Television Fiction Writing, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    12600
    Tuition (Year)
    7240
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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Television is where most of the opportunities lie for screenwriters. Taught by a combination of academic staff and top TV scriptwriters, our students work intensively on at least two drama series currently transmitting on British television.

About

You'll learn how to story conference, storyline, write scripts and edit these dramas, shadowing the real life dramas as they transmit and benefit from direct input from the BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers.

You'll benefit from:

  • Tutoring by writers actively working in British Television
  • Direct access to producers and commissioners
  • The opportunity to work on dramas presently transmitting on British television
  • Individual mentoring by experienced television executives on your original drama or comedy
  • The chance to develop your original drama or comedy beyond the course working with a professional script reader

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Researching the Television Fiction Market
  • Writing for an Existing Long-Running TV Drama
  • Story and Script Techniques
  • Creating Original Drama

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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).

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.

Typical Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) and evidence of creative writing experience.

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Interview/Test

Candidates will also be required to attend and pass an interview and test as part of the application process. The test will consist of a previously unseen scripting exercise conducted under class test conditions.

Additional Requirements

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.

Additionally applicants must make a clear and unequivocal statement of why they wish to pursue a career in television writing.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 12600 International
  • GBP 7240 EU/EEA
  • Scotland £7240
  • England, Wales and N. Ireland £7240

Funding

Scholarships
  • A number of full fee scholarships supported by industry leaders are available for the most talented writers.
  • We also offer packages of further financial support available for those who need it most.

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