Glasgow is Scotland’s media centre, and Glasgow Caledonian University is a major contributor, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which are highly relevant to the sector.
The MA Television Fiction Writing, one of our flagship programmes, is the only dedicated postgraduate course of its type in the UK. We have worked with leading figures in the sector to create an intensive one- year course that will give aspiring TV drama writers, from all backgrounds, the tools and access they need to embark upon or strengthen a successful career in television fiction writing.
In the three years since it has launched in 2009, the programme has attracted significant financial support for scholarships from companies including Shed Media Group, Fremantle, MG Alba, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Screen, BBC writersroom and the Shelagh Anne Venning Trust.
The aim of the programme is to give students the knowledge and skills to be “industry ready”. Students work intensively on at least two drama series, transmitting on British television now. They learn how to story conference, storyline, write scripts and edit these dramas, shadowing the real life dramas as they transmit. Uniquely the course is led by writers working in the industry who continue to write for British television.
The course also benefits from input from Shed Productions (New Tricks, Waterloo Road, Footballers Wives), as well as the BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers.
Throughout the programme, students receive:
Our scholarships allow anyone with the talent and ambition to succeed access to our expertise, regardless of their ability to pay.
A number of full fee scholarships of £8,500 supported by industry leaders (below) are available for the most talented writers with further financial support available for those who need it most.
Scholarships are available to UK and EU students only. The application process for scholarships is separate from the admissions process, although you can do both at the same time. We will be asking all short listed applicants for the programme to come for interview and test, and we'll conduct scholarship interviews on the same day. Deadline: 30 July 2013
If you have any questions or need help applying, please contact the Programme Leader:
Dr Catriona Miller
T: 44 (0) 141 331 8097
Alternatively, if you would like to help bring new writers with fresh voices into the world of television drama by supporting a scholarship, visit GCU Alumni.