Course Overview

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.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2. GPA 3.0 or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the Honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 (Merit 2) degree may be admitted to the PDip course, with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their coursework during the year.

Students may only apply for the MA. Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted with relevant professional experience via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.


Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15

Closing Date

You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

MA—90, PG Dip—60

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYA38

Course Outline

The year is divided into two teaching semesters: September to December and January to April. During the first semester, students focus on the craft of dramatic writing and develop a feature film idea to treatment stage. This is complemented by the study of film history and practical experience of collaborative short film-making. The second semester expands into wider areas of screen narrative, including TV and web drama, through a series of practical, immersive workshops with industry professionals. Students develop either a first draft feature film or TV drama screenplay and expand their study of film and other media forms. The summer period is dedicated to the writing of a final draft of a feature length screenplay or TV drama script and bible. The course is a full-time, 12-month programme, which runs from September to August of each year.

There are some scholarship opportunities available for this programme. Please visit the MA (Humanities) Scholarships website for more information.

MODULES

Core:

  • Screenwriting Fundamentals
  • Screenplay Development
  • Film History 1
  • Short Film Making
  • Writing for the Small Screen

Options may include:

  • Film History 2
  • Film Exhibition, Administration and Curation
  • Digital Film and Culture
  • Applied Dramaturgy

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Why Choose This Course?

As a student on this programme you will experience small, intimate classes providing close interaction with lecturers and industry professionals. Classes are taught by experienced practitioners, who will guide you in the development of a comprehensive portfolio of writing work. As a student at the Huston School you will be part of a collaborative creative community, working with students across a range of MA programmes to develop your writing skills and your understanding of the history and craft of filmmaking. You will also have all the opportunities which come from studying at one of the world’s top Universities, including access to a range of seminars and high-profile guest speakers, who have in the past included Gabriel Byrne, Laura Mulvey, Lenny Abrahamson, Roddy Doyle, Donald Clarke and Stephen Frears. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the MA in Screenwriting include an Oscar nominee as well as numerous winners of national and international awards. Our students have gone on to success in various areas of the film and television industry as writers, directors, producers and script editors. Projects by Screenwriting students have achieved funding through RTE’s Storyland, BBC Northern Irelands Tony Doyle Bursary and the Irish Film Board short and feature film initiatives.  The graduate script MY BROTHERS by Will Collins opened to acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh in 2010, and his subsequent feature, SONG OF THE SEA, was nominated for an Oscar in 2015. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,015 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€5,791 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2016/17

M.A. EU Full time programme:  €6,015; P.Dip. EU Full time programme:  €5,965.

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

 

Find out More

Jenny Roche | Dee Quinn
T: 353 91 494 182 | +353 91 495 076
E: jenny.roche@nuigalway.ie | dee.quinn@nuigalway.ie 
http://www.filmschool.ie/programmes/mapgrad.dip-screenwriting

What Our Students Say

Janet

Janet Hayes |   MA Screenwriting 2015: Writer Quinn & O’Grady, RTE Storyland

Not only will you fine-tune your writing with superb feedback from highly experience staff, you will also delve into film history , explore world cinema and enjoy a range of master classes from industry experts. The Huston School is an intimate space right in the heart of a vibrant, friendly city. Highly recommended.
William

William Collins |   MA Screenwriting 2006: Oscar Nominee 2015 'Song of the Sea'

For me, the Huston is a place where passion for the medium of film and storytelling is nurtured and encouraged in a warm intimate environment. Without it, I know I would not be working as a screenwriter today. There, I was handed the tools which help create a screenplay and my cinematic horizon was broadened. It also serves a more important role by creating a community of like-minded people. They are the people sitting next to you who share your love and encourage you long after the term has ended. The Huston School is a wonderful place to study.