Our Screenwriting Diploma gives you one year of intensive creative development to prepare you for life working as a screenwriter in the fast-paced, competitive and diverse film and TV environment. You will get a thorough grounding in all screenwriting specialisms, producing a huge volume of work over the course of the year, writing for shorts, television, feature films and web series. Our intensive approach to screenwriting ensures that you leave LFA with an impressive portfolio of work, adaptable writing skills and the ability to turn around script projects to tight deadlines.
At LFA we encourage students to collaborate across disciplines to expand their experience and understanding of the entire filmmaking process. Providing an extensive overview of the realities of the filmmaking industry, throughout the year sessions cover script editing and the role of development executives, script supervising, acquiring agents, copyright, legal and finance; cinema audience demographics and feature film marketing. You will improve your visual storytelling skills and see your scripts leave the page through live-reading workshops with professional directors and actors. To ensure you leave LFA industry-ready our screenwriting workshops will focus on how to outline, pitch and negotiate the sale of feature film and TV ideas to a panel of film and TV industry professionals.
Practicing industry professionals from writing, directing and producing backgrounds supervise you throughout your time on the London Film Academy Screenwriting Diploma, providing you with up-to-date industry relevant advice. Previous tutors and guest speakers have included Screenwriters Clive Bradley ('The Walking Dead’) and Sam Bain (‘Four Lions', ‘Peep Show') and Olivia Hetreed (‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’). Through group workshops, writing to a deadline, one-to-one mentoring, improvisation with actors and on-set experience you will gain a greater understanding of the demands of a screenwriter.
What Type Of Students Are We Looking For?
We are looking for committed and dedicated students who a proven passion and flair for filmmaking. We want people seeking to make a professional career in the film or television industry. You must be articulate, creating and a team player, and thrive in a practical hands-on environment working collaboratively.
What Next? MA Progression Agreement
After completing the one-year Screenwriting Diploma at London Film Academy, you then have the option for an additional year of study at one of our partner universities to complete your Master of the Arts (MA) qualification.
Progressing onto an MA qualification with us enables you to complete your studies at a reduced rate and ensures you get the best of both worlds by experiencing a year of intensive in-house screenwriting practice followed by a year of traditional university study.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, however, we may also consider students with a non-traditional background on the strength of their previous work experience and/or portfolio.
- Written work submitted prior to attending an interview - we are looking for potential creative filmmaking ability as evidenced through written material.
- All applicants must be fluent in English: English Language Level: Upper Intermediate.
- Some practical experience in film production is desirable, except in cases where students can demonstrate transferable skills in other relevant areas i.e. stage plays, novels, etc.
Alongside a completed application form online, please apply with:
- One example of your dramatic writing: The first 20 pages of a feature script or Feature film treatment of 10-15 pages or two short film screenplays or if you have no screenplay material, we will except an extract from other creative writing such as a play, short story, novel poetry.
- These extracts should be accompanied by a written explanation you are why not submitting a screenplay.
- Analytical skills: A one-page critique of a film you have seen.
- Summary skills: A one-page synopsis of the screenplay or treatment you have submitted (or 2 half-page synopsis of two short films).
Find Out More
Find out more about the Screenwriting Diploma (Including Fees & Funding): www.londonfilmacademy.com/course/Screenwriting-Diploma
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