YAFTA’s Applied Screenwriting Diploma course is a one year blended learning course which requires attendance for 3 hours per week for 3 semesters of the year. In addition to the compulsory contact hours, students will have a distance learning element of the course to complete between sessions.

A Unique Approach

YAFTA’s Applied Screenwriting Diploma

During our Applied Screenwriting Diploma Course, projects that students complete will be produced and developed by YAFTA Film & TV Production diploma students and YAFTA Acting for Screen diploma students. This is a unique experience which isn’t offered by any other screenwriting course in the North of the UK. The experience is invaluable in the development of screenwriting skills because much of your learning will happen through the process of seeing your script being brought to life. This holistic approach to training at YAFTA gives students a realistic idea of how your role as screenwriter fits within the wider team of creatives working on a production and will prepare you for working as a screenwriter in the film & TV industry.


YAFTA’s Applied Screenwriting Diploma


To teach the technical and practical aspects of screenwriting enabling students to gain work in the industry.


To provide networking opportunities with industry professionals working in mainstream film & TV


To provide students with practical experience of working within a film & TV production team.

Students will see their scripts brought to life into a TV episode and will be involved in the whole production process.


For those at beginner level and there are no age restrictions. For those who wish to pursue careers as screenwriters. If English is not your first language you must possess a good level of written English language ability. Students must be computer literate and have access to a laptop or computer throughout the course.



Simon Stirling

The course tutor for YAFTA’s Applied Screenwriting Diploma Course is University Lecturer and experienced TV scriptwriter, Simon Stirling.

Simon trained as an actor at LAMDA before turning professional as a full-time freelance scriptwriter. In a diverse career, he has written for mainstream television drama series, developed new TV drama projects for a range of media companies and broadcasters, scripted programmes for the Open University and won a Writers’ Guild Award for ‘Best Original Drama Series’, as well as publishing a number of history books.

He has been a film and television consultant for SCRIPT (Arts Council England/Screen West Midlands) and has taught a great many workshops and courses in scriptwriting, some of them under the auspices of the UK Film Council.

Currently, Simon lectures in Screenwriting at the University of Worcester and is developing new drama material for the international market.

Simon’s TV writing credits include but are not limited to: The Bill (Thames TV) Between the Lines (BBC/Island World) Back-up (BBC) Soldier, Soldier (BBC) Casualty (BBC)

Equity and Royal Television Society Student membership

How to apply


Stage One

Please complete the application form.


Stage two

Those successful at stage 1 will be contacted by phone to discuss their application further.


Stage three

Applicants will be advised as to whether or not they have been successful or not.


£3995 (Incl. VAT)

Location: YAFTA 101-103 Kirkstall Road Leeds LS3 1JL

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course brochure


If you would like further information about YAFTA’s Applied Screenwriting Diploma course please contact us at [email protected]. Full course information including the course syllabus can be found in our course brochure. If you would like to request a course brochure please complete the expression of interest form or e-mail [email protected].

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