Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Screenwriting

This programme offers the opportunity to develop practical screenwriting skills and techniques, and to apply them to writing briefs, together with the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of communicating ideas in script form. One distinctive feature of the programme is the fast-track core module which will allow all students enrolling on the course, including graduates in other fields, to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting theories, conventions and formats, and develop the ability to apply these to writing practice. Subsequent modules will deepen writing skills and knowledge of screenwriting with assignments of increasing length designed to meet industry requirements, such as feature film script and television series writing, and you will also study the discourse and practices of screenwriting. Highlights - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - Attain a high standard of screenwriting practice and a thorough understanding of how narrative works on screen. Graduates from other fields can achieve professional standards of practice and understanding of the industry. - We have a state-of-the art cinema and exhibition spaces, all housed in a historic building that was a former home to key members of the Bloomsbury Group, including the author Virginia Woolf and the artist Vanessa Bell. The School is also actively involved in a number of College-wide institutes specifically designed to foster work across disciplines at Birkbeck such as Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image. - The Department hosts a range of events including information eveningsfor prospective students; the annual Murray Lecture where speakers have included Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain, and Neil McGregor, director of the British Museum; and exhibitions and displays at the Peltz Gallery, the School of Arts' purpose-built exhibition space. - The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. - The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year's free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: A good degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with or without prior screenwriting experience. In addition to our online application, you will need to complete and submit an entrance task. MA: A good degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with or without prior screenwriting experience.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Assessment is 100% coursework. MA: Assessment is 100 per cent coursework.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Media and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
02030738221