NFTS Scotland Certificate: Screenwriting - Finding Your Voice at National Film and Television School - UCAS

Course summary

Roughly 50,000 screenplays are registered every year with the WGA, and at least as many TV concepts are out there right now. In this highly competitive world of writing for film and television, the screenwriter can’t merely learn the principles, art and craft of screenwriting to ensure success. A ‘good story well told’ is simply not enough. In this five month Certificate Course, delivered primarily online, writers are encouraged to bring their point of view to the fore, mining their unique experience and passion. An individual ‘voice’ is the currency of the writer – it’s what shapes our work, makes it distinctive, and most importantly, makes it sell. To make our mark in this demanding and overcrowded industry we need to develop stories that only we can write. Over the course of five months, in group sessions and one-to-one phone calls, the selected participants will be encouraged to use their own individual voice, learn to trust their instinct, take risks and turn their fears, hopes and obsessions into unique scripts. What you will study How can screenwriters put themselves ahead of the game and grab an audience’s attention? Are there lessons from the world’s master screenwriters? Is it a coincidence that successful screenwriters often return to the same themes and write different versions of the same core story over again? Could it be that the key to their success is that they are writing from a place of unique emotional truth and it’s this that really connects with audiences the world over? Participants in this course will adopt a variety of methods to discover what makes them tick as a writer, what stories resonate emotionally with them and go on to implement these home truths into working practice. Over the course they will learn to hone their voice, develop market-ready treatments and write a full-length screenplay for a feature film or pilot for a TV series. The goal, on successful completion of the course, is to have a number of projects at various stages of development that are ready to be presented to the industry. Classes will be held weekly in the evening online over 23 weeks, where students will develop a number of stories from concept through to treatment to script via a combination of discussions, exercises and talks. They will be expected to write in their own time and deliver work in advance of each class. In addition, participants will be supported by one-to-one phonecalls for individual feedback and guidance. A group forum will be available via an on-line platform. Course Leader: The course will be led by Colin McLaren who has many years’ experience as a screenwriter for film and TV.

Entry requirements

We’re looking for people who are passionate about screen stories and eager to pursue or further develop a career in screenwriting. You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements are needed for this course. Previous experience of writing screenplays, or knowledge gained from a University or College media course, would be advantageous, but not essential. In addition to what we hope will be a solid portfolio of work-in-progress to polish and present to the industry, successful completion could lead to an interview for those interested in applying to the two-year MA Course in Screenwriting at the NFTS. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £3650 Whole course
Northern Ireland £3650 Whole course
Scotland £3650 Whole course
Wales £3650 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fees for 2024 to be confirmed
NFTS Scotland Certificate: Screenwriting - Finding Your Voice at National Film and Television School - UCAS