City, University of London

City, University of London

Creative Writing (Playwriting and Screenwriting)

Creatively stimulating, challenging, and above all practical, this innovative two-year course provides a supportive and thought-provoking environment for playwrights and screenwriters to explore their ideas, develop their craft, and finish a full-length work to a high standard. In the first year you acquire a critical understanding of classic and contemporary plays and films from the writer's point of view, and an in-depth practical knowledge of playwriting and screenwriting. There are also specialist sessions on writing for radio and television drama. No single style or genre is prescribed; the ethos of the programme is excellence and diversity. The course is suitable for writers with some experience who want to develop their practice and ideas and work in the industry. In the second year you choose to write either a full length play, or screenplay, or a pilot for an original television series (along with the series "bible" and synopses for several episodes). In addition to completing a full length play or script, you participate in workshops taught by practising screenwriters and playwrights, and have the opportunity to work with actors and to experience a professional script development process. There will be a showcase of work at the end of the programme to which industry professionals and advisory board members are invited.

Course modules

Year 1: Dramatic Writing; Writing Workshop; Storytelling; and Own Play or Script. Year 2: Own Play or Script; and The Production Business.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes participation in lectures, seminars and workshops; of work on presentations; set exercises and own script proposal.

Sponsorship information

Students on this course are eligible to apply for the BAFTA Scholarship Programme. Successful applicants receive £10,000, a BAFTA industry mentor and free access to UK BAFTA events for a year, plus a paid work placement at Warner Bros. Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2016. Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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