The YAFTA Applied Screenwriting dIPLOMA
YAFTA’s Applied Screenwriting Diploma course is a one year blended learning course which requires attendance for 3 hours per week for 35 weeks 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
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. To provide networking opportunities with industry professionals currently working in mainstream film & TV. To provide students with practical experience of working within a film & TV production team. To teach students the technical and practical aspects of screenwriting to enable them to start gaining work as screenwriters in the film & television industry. 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.
syllabus

Through the 35 week course, students will cover the following modules.

Introduction
Loglines and Taglines
Premises- Pitfalls and the Basic Idea
Character, Dialogue and Exposition
Dramatic Storylines
Narrative Structure
Fearless Pitching & The Pitching Template – Feature & Short Film Pitching
Research Tools & Tips
Script Structure & Format
The 10 Film Genres
Devising The Short Film Treatment & Pitch
Delivering The Short Film Treatment & Pitch
Short Film First Draft Pages 1 – 5
Short Film First Draft Pages 6 – 10
Short Film First Draft Pages 11-20
Script Editing: Feedback/Group Work
Delivering The Second Draft
Television: Scriptwriting Process
Character Study
Recap: Narrative & Script Structure
Devising the TV Pilot Treatment & Pitch
Delivering the TV Pilot Treatment & Pitch
TV Pilot First Draft pages 1 – 10
TV Pilot First Draft pages 11 -20
TV Pilot First Draft pages 20 – 30
Delivering The Second Draft
Script Editing: Feedback/Group Work
Table Read: Refining Characters
Final Submission – TV Pilot Final Draft
Shooting The Script – Part 1
Shooting The Script – Part 2
Shooting The Script – Part 3
Shooting The Script – Part 4
Pitching Assessment Week
Final Project Delivery

Course Tutor | BARRIE RYAN ENGLISH

Barrie trained in Acting and Musical Theatre at The Oldham Theatre Workshop working alongside many well known TV & theatre stars. He then went on to undertake his formal training at the University of Hertfordshire graduating with a 1st Class degree in Performing Arts with honours, after studying various disciplines including Acting for screen, Classical & Shakespeare, commedia dell’arte, and acting in Musical Theatre.

Choosing to add to his skillset, Barrie followed his passions for screenwriting by obtaining a Masters Degree in TV, Film & Radio Script writing from the University Of Salford. Since graduating Barrie has gone on to a successful screenwriting career. He has written and developed many film and TV scripts, including a Children’s animated series for CBBC and is currently developing a short form comedy project for BBC Comedy.

Barrie was Artistic Director of the Liverpool Actors Studio where he wrote, produced and directed two Shakespeare inspired jukebox musicals as well as staging many plays and Christmas shows.

In addition to his writing talents, Barrie’s acting credits include The Move (Lovebomb Pictures), Transgressing (Red Films) and Bringing Back Goldeneye (Woodhouse Pictures). TV credits include; House of Anubis (Lime Pictures) Ghostwriter and Everything But The Ball (ITV Yorkshire), Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got Pop Factor (ITV Studios), Burn it and Grange Hill (BBC). Numerous Commercials include, Talk Talk, Robbie Williams, Asda and Microsoft. Being an actor and screenwriter gives Barrie an understanding of script writing from both sides of the camera.

HOW TO APPLY
Interview & Information Dates to be announced
STAGE 1

Please complete the application form by clicking the button below.

STAGE 2

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

STAGE 3

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

If you would like further information about the YAFTA's Applied Screenwriting Diploma please contact us at info@yafta.co.uk.
FEES
£3995 (INCL. VAT)

(Fees include all weekly lectures, mentoring, additional lectures from industry tutors, short film filming, end of year showcase screening and awards event)
BROCHURE
Full course information including the course syllabus can be found in our course brochure

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