Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University


The course emphasises the development of practical screenwriting skills and the production of a portfolio of work, developed to the highest professional standards. An understanding of professional practice, pitching and marketing screenplays, and the critical analysis of films and screen texts are further key elements in the programme. The course has established links with the screenwriting industry locally and nationally and is regularly visited by industry professionals. This means you will have great networking opportunities plus the chance to engage directly with leading practitioners in the field.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study. •Discovering the Screen as a Writer Introduces practice creative, formal, research and technical skills appropriate to Screenwriting at masters level, allowing you to gain an understanding of the difference between writing for different mediums •Ongoing Narrative Introduces the concepts behind writing something that has an ongoing narrative in order to create a dynamic world for stories to occur in engaging, complex characters •Writing the Feature Film You will complete your first feature film draft and further develop research abilities, in particular, how to broaden your writing craft in order to have dramatic stories with a high level of realism or detail • The Importance of Rewriting and How to Do It You will develop the ability to reappraise your own work, to enrich you with screenwriting concepts in order to write an accomplished second draft • The Third Act Continue your growth as a feature film writer, deepening your creative voice and making you a more ambitious writer

Assessment methods

These will include screenplays, treatments and selling documents for a variety of film works, starting with 5-minute and 10-minute shorts and progressing through 30-minute and 60-minute dramas to two feature-length (90-minute) scripts. The 1st of these full-length screenplays will be developed into several drafts with peers and tutors and the second will be further developed independently after teaching finishes and delivered as an exploratory draft after a 3-month writing-up period. You will also be required to present a formal 'pitch' of a feature-length film idea to tutors, to write self-reflective commentaries on their work in terms of genre, story, character development and marketability, and to produce an academic analysis of a film of their choice in terms of its story structure.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 3,125 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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