Taught course

Dramatic Writing

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins

Entry requirements

Entry to MA Dramatic Writing requires you to have: an Honours degree; or evidence of experiential learning equivalent to an Honours degree;or 3 years relevant professional experience. English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. If English is not your first language, you must send us your English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. We cannot consider your application unless or until you fulfil the English language requirement. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this clearly on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. For further information visit the Language Centre website. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page, which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. What we look for MA Dramatic Writing welcomes discussion with potential applicants regarding the appropriateness of initial proposals, and encourages applicants to take every opportunity to make contact in advance of application. Do please contact us to come and look round and meet a member of the Centre for Performance Academic Administration (cfp.admin@csm.arts.ac.uk) We are looking for applicants with a background or demonstrable interest in scriptwriting, development or production across theatre, film, television, radio and digital media. Although it particularly suits individuals interested in narrative art forms, it may also attract those involved in broader performance-related practices. Appropriate related backgrounds include script development and dramaturgy, producing, directing, acting, creative writing. Although we treat all work with the greatest care and respect, the college cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to the work or documents you submit. Please therefore do not send any original documents. Selection criteria Your application will be assessed on the basis of: The quality of your supporting material and statement Your critical abilities and awareness of the cultural and social context within which you practice Your communication skills and preparedness to participate collaboratively in debate and practice Evidence that you have the confidence and ability to benefit from and contribute to the learning environment at postgraduate level. References help determine whether the personal and professional aspirations of the applicant are compatible with the aims and outcomes of the course. Selection is by two members of staff (normally the Course Leader and one other). Offers are normally made based on the assessment of the application against the selection criteria and consideration of the references. In a minority of instances to help clarify an application, the admissions team may invite the applicant to interview. Interviews give the opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate an objective, critical and reflective relationship to their work. If possible, it is a good idea to bring examples of work produced since you made your application.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Dramatic Writing aspires to be at the forefront of dramatic writing training in the UK.

We attempt to achieve this via exploring how best to train dramatic writers in the UK, by providing:

  • The best possible training in craft
  • Industry collaborations, projects and partnerships which supply our students with connections, industry training and experience and access to new and leading ideas
  • Via collaboration with other Drama Centre courses which give our students with connections to actors, directors, designers and animators in their peer group which we hope they will continue to develop throughout their careers.

The course brings together 10 Masters who have led on the training of Dramatic Writing in the UK and offers regular industry commissions, collaborations and partnerships, offering students a chance to build up connections and experience and to explore and be a part of new ideas developing in the dramatic writing industry.

The course aims to cover all of the skills you will need to pursue a successful and sustainable career as a writer.

In Unit One, students learn craft in all five forms of dramatic writing (theatre, television, film, radio and digital media) and take part in industry commissions and projects.

In Unit Two, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own portfolio of work, exploring and developing your voice and vision as a writer and working in a way which replicates working practices in the industry.

Via this structure, our aim is to provide students with the skills, experience, connections, credits and portfolio of work they need to go on to pursue successful and sustainable careers as writers.

The course is also dedicated to exploring the best possible training of dramatic writers in the UK and staff and changing commissions and projects offer an exciting opportunity to work with the professionals and on the projects who are currently leading the way in the industry.

Our aim is for our graduates to go on to work in and become leaders and/or a part of the dramatic writing industry both in London, regionally and internationally.

About the course

  • The Course is of 60 weeks in duration, arranged across two academic years that consist of 6 terms of 10 weeks.
  • MADW is credit rated at 180 credits and is comprised of two Units: Unit 1 (60 credits) for the first 20 weeks of the Course followed by Unit 2 (120 credits) that runs for the remaining 40 weeks.
  • Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Information Officer
020 7514 7023