Postgraduate Courses

FAM5043S Writing for Television: Masters

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener

Dr Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk

Entrance requirements

Acceptance for an master's programme and permission of the course convener.

Course outline

In this course, students will write 1 one-hour procedural script and 1 one-hour drama script each to be accompanied by a reflexive exegesis of 3000 words where the student engages with his or her own work. Students will be expected to engage not only with the challenge of writing for the medium of television instead of film, but with the demands of writing for the longer format. As with
the course on writing for film, their understanding of genre will extend beyond merely grasping the formula to exploring how to produce innovative and genre-bending scripts that engage with deeper issues of human experience, taking special note of the intimacy, immediacy and affect of the televisual medium. Their writing will be informed by the examination of theories of screenwriting and storytelling and the exposure to, and analysis of, a range of televisual examples.

DP requirements

Attendance at all classes; punctual submission of written work.


20 % essay; pitch and series outline; 60% final group scripts (4x 10 minutes for MA students).