Entry requirements

The course is intensive and full-time and requires a high level of dedication, a prolific output, and the ability to meet professional deadlines.

You will need to display a talent and passion for screenwriting, a fund of ideas and the desire to tell stories for the screen. You may have written in other forms - plays, novels, short stories, journalism – or already have a body of work, but whatever your experience, your writing must demonstrate an original voice with something to say.

Professional experience in any field is an advantage, in particular work in film, TV or theatre, or allied creative arts. A sound general knowledge of film, TV and theatre writing is expected, as well as a high level of self-discipline and personal motivation.

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Could you write an award-winning film, TV drama or animation? Or devise a multi-layered narrative for a ground-breaking game?

This rigorous, practical course has a long history of producing outstanding writers for film, television, animation and games, and will give you the chance to see your writing tested in production.

The voice of the individual screenwriter is at the heart of our course. You’ll be taught by working screenwriters, producers and script developers, and your voice will be nurtured, developed and challenged to produce work of quality and originality, ready to take out to the industry.

All aspects of professional screenwriting are addressed, with the added benefit that you will also collaborate with other departments – including fiction, animation, producing and games - putting into practice the skills you learn throughout the course.

What You Will Study

This is a hands-on course set in a working film and television studio – something that is unique to studying Screenwriting at the NFTS. You’ll cover all aspects of screenwriting across film, television, games and animation, in different forms and genres, from the development of ideas, treatments and bibles, through the drafting of scripts, into production and post, and you’ll receive comprehensive preparation for the professional world of the screenwriter.

You will also have your writing workshopped by professional directors and actors and, working with student producers and directors, have the chance to see your writing tested in production. Samples of your work will be read by literary agents, broadcasters, commissioners and film and television production companies, in advance of a round of industry meetings in your final term where you can pitch your ideas directly to the industry.

Information for international students

This course is open to UK/EU/International students.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for fees information. All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment.

The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances, which is why we award more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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