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BA(Hons) Screenwriting




BA(Hons) Screenwriting


Course Summary

The BA (Hons) Screenwriting programme provides students with a broad programme that develops their creative voice and writing style, while learning how to write step outlines, treatments and scripts for film, television and interactive media. With the breadth of content available to audiences across a wide array of platforms, there is a wealth of opportunity for talented writers to make a career in the creative sectors. This course is designed to teach students to understand the platforms, audiences, genres, and writing skills that a professional screenwriter needs to develop a successful career.

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.

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Student Films


Students who graduate from this programme may pursue a career Script Editor or Script Reader across multiple visual platforms such as film, TV, games, online content and print. With the technical training available on the programme and through extra curricular opportunities, some graduates may choose to pursue a career in production while writing at the same time. Other graduates may choose to focus solely on their own work, submitting scripts to competitions, festivals and production companies in search of their first commission.

Course Structure

The duration of the programme is two years and is split and delivered into Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6. This specialist 2 year structure includes extra terms during the summer and ensures that students are able to enter the professional world as soon as possible.

Course Timeline

level 4 - term 1 & 2

At Level 4, Screenwriting students work in joint modules alongside Practical Filmmaking students. Visual Storytelling teaches the language of film and the importance of mise-en-scene, and students visit the National Gallery and make a short film based on a painting. Introduction To Writing Drama introduces students to the key elements of drama such as conflict, character and theme. Screen Studies looks at the theories that underpin the history of cinema. This level introduces Screenwriters to the key technical and theoretical practices they need to understand as they progress through the course.

level 5 - term 3 & 4

At Level 5, Screenwriters learn about the variety of platforms, genres and formats that provide potential employment routes outside of traditional ways of writing for the screen. Writing Coverage 1 introduces the principles of script analysis. Writing For Interactive Media and Writing Episodic Fiction teach students how to broaden their writing skills across multiple platforms and formats. Screenwriters also have the opportunity to develop a script for the Practical Filmmakers final graduation projects, and learn the pitching process in Writing, Pitching and Developing Short Films.

level 6 - term 5 & 6

This is the final stage of the course, where students are given the opportunity to develop and write a feature film script to second draft, in Major Feature Film Part 1 and Part 2. In Writing Coverage 2, students get further in-depth teaching in script analysis, while in Screen Studies 2: British Cinema, students learn why British screenwriting is still revered around the world, and how the country has sustained this position among the Hollywood heavyweights.

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS points for October 2019/2020 intake in line with UCAS tariff changes or equivalent

  • If you are an international student and unsure of your eligibility please contact us on

  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent

  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview

  • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application. This could include a short film or a show-reel (both a maximum of 10 minutes in length) or examples of written work.

Course Fees

Course Fee:
£500 Registration Fee + £12,600 per year (UK/EU)
£500 Registration Fee + £16,000 per year (International)

Duration: 2 years
Start date: Jan 2020 and Oct 2020

You will also need Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.  The School will cover Actors costs, shooting kit and Production costs for module exercises.

Merit Scholarship

Central Film School is pleased to reward academic excellence. We have a number of up to 50% merit scholarships for high-achieving students entering the following courses in 2018:

  • BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking

  • BA(Hons) Screenwriting

  • MA Directing Fiction

  • MA Filmmaking

  • MA Sales and Distribution

  • MA Visual Effects

No application for scholarship required. Students will be automatically considered for the merit scholarship upon receiving an offer for the above courses and will be notified by the admissions team if successful. Successful students will then have 28 days in order to pay a £3,000 advance tuition fee payment to secure the award. Limited availability- Scholarships issued on a first come, first served basis.  It should be noted that this discount applies to new students only and cannot be cumulated with any other the Central Film School scholarship.

“My favorite tutor is Edwards Windus (BA Screenwriting Tutor). He has really been focusing us on classical storytelling which is something I was briefly aware off but not entirely sure about and its really improved the quality of my short stories.”
— - Joseph Guiness 2019
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