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MA Screenwriting

London Film School
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
London
English
MA Screenwriting

Program description

MA Screenwriting

An intensive one-year programme that develops the writer’s original voice, embeds professional practice and enhances employability.

At LFS you will gain expertise and experience that form the foundations of your professional screenwriting practice. You will forge relationships and develop networks that propel you into the film and television industries.

MA Screenwriting focuses on the development of the individual screenwriter’s voice. You will be supported and challenged throughout your one year MA as you explore that voice through your screenwriting. You will work collaboratively within a diverse, international cohort and within the conservatoire atmosphere of LFS.

The development of your feature screenplay, at the heart of your MA, is undertaken in small Feature Development Groups of 3 or 4 students, chaired by a tutor. Regular Group meetings are structured around the giving and receiving of feedback and the deep exploration of your feature project from initial idea through several draft screenplays.

The ambition and variety of students’ screenplays reflect both the depth of their creativity and the breadth and diversity of their backgrounds and interests. In addition to your feature screenplay you will have opportunities to write short screenplays and to develop a television series idea.

MA Screenwriting is accredited by Screenskills and embeds professional practice and industry involvement in the course, whilst developing screenwriters’ entrepreneurial capacities and enhancing their employability. Your course tutors are experienced, practising professionals and include screenwriters, producers, directors and development executives. They are also experienced educators.

Admission requirements

Applicants should normally have at least one of the following:

  • A Bachelors degree with Honours; or
  • An equivalent (international) or higher qualification; or
  • An equivalent professional qualification; or
  • Substantial professional experience in film or a related area.

You are welcome to apply even if you haven't written any scripts before, but feel you have the ability to and meet our minimum entry requirements.

For detailed admission requirements, please visit the course webpage.


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Program content

The programme is non-modular. It is composed of three units to be taken sequentially. The course is full-time only and lasts one year. Some of the component classes are term specific and others run continuously across the whole programme.

Unit 1: The Screenwriter's Craft

Unit 2: The Screenwriter's Practice

Unit 3: Writing the Feature Film

Scholarships & funding

There are limited funding and scholarship opportunities available to UK/EU/EEA and International (Non-EU) students.  UK and EU students are eligible for The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, open for each September entry and external bursary programmes, including BAFTA. Students are also encouraged to source alternative funding sources via the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Guide. International students are encouraged to investigate funding opportunities within their own country prior to accepting an offer of study.  

Tuition fees

Total fees for 1 year programme: £14,687 (includes £200 Visa Administration Fee) for international students.

For detailed fees breakdown, please visit course webpage.

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LONDON FILM SCHOOL

For over 65 years London Film School (LFS) has been the place for emerging creative talent to hone their craft, find their voice and engage directly with the vibrant UK screen industries. With a student cohort from every corner of...


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Why study at London Film School

Five Reasons to Choose LFS

Recognised Globally

Named by The Hollywood Reporter (THR) as one of the top ten International Film Schools of 2021, and by Variety as a Top Film School in 2019 we are recognised on the global stage. Our reputation for teaching excellence and practical learning attracts over 60 per cent of our students from outside the UK, from all corners of the globe.

Innovative Learning

We are one of only three UK graduate Schools to be accredited as a centre of excellence by the UK ScreenSkills Film Academy Network. Our approach to a dedicated practical and hands-on Postgraduate education equips our students with the right skill sets to succeed. Operating as a working studio, our students are involved in the production of over 180 films each year and the development of multi-genre scripts.

Professional Teaching

Our students are taught by real life working professional filmmakers and screenwriters. Their expertise provides an added value in our education, allowing our students to learn from the best and put real life working scenarios into practice. Our Academics involve industry throughout our courses, and our students have the chance to benefit from Visiting Lecturers and Industry experts across teaching, external examinations, and screenings.

At the Heart of the Film Industry

Our location is unique – the school is situated in the creative hub of London, in Covent Garden. Within walking distance of the School, our students have London’s West End at their doorstep;cinemas and theatres, the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the British Film Institute Library, the BFI Southbank, the Tate Modern and, even closer, Wardour Street in Soho, the historic nerve centre of the British Film Industry.

Proven Track Record

We have a rich and diverse Alumni network. Thousands of high-profile alumni and many networking opportunities await. Members of our Alumni include Directors, Michal Mann (Public Enemies), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Duncan Jones (Moon), Ann Hui (A Simple Life);Cinematographers, Jo Willems (The Hunger Games), Erik Wilson (Paddington), Roger Pratt (Harry Potter), Tak Fujimoto (The Sixth Sense);Editors, Mark Goldblatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Robert Leighton (Now You See Me);Producer, Iain Smith (Mad Max: Fury Road).

Contact info

London Film School

24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden
WC2H 9UB London
United Kingdom

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