Screenwriting for Film & Television

This MA represents a serious opportunity to develop the art and craft of screenwriting and related ancillary skills to a high level. You will have already demonstrated an aptitude for writing (through your undergraduate studies or your portfolio work), and by the end of the course, you will have written a full-length feature script or a pilot episode of a television drama. On the course, you will acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the craft of screenwriting, and gain a clear understanding of the stages of writing from idea to final draft. You will learn to understand the opportunities that exist in the film and television industries, as well as matters relating to copyright and contracts.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
• Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level.
• Portfolio submission, as part of your application.
• Applicants may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process. Applicants in this category will be required to present a qualifying essay of a standard
• that demonstrates their ability to undertake work at MA level.
• Two references must also support your application.

Please note
Portfolio: Applicants must submit a portfolio for assessment. This should include substantial relevant written material such as scripts, screenplays, work published or produced for screen or radio, poetry, stories, etc. Include at least two script ideas in your portfolio application. These can be in the form of a synopsis, treatment or first draft.


1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part time).
When do classes take place?

Full-time attendance: 2 days a week (total attendance aggregated over a week).
Part-time attendance: 1 day a week.

Careers or further progression

What will I be able to do when I graduate?

Careers may be found in the film/television industry as screenwriters, script editors and/or in teaching.

Further enquiries

Paul Freaney
Course Co-ordinator
Phone: +353 1 239 4706

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
• The Craft of Screenwriting,
• Film Theory and History,
• Dramatic and Literary Traditions,
• Main Project.

Course fee

Fees €6,000 (full-time) or €3,000 per annum (part-time)(in 2016/2017).

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