Structure Learning and assessment MA screenwriting

Structure Learning and assessment MA screenwriting

Our vibrant studio culture, within the heart of Pinewood Studios is designed to inspire your creativity and workplace based learning. You will have access to all the different facilities within Pinewood and Creative Media skills, as well as the film companies ‘on the lot’ that CMS has built relationships with, to assist you with your projects. Teaching is delivered primarily through lectures and practical sessions from industry mentors, with access to keynote lectures and support from Creative Media Skills. Extensive use is made of web based tools – including Facebook – to support an enthusiastic course community, and industry mentors will be on hand via 1:1 Skype Video calls throughout the course to support you. Additional learning materials are also offered online.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Teaching, learning and assessment:

540 hours

Independent learning:

1260 hours


Assessment is varied; catering for different learning styles and enabling you to develop a wide range of academic and performance skills.  We do not have any written exams and where possible encourage you to develop your own response to open briefs, giving students a choice over their work.

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.


How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Since our incorporation in 2012 we have trained crew members who have worked on many of the major international blockbuster films and high‐end TV productions made in the UK such as: StarWars The Force awakens, Rogue 1, Spectre, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, Game of Thrones, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Jurassic World 2, Star Wars the Last Jedi, Marco Polo, Outlander, Jason Bourne, Pan, Wonder Woman, Ready Player One, King Arthur legend of the Sword, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy to name a few. Since our incorporation in 2012 we have provided over 5000 Film and TV professionals with targeted CPD training and seen over half of them go onto work at the top level on over 60 of the largest scale films made in the UK.

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and a good leader. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

Our partners

Film forever
Creative Skill Set
Buckinghamshire College Group
Bucks New University
Creative England
Creative Scotland
The Maestri
Movie Tech
Mattes & Miniatures
Lift-Off Film Festival
Film Design International
De Montfort University