Television Fiction Writing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    14220 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    8860 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language

About

Created in close collaboration with industry to maximise your employment opportunities, our programme offers you the full range of industry experiences - and supports you in developing your own original drama or comedy.

  • Instruction from both academic experts and top TV scriptwriters in British television
  • Chance to contribute to programmes currently airing on British TV
  • Individual mentoring from experienced television executives
  • Direct access to producers and commissioners
  • Year of mentoring from a London agent
  • Support from a professional script doctor
  • Opportunity to graduate with several projects ready to take to market

We'll teach you to story conference, storyline and edit scripts - all with direct input from the BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers. And you'll benefit from GCU's global reputation for academic excellence - combining academic theory with practical skills in a thriving and diverse community that shares a belief in the common good.

Your career

With the hands-on experience offered in our MA Television Fiction Writing, you'll graduate uniquely prepared to launch an exciting new career in the field. GCU has built a reputation amongst employers including Warner Bros. Entertainment UK and Shed Productions for training creative and accomplished professionals who leave the programme ready to make meaningful contributions to television. You may also choose to pursue further academic work.

The Television Fiction Writing is offered at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Accreditation

Recognised with the Creative Skillset Tick of approval, GCU's MA Television Fiction Writing is the only full-time master's programme focusing solely on scripting for the UK.

Programme Structure

What you will study:
  • You will study storytelling and narrative, genre, character and voice, developing your critical and evaluative skills as well as your creative writing talents.
  • You will gain a thorough understanding of how creative and writing processes work on long running dramas such as soap operas or medical dramas and then write your own mock storylines and scripts.
  • You will tackle the challenge of creating your own original drama in the context of current commissioning trends.
  • You will explore the terrain of the TV fiction market, the main channels (home and abroad) and commissioning policies and audiences in order to enhance their market readiness.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 22 January and 14 September.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent and evidence of creative writing experience
  • In the Personal Statement section of the Application Form candidates must demonstrate evidence of prior interest and/or achievement in writing fiction for television and/or the general field of creative writing.
  • This must be supported by samples of personal creative writing (up to 3 short pieces ie: short stories, scene from play or screenplay). These works do not need to have been published or performed.
  • Candidates will also be required to attend and pass an interview and test as part of the application process. 
  • Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.

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  • You are considered ineligible for admission
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    14220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14220 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8860 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8860 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • RUK: £8860
  • EU: £8860

Funding

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.