What will I learn?

Course Overview

The Drama Writing MA is led by renowned playwrights Stephanie Dale with David Edgar. This pioneering course aims to nurture students to find their distinctive voices as writers for stage, screen and radio. The course is delivered through masterclasses, workshops and seminars delivered by top industry professionals and experienced practitioners.

This highly practical course is innovative in its approach by immersing future playwrights within the whole theatre and screen portfolio. By building professional assurance through artistic practice, students will develop a systematic understanding of dramatic writing as an art, craft and business.

The Drama Writing programme is delivered through masterclasses, workshops and seminars delivered by top industry professionals and experienced practitioners.

This is a full-time course, but contact hours will normally be concentrated into two days a week (Thursday and Friday), with four ‘intensive weeks’ spread through the year. The Writers’ Hub is a dedicated space for teaching & learning, individual writing and for the group to programme activities.

Students will gain an understanding of how directors and actors unpack text. They will also have their scripts examined in practice as actors bring their scripts to life at various points through the course. Students will have access to industry standard facilities including a dedicated writers’ room, a radio drama studio and film department.

This course is delivered from a practitioners’ perspective and the hands-on experience will ensure an excellent start to graduates’ careers and prepare them for employment by providing a practical and critical understanding of commissioning and other industry processes.

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has a renowned literary pedigree, and enjoys relationships with theatres across the city, south west and nationally. For instance, the School mounts productions in partnership with the Bristol Old Vic, Redgrave Theatre and Tobacco Factory, amongst others, on a regular basis, ensuring that students experience practical application of their craft in professional settings.

Which department am I in?

Acting

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£24,600.00 (US$ 32,542) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

2 Downside Road,

Clifton,

Bristol,

BS8 2XF, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£24,600.00 (US$ 32,542) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Christchurch Studios

38 Portland St,

Clifton,

Bristol,

BS8 4JB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Normally, successful candidates will have a first degree. It is expected that all candidates will have some demonstrated experience of dramatic writing. Candidates would be expected to have either substantial writing experience in a non-drama medium or have been working in the drama industry and now wish to develop their writing skills. An example of drama writing will be required as part of the selection process. Applicants will be interviewed by two members of staff, including the Head of Course or Artistic Director. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency through a relevant qualification, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which can also be used to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For MA Drama Writing, an overall score of 7.0 is normally required, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
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