NFTS - Screenwriting

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Degrees Offered
  1. 2 Year M.A.
  1. Screenwriting
Tuition Detail
£13,800 a year (Home fees) | £29,000 a year (Overseas Fees)
Application Deadlines
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May 3, 2018
The NFTS screenwriting course has produced some of the outstanding writers of our generation. The course prepares writers for work in film and television. Taught by working writers, producers and commissioners, the course addresses the main aspects of the profession of writing. Recent students' work has been nominated for an Oscar, a Bafta, several Royal Television Society awards and countless other awards
  • A Creative Skillset-Accredited Screenwriting MA course.
  • Course covers film and television writing.
  • Strong links with film and TV industry.
  • Study in a collaborative filmmaking environment.
  • Workshops with actors and directors.
  • Opportunity to have a script filmed.
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.
Applicants will have a developed talent for writing (plays, screenplays, novels, short stories), a body of work, a fund of ideas and the desire to express them in screen form. Professional experience in any field is an advantage, in particular work in film, TV or theatre, or allied fields. It is not essential to have a degree, but a sound general knowledge of film, TV and theatre writing is expected, as well as a high level of self-discipline and personal motivation. If your first language is not English, please note that fluency in English is essential for the MA Screenwriting course. Applicants must send an example of their writing, which can be a screenplay; or other piece of fiction, such as a short story, novel or play, plus a screenwriting sample. If you are shortlisted for interview you may be asked for a further writing sample.

Graduating screenwriters will have had the opportunity to complete a range of work for their portfolio, demonstrating their talent and unique voice. Introductions are made to literary agents, broadcasters and film and television production companies. Unlike a Screenwriting MA based in an academic institution, this course is set in a working film and television studio. It covers all aspects of screenwriting, from the development of ideas through to production and post-production. Screenwriting students have their writing work-shopped by professional directors and actors. Working with student producers and directors, they have the chance to see their writing tested in production.

The NFTS programme also includes masterclasses from eminent practitioners in all fields, and regular previews of current film releases. Screenwriting graduates have access to feature and TV project development opportunities, set up by the School in partnership with broadcasters and film companies such as BBC Films and Vertigo Films. There are also extended industry–oriented script development workshops like Regards Croisés and Writers for Europe.

*There are a number of different scholarships that support this course, including the Wellcome Trust Science Media Studentship. For more information see Scholarships and the Wellcome Trust.
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Application Requirements
1) Example of Writing and
2) Screenwriting Sample

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