MA Film (Screen Writing)

MA Film is a new opportunity to study film at Postgraduate level in Cardiff. The course provides a strong general grounding in the needs of the contemporary British Film and Television industry with opportunities to develop and hone key skills via multiple pathways that lead directly different career opportunities. By combining these different disciplines, students gain the opportunity to collaborate with each other, with other USW students and with industry professionals to develop their skills to a higher level.

The MA Film (Screenwriting) pathway is designed specifically for students who wish to combine a broader education in the film & TV industry and general film making skills with building their screenwriting portfolio and skills.

This course is subject to validation.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year January Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will study a number of specified modules and then have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest.

Modules include:

Industry Studies

This module will give you an overview of the current film & TV production landscape in Wales, UK and beyond

Specialist Craft Practice/Advanced Specialist Craft Practice

This module will allow you to develop their skills to the industry standard in one key area of expertise

Industry Placement

You will undertake a four-week, in-depth placement with a key Wales-based production company

Collaborative Practice

This module will give you the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students from across the course and Faculty of Creative Industries on a short film

Production Project

You will work with industry professionals, practitioners, staff and fellow students from across USW on a substantial film project, utilising your chosen craft skill

Teaching

Students on the MA Film course will be taught via a mix of workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as guest lectures and masterclasses from industry professionals.

Assessment

Assessment will be via a series of practical assessments based around live briefs and production projects (70%), combined with written reflections and critical analysis of students’ work (30%).

Placements

The course features a unique, in depth work experience module with a local major film and tv industry employer as well as numerous opportunities for paid and unpaid work experience and shadowing with a broad range of screen industries companies.

Facilities

Students at USW Cardiff Campus benefit from industry-standard equipment, software and studio and production facilities.

There is an on-site cinema, that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and master classes.

Lecturers

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a relevant discipline or appropriate professional qualification; or an HND/HNC and relevant experience; or equivalent international qualifications. Those without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, where prior experience will be taken into account.
 

All applicants will be invited to a portfolio-based interview, which should include a show reel of recent work. During the interview, applicants will be expected to outline and discuss any project proposals or ideas they wish to develop on the course.

 

Interviews will begin in May/June.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14100 

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £1000
Optional purchase of personal laptop/PC and associated software, depending on technical requirements of specialism
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £1000
Optional purchase of Digital Video Camera depending on the student’s chosen specialism and expertise
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £1000
Optional purchase of Sound Recording Equipment depending on the student’s chosen specialism and expertise
Field Trips £100
There may be the opportunity for educational trips, such as visits to studios. In the main these will be local to the area and incur no or minimal cost. Any potential trips requiring significant travel cost will be communicated well in advance (All trips are subject to change and viability in relation to student numbers).

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Admissions statement 

The course features a unique, in-depth work experience module with a local major film and tv industry employer as well as numerous opportunities for paid and unpaid work experience and shadowing with a broad range of screen industries companies.

Graduates from this course could enter a variety of careers upon graduating. These include jobs in film & TV, screen industries and creative industries more generally.