MA Comedy Writing
You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.
*Please note: the order of modules may differ to that stated below.
|Comic Storytelling for Screen & Audio
|Screen Industries: Professional Development in Comedy
|Individual Comedy Script Development
|Comedy Writer's Room: Collaborative Script Development
|Final Major Project
Module one - Comic Storytelling for Screen & Audio (30 credits)
We begin the course by asking fundamental questions such as, what is comedy? Why do we tell funny stories? How do we tell funny stories? In this module, you will develop your comedy writing skills - both sketch and long form narrative comedy - looking at comic timing and beats, construction of scenes, the role of setting and characterisation. You will complete a set of writing briefs which will become part of your final portfolio of work showcasing your comedy writing style, voice and ability to work to a brief.
Module two - Screen Industries: Professional Development in Comedy (30 credits)
In this module, you will identify a comedic area of interest. After undertaking research, you will produce a case study that evaluates current comedy industry markets and opportunities. In response to your findings, you will develop a robust pitch document incorporating core ideas, the writer’s vision, a short synopsis, description of genre, tone, setting, character and sample scenes. You will gain a range of technical writing and project development skills as you work to produce industry-standard comedy writing with real commercial and creative potential.
Module three - Individual Comedy Script Development (30 credits)
In this module, you will hone your ability to generate comedy script ideas. You will explore the art of combining comedy with drama, and sustaining a comic narrative and theme in a feature film, television or online/audio comedy series. You will learn to frame your practice within the professional comedy scriptwriting industries through analysing the work of renowned scriptwriters and directors and reflecting on professional trends, markets and opportunities.
Module four - Comedy Writers’ Room: Collaborative Script Development (30 credits)
This module is divided into two parts giving students the unique opportunity to work collaboratively on a professional TV comedy brief within a commercial setting. In the first ten weeks, working in Script Development Teams, you will develop a host of industry proposal documents. In the final two weeks, you will assume the roles of client/commissioner for each brief assessing the project proposal of the other team and deciding whether to ‘green-light’ each project.
Final Major Project (60 credits)
Your studies culminate in a major script development project for a platform/medium of your choosing. You will have the option to develop further work that you have produced on other modules or work on a completely new concept. You will begin by researching, proposing and pitching your project. You will receive formative feedback, and continue writing until you have produced a polished, industry-standard final draft.
You may choose to:
- Study entirely online.
- Study online and attend optional face to face events
You will be given the opportunity to attend up to two events per academic year and dates and location of the events will vary. Events usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules. More information is available on the face to face events page.
On this MA you will be taught by prolific and award-winning industry professionals passionate about nurturing new talent, and you will have access to their extensive network and experience producing high-profile comedy shows.
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There will be guided learning activities consisting of:
- Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts
- Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue
- Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors
- Individual and group tutorials throughout the course
- Independent study
- Self-evaluation and peer feedback
As a Falmouth student, you enjoy an equal status to students studying on campus:
- Your own student ID card
- Access to online software tutorials at lynda.com
- 24/7 online access to library resources
- Students’ Union community
- Access to our Student Support Services offering academic and personal support.
You will need:
- An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification
- To submit up to five pages of a script for either radio, TV or film. It's your choice, but it must be a comedy script, not any other genre, that best shows off your comedy writing. Please also submit a 300-word piece of writing considering an old sitcom, which is no longer running. The piece of writing should clearly tell us why you've picked this show for reinvention now. Please describe how you'll modernise and reinvent the show to be a relevant must-watch for today's audience. You should give consideration as to who will star in this production, and your vision for the show.
- Proof of proficiency in English (minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening or TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) with a minimum of 88 overall and at least 21 in all 4 components).
We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 or view our handy article:
In order to participate fully in the course, you will need to purchase screenwriting software.
There are a variety of options available - please call our course advisor team on +44 (0)1223 447713 for advice on what to buy.
- Submit an online application form.
- Submit a copy of your first degree certificate or Level 6 equivalent qualification and your IELTS/TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language
Please contact us on +44 (0)1223 447713 for free advice from our friendly and knowledgeable course advisors.
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