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Scriptwriting for Film and TV

Taught by Mike Garley, Emmy-nominated script-writer, this intensive course explores all the major elements and craft components of dramatic script writing, from structure to characterisation, dialogue, professional formatting and more.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in either our spring or autumn term. Check out the term dates and different course options below.

Dates

Tuesday 4 October – Tuesday 6 December 2022

Duration and times

10 Tuesdays 18.00–21.00

Tutor

Mike Garley

Fee

£329

Class capacity

14

Dates

Tuesday 17 January – Tuesday 21 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Tuesdays 18.00–21.00

Tutor

Mike Garley

Fee

£329

Class capacity

14

Course details

Before a producer, director or editor can start work on a project, the screenwriter must develop a creative and interesting concept. Blending the requirement for an engaging narrative with an idea work on screen, the art of screenwriting is a unique challenge that requires creativity and a thorough understanding of screenwriting and genre conventions.

Each evening, a different area of skill will be studied using presentations and relevant examples. Individual ideas/projects are welcome to be shared for group feedback discussions.

You'll explore working to a brief: treatment, synopses, adaptations. receive practical advice on layouts and presentation of scripts and carry out analysis of key sequences from a variety of films.

Similarly, you'll examine and understand the demands and expectations of the industry, which includes how to sell yourself and market your script.

  • Exploration of screen writing and genre conventions
  • Understanding of the major elements and craft components of dramatic script writing, from structure to characterisation, dialogue, and professional formatting
  • Understanding the skills required to interpret a brief
  • Exploring ways to work to and tackle a brief, including treatment, synopses and adaptations
  • Group discussions and feedback to develop ideas and concepts
  • Offline resources specific to each week’s lesson, including articles, PowerPoint presentations, and sample industry documents
  • Fun homework assignments to highlight and illustrate the various demands of screenwriting craft
  • An examination of the demands and expectations of the industry, including how to sell yourself and market your script
  • Honest and practical guide (along with personal insights!) into making it in the industry once the course is finished

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Mike Garley

Mike Garley is an EMMY-nominated writer who has written for Adventure Time, Wallace and Gromit and Image Comics’ 24 panels anthology.

The course aims to:

  • Enable you to go from understanding beginner-style elements to embracing advanced technique in just 10 weeks
  • Provide an inspiring and constructive way forward for you and your projects
  • Be completely honest and transparent about the realities of the industry. Less ‘dare to dream’, more ‘focus and write’
  • Explore your original voice – discovering where your screenwriting talents best lie

  • You'll have a clear overview of the industry, its expectations and how to progress within it, along with the necessary tools to write compelling original scripts
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk

This introductory course assumes students possess no previous knowledge and is suitable for beginners, or those with some previous knowledge who wish to improve their understanding. Suitable for budding scriptwriters aged 18+.

A good imagination and an open mind!

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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FAQs

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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