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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


Summer term 2021
Thursday 17 June - Thursday 19 August 2021

Autumn term 2021
Tuesday 5 October – Tuesday 7 December 2021

Spring term 2022
Tuesday 25 January – Tuesday 29 March 2022

10 Thursday evenings 18.00-21.00
10 Tuesday evenings 18.00-21.00

Mike Garley



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 that will 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.

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

Students shall examine and understand the demands and expectations of the industry, which includes how to sell yourself and market your script.

  • Offline resources specific to each week’s lesson. Articles, PowerPoint presentations, sample industry documents, etc
  • Fun homework assignments to highlight and illustrate the various demands of screenwriting craft
  • 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 a writer 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 each student’s original voice – discovering where their screenwriting talents best lie

  • At the end of the course, students will 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 detailing course contents, and study hours

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.

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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