit. Applicants may also be invited for an online interview.

Late applications may be considered if there are still places available. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are encouraged to apply.

Please contact us for FREE advice on 0800 5999123 or +44 (0)1223 447713.

Last updated Sep 2020

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About the School

Established in 1902, we’ve previously been the Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth College of Art and Design and the University College Falmouth.

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