MA Dramatic Writing explores the theory and practice of dramatic writing for performance and production across theatre, film, television, radio and digital media. The industry for dramatic writing is a demanding one, which requires confidence and intelligent insight to truly thrive. The MA Dramatic Writing curriculum reflects the complex relationship between writer and their work as a piece of performance. It recognises that in the contemporary scriptwriting industry, writers are increasingly required to be flexible and work across various media and platforms.
The course will provide you with a challenging, supportive and inclusive postgraduate environment for the development of your writing. It aims to develop your creative abilities to produce original, innovative work which explores the central concerns and the boundaries of dramatic storytelling and scriptwriting. MA Dramatic Writing will enable you to create new work and test new ideas through practice, performance and collaboration, preparing you for on-going professional practice.
Unit 1: The Writer’s Skills and Practices
Unit 1 examines the techniques, issues and debates surrounding the theory and practice of dramatic writing. It covers different forms including theatre, TV, film, radio and digital media.
Unit 2: The Writer’s Voice and Vision
In Unit 2, you will progress your personal projects and portfolio, through consultation with tutors, visiting professionals and your peers. It engages with questions surrounding voice and identity, vision and ambition. Unit 2 spans both years of the course and sees study become more tailored towards your own interests.
Unit 3: Final Portfolio
Unit 3 is an intensive period of study, in which you will finish developing, exploring and realising your voice as a writer. It solidifies your studies in what it means to forge your career as a dramatic writer.
Mode of study
MA Dramatic Writing is offered in extended full-time Mode which runs for 60 weeks over two academic years. You will be expected to commit 30 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.
The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue studies, while also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.
Credit and award requirements
The course is credit-rated at 180 credits.
On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree).
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only.
If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.