Course Overview

Please note that this programme will not be taking applications for the academic year beginning September 2017.

The MA in Screenwriting is an exciting and challenging programme which provides in-depth training in the art of writing for film within a supportive learning environment. The programme has three core objectives: to teach the craft of writing screen narrative, to help students find their own voice as writers, and to encourage the development of critical and analytical skills. Emerging graduates are equipped to engage in various areas of screen narrative, including writing for film and television, new and emerging forms of digital narrative, script development and editing, and film criticism and analysis.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Jenny Roche, MA

Jenny is a 2004 graduate of this programme. She has worked as a writer, actor and short film director in Ireland and New York, and has had work commissioned and funded by the BBC, RTE, Irish Film Board and production companies including Ferndale Films and Wide Eye Films. Her short films ‘Butterflies & Bees’ and ‘Thursdays Child’ have screened at Film Festivals in Ireland, UK, US, Canada and Australia, and she has had a number of feature scripts commissioned and funded. She currently writes for RTE’s Fair City. She has taught screenwriting at the Huston School of Film since 2006.

Molly O’Driscoll, MA

Molly O’Driscoll is a screenwriter, script reader and script editor based in Galway. Together with co-writer Ivan McMahon, she formed the production company Two Hungry Fish Productions to develop and produce high quality shorts, feature films and TV drama, a number of which have been funded by the Irish Film Board and RTE.

Shane Perez, MA

Shane has worked as a screenwriter, journalist, script editor and reader on both sides of the Atlantic, including extensive work with the Irish Film Board as well as many of the major New York based production companies such as Miramax and New Line. His screenplay Blood & Sand was the Best Screenplay winner at the 2009 London Independent Film Festival and was subsequently chosen for the prestigious eQuinoxe Germany screenwriting workshop. Alongside his film work, Shane has written extensively for children’s animation, including episodes of the Sony/ BRB Internacional children’s cartoon Invizimals, and Aurora World’s forthcoming animated series CubyZoo.

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment on all modules are designed to develop students’ writing and presentation skills, as well as their ability to undertake individual and group work and to critically assess their own work and that of their peers. Students will be mentored across the year towards the completion of a feature film or television drama script as their major project. They will also complete critical essays, presentations, script assessments and writing journals within the various modules on the course.