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BA (Hons) Screenwriting

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BA (Hons) Screenwriting

The BA (Hons) Screenwriting course is centred around the art and craft of storytelling.  

It has been designed to prepare graduates for employment by providing them with the skills demanded by employers not only in the film and television industries but also, increasingly, in the world of video games.

The course enables students to develop their craft with the assistance of an outstanding roster of industry professionals as tutors, and - with the input of students from our BA Practical Filmmaking course - will develop understanding of the relationship between the page and the screen.

Course Highlights

  • The BA Screenwriting course is delivered as an intensive fast-track programme over two years. 
  • The course is delivered in smaller class sizes and specialist seminar groups. 
  • The course involves a higher than normal proportion of scheduled contact hours to reflect the film school’s ethos of providing new writers with substantial one-to-one development time. 
  • The course is delivered exclusively by working industry professionals, including script development executives from the British Film Institute, the Script Factory, BBC and a range of production companies. This is integral to the school’s master-apprentice style of teaching. 
  • Professional actors will stage much of the students’ work. 
  • Our students are heavily encouraged to collaborate with the BA Practical Filmmaking students to have their screenplays go into production. This is both part of the course and something encouraged outside of the course. 

The two-year BA

While most UK BA courses last for three years, Central Film School's BA Screenwriting only takes two. This means that the course is highly intensive, requiring full commitment throughout the whole two-year period.

Entry Criteria

Minimum requirement: 

  • 160 UCAS points for October 2017 intake or equivalent.
  • 64 UCAS for 2017/2018 intake inline with UCAS tariff changes.

If you are an international student and/or in doubt about your qualification, please do get in touch.

Dates + Fees

This course costs £10,000 per year. As a two-year BA (Hons) degree the total cost of tuition, including all materials and filming budgets, is £20,000.

Start dates: October 2017

Finance

We have now partnered with Future Finance as an alternative source of funding for our students.  Click here to learn more

Apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS or directly with us. Details of our entry requirements are on our applications page, but previous training in screenwriting is not required, just dedication and enthusiasm. All candidates are interviewed before being offered a place, and we encourage applicants to send us a sample of work if available.


Module Guide

"When I graduate, I will leave knowing that I have gained a solid and long-lasting platform on which to continue building my understanding of screenwriting and filmmaking. The different points of view and personalities of the tutors combines with a rich and varied curriculum that challenges, invigorates and excites. Thank you, Central Film School!" Thomas James Vowles, BA (Hons) Screenwriting, 2015

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Validation

All our BA (Hons) degrees are validated by the University of Gloucestershire

Level 4
To complete the programme, students must pass the following modules:
SCR4101 Introduction to Writing Drama30 CATSTerm 1-2
PFR4102 Screen Studies 1: Major Movements in Cinema30 CATSTerm 1-2
PFR4103 Visual Storytelling30 CATSTerm 1-2
PFR4104 Working with Actors15 CATSTerm 2
SCR4106 Screenwriting: Writing Short Films15 CATSTerm 1
 
Level 5
To complete the programme, students must pass the following modules:
PFR5102 Writing, Pitching and Developing Short Film30 CATSTerm 3-4
SCR5103 Writing Coverage 115 CATSTerm 4
SCR5105 Writing for Games15 CATSTerm 3
SCR5106 Writing Genre15 CATSTerm 4
SCR5107 Writing Episodic Fiction30 CATSTerm 3-4
PFR5109 Interactive Media Production15 CATSTerm 4
 
Level 6
To complete the programme, students must pass the following modules:
PFR6102 Film Business, Marketing and Distribution30 CATSTerm 5-6
SCR6103 Screen Studies 2: British Cinema15 CATSTerm 5-6
SCR6105 Writing Coverage 215 CATSTerm 5-6
SCR6108 Major Feature Film Part 130 CATSTerm 5
SCR6109 Major Feature Film Part 230 CATSTerm 6

Course Overview

  • Two years
  • Based in London (East London, Brick Lane)
  • Smaller groups
  • Number of teaching days: 3-4 per week
  • Number of teaching hours per day: 6 hours
  • Number of assessments per module: 2
  • Assessment types: Practical and/or Essay

During production, students are expected to work long hours and might be expected to shoot during evenings and/or weekends.  The number of teaching days does not include independent study.  

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