GCU’s ground-breaking MA Television Fiction Writing programme has attracted over half a million pounds in scholarships, providing life changing opportunities to budding writers. Since the launch of the programme in 2008, scholarships have been supported by industry leaders including Warner Bros, BBC Scotland, MG Alba, Shed Media, Larkhall Films and Fremantle Media. In 2015 the University also established a scholarship in honour of writer, actor and Honorary Graduate, the late David McLennan.
What makes the programme unique is the level of industry engagement it provides, with students benefitting from guest talks and masterclasses from well-known actors and writers. Recent visits have included ‘Line of Duty’s creator, Jed Mercurio, and its star Martin Compston, Phil Redmond creator of Grange Hill and Brookside , Taggart star Blythe Duff, acclaimed director, actor and producer David Hayman, and the man behind some of Britain’s most successful dramas, Professor Mal Young.
Our graduates have stepped into roles on TV programmes including Eastenders, Hollyoaks and Doctors, as a result of their engagement with industry professionals.
If I hadn’t done this course, I wouldn’t be a television writer. Fact.