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Writing for TV Level 1

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This 12-week course will be delivered remotely, providing you an interactive and engaging experience from your home. Every week your subject teacher will deliver a live remote session centred on writing for television. These sessions will also offer you space to ask questions, request one to one support and interact with your fellow peers.

The course is especially relevant for those who aspire to have their own television show produced. For a television show to be commissioned, the pilot episode is regarded as the most important episode, as producers require audiences to be hooked immediately by a show. To meet such industrial demands, students will be introduced to the key elements required to write a pilot TV screenplay, including narrative structure, characterisation, archetypes, writing effective dialogue, theme and formatting. The course also places an emphasis on writing techniques that learners can employ to help them discover their own unique voice. In turn, learners will be taught various writing methods for injecting their voice into their teleplay to achieve originality.

Your lead subject teacher, Levi Dean is a practicing screenwriter and PhD researcher in screenwriting studies. Levi has had a number of his research articles, which explore the practice of screenwriting, published by international journals. He has also worked and lived in London, Manchester and internationally in Sweden and North America.

What do I need to join?

No formal qualifications required, but knowledge of contemporary television shows is necessary to grasp key concepts.

You will need access to a computer and the internet to engage with the weekly live sessions and access online resources.

How will I learn?

Content will be unpacked through presentational delivery and stimulating,
engaging activities, which will be informally assessed. Each week you will be
expected to complete an activity pertinent to you completing your first
television script. Notably, midway through the course you will begin developing
a step outline for a television pilot episode. You will be issued formative
feedback and offered one-to-one tutorials to ensure you achieve your goals. You
will also participate in online group readings to acquire peer feedback. At the
end of the course, you will have completed your step outline for your television
pilot episode. You will then have three months to write the first draft of your
pilot episode, with supervisory feedback provided throughout this writing phase.

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With this course we have brought the classroom to you and created an interactive online learning environment. These sessions are never pre-recorded and like in a classroom you will have a teacher and other students interacting with you live on set teaching dates. Allowing you to ask questions and gain skills all without leaving your desk. For more information on how these classes work please email [email protected].  

What can I do next?

You can submit your television episode to production companies and/or screenwriting competitions.

Additional Information

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we may need to take a number of measures that could affect our planned delivery method. For example; planned on site delivery may take a blended approach; a mixture of classroom based and online activities. We will endeavour to ensure course information, including delivery method and pricing, is updated when changes are having to be made. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us before completing an enrolment form.

This course is an online distance learning course and is not effected by any Covid-19 delivery changes.

For information on how this may impact art courses please email [email protected]

The choosen platform for this course is Microsoft Teams. Teams allows learners and teachers to seamlessly work together, create content and share resources from a single, easy-to-learn and simple platform. On successful enrolment onto this course you will be provided with all the details required to set up Teams.

Please be aware this course does not have a fee that is payable on enrolment.

If you require financial support including payment plans, bursaries and advanced learner loans please visit the Money Management Service section of the website.

For more information on fees please view our Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy and our Applications, Admissions and Enrolment Policy and Procedures.

This course offers simpler and safer online enrolment requests, which means in a matter of minutes you can submit an enrolment request to us. However please be aware that upon submitting your enrolment form you are not guaranteed to be accepted. A number of our courses require assessments, qualification checks or simply a conversation with you before we can confirm your enrolment.

Within 24 hours of enrolment submission you will receive an automated email notification with information on what happens next.

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Course information last updated: Monday 10th August 2020 @ 8.30am (23 hours ago)

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AvailabilityOnline courses gives you the flexibility to learn from the comfort of your own home. Learners will be provided with comprehensive online learning materials which will be available via the chosen online learning platform. Access to this platform will be sent via email once your enrolment has been accepted.

The cost of this course is £150.00 which will need to be paid during your enrolment

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