Television Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS

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Course summary

Get the training, connections and experiences you need to make your mark in television. GCU's MA TV Fiction Writing master's degree is the only full-time master's degree focusing solely on writing TV drama for the UK. Created in close collaboration with industry to maximise your employment opportunities, the MATV master's degree from Glasgow Caledonian University provides you with a full range of industry experiences and supports you in developing your own original drama. Instruction from both academic experts and top TV scriptwriters in British television Working in class on current television shows with guest speakers from those shows Individual mentoring from experienced television professionals Direct access to producers and commissioners Support from a professional script doctor Opportunity to graduate with two calling card scripts ready to take to market We'll teach you to story conference, storyline and edit scripts - all with direct input from the BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers. Study your postgraduate master's degree with us and benefit from the university’s global reputation for academic excellence - combining academic theory with practical skills in a thriving and diverse community that shares a belief in the Common Good. Communication, cultural and media studies research Communications, culture and media research is joint first in Scotland for its outstanding impact (Times Higher Education). Communications, culture and media research is ranked fourth in Scotland (Times Higher Education). One hundred per cent of our communications, culture and media research impact is world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2021). Seventy-three per cent of communications-related research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2021). Find out more. Your career With the hands-on experience offered in our MA Television Fiction Writing degree, you'll graduate uniquely prepared to launch an exciting new career in the field. GCU has built a reputation amongst employers including Warner Bros. Entertainment UK and Shed Productions for training creative and accomplished professionals who leave the TV master's degree ready to make meaningful contributions to television. You may also choose to pursue further academic work.


There are four main strands to this masters: Story and Script Techniques (two modules) You will study storytelling and narrative, genre, character and voice, developing your critical and evaluative skills as well as your creative writing talents. Writing for Existing Long-running TV Drama (two modules) You will gain a thorough understanding of how creative and writing processes work on long-running dramas such as soap operas or medical dramas and then write your own mock storylines and scripts. Creating Original TV Drama (two modules) You will tackle the challenge of creating your own original drama in the context of current commissioning trends. Researching TV Drama Markets You will explore the terrain of the TV fiction market, the main channels (home and abroad) and commissioning policies and audiences in order to enhance their market readiness. Module list Story and Script Techniques (two modules); Writing for Existing Long-Running TV Drama (two modules); Creating Original TV Drama (two modules); Researching TV Drama Markets; Independent Script Project.

Assessment method

Students on this course are assessed by continuous assessment.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent and evidence of creative writing experience. Evidence of creative writing experience In the personal statement section of the application form, candidates must demonstrate evidence of prior interest and/or achievement in writing fiction for television and/or the general field of creative writing. This must be supported by samples of personal creative writing (up to three short pieces such as: short stories, scene from play or screenplay). These works do not need to have been published or performed. Additionally, applicants must make a clear and unequivocal statement of why they wish to pursue a career in television writing. Interview/Test Candidates will also be required to attend and pass an interview and test as part of the application process. The test will consist of a previously unseen scripting exercise conducted under class test conditions. Further information regarding the interview and test will be provided after review of a candidate's application. English language Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7No element below 6.5

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Television Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS