Certificate in Screenwriting

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The Certificate in Screenwriting offers a basic introduction to the theory and practice of screenwriting.  The core objective of the programme is twofold: to verse students in the craft of screenwriting, and help them explore and express their own ideas in an encouraging, supportive and fun environment.


Who is this course intended for?

The Certificate programme is open to anyone with an interest in film and screenwriting

Key facts

Entry requirements

The Certificate programme is open to anyone with an interest in film and screen writing who wish to explore their ideas and writing skills.

Additional requirements


Duration: 1 year, part-time

Next start date: Please contact the Programme Coordinator

ECTS weighting: 15

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: August 31st, 2015.

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

The course will comprise of 3 core modules:


1. Introduction to Screenwriting: Writing a Short Film


Aims & Objectives

To introduce students to the idea and reality of cinematic writing.

To help students explore and develop their own ideas and writing style.


Assessment: Short Film Script (5 ECTS)


2. Screenwriting Theory & Practice: Developing a Feature Film Idea


Aims & Objectives

To advance understanding of the fundamentals of screenwriting and the craft of story structure

To develop student’s writing practice; to ’pitch’ ideas and write synopses and treatments.

To analyse their own and classmate’s work.


Assessment: Feature Film Synopsis and Treatment. (5 ECTS)


3.   New Screen Stories: Writing for TV and Digital Narrative


Aims & Objectives

To expose students to the various outlets for screen narrative.

To develop ideas and writing style appropriate for different outlets.

To explore emerging opportunities for screen story; e.g animation & gaming.


Assessment: TV Drama or Web Drama Proposal and Outline (5 ECTS)



Applications and selections

Application Open Date: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015: Apply here


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:

-          Job-seekers Benefit

-          Job-seekers Allowance

-          One-parent family allowance

-          Disability allowance

-          Community Employment Scheme

-          or signing for social insurance contribution credits

2015-2016 Fee Scholarship Application Form

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information. Supporting documentation relating to the above eligibility categories will be required as part of your scholarship application (e.g. a letter from the Dept. of Social Protection).

Requirements and assessment

Overall assessment is made on the basis of continuous assessment during each module. Students will be given weekly course work and a module assignment on which continuous feedback will be provided

Find out more

Ms Jenny Roche
Huston School of Film & Digital Media
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 494182
Email: jenny.roche@nuigalway.ie


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €970 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €1,470 p.a. 2015/16

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.


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Past students

Jamie Sweeney

I cannot recommend this course highly enough. It gave me a much clearer understanding of how to write a script as well as recognising the fundamental principles that make a story “work”. The modules focused on the core values of screenwriting and were brilliantly taught by experienced writers and film-makers with a love and passion for the craft. Along with the fantastic teaching staff I met a group of like-minded, talented people who all gained a great deal from the classes and projects. Through this course I managed to develop two short scripts which are currently under option with a production company. Anyone with a genuine interest in screenwriting should do this course.