MA Film (Screenwriting)
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 to 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 to give you the knowledge needed to write your first feature, moving from pitch to treatment to final draft within a year. Alongside this, in your first term, you’ll be asked to write scenes that can be shot with our actors and directors as well as a ten-minute short you can pitch to the rest of the cohort. In the second term, our focus shifts to longer form storytelling. Looking at dramatic structures and series design, you’ll work in a writer’s room to shape your very own series and write an episode. The final term is entirely focused on your feature, ensuring that you leave us with a calling card script you can be proud of.
Applicants who are unsure as to which pathway they should apply for are encouraged to contact the course team for an informal discussion before making an application. Should you choose to apply for more than one pathway, your portfolio should demonstrate your interest and experience in each individual area and therefore more than one portfolio may be required.
You will study a number of specified modules and then have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest.
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
You will undertake a four-week, in-depth placement with a key Wales-based production company
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
You will work with industry professionals, practitioners, staff and fellow students from across USW on a substantial film project, utilising your chosen craft skill
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 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%).
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.
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.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
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.
Please provide evidence of a website or relevant digital portfolio as part of your application. This should be a link provided in the first section of your personal statement or uploaded as a pdf in section 12 of the application form.
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 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: £10250
Full-time International: £15850
August 2025 - July 2026 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
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Optional purchase of personal laptop/PC and associated software, depending on technical requirements of specialism
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Optional purchase of Digital Video Camera depending on the student’s chosen specialism and expertise
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Optional purchase of Sound Recording Equipment depending on the student’s chosen specialism and expertise
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).
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
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.