Course Code

Z351 (FT) / Z352 (PT)

Award Level

Level 9 NFQ




1 year full time / 2 years part time

MA Writing for Stage & Screen



The Writing for Stage and Screen MA offers you the opportunity to devote a considerable amount of time to write, evolve and reflect on your own creative practices. Today like never before, writers are moving between different media forms and this programme allows you to develop work across diverse platforms. Graduates of the MA in Writing for Stage and Screen are equipped to work in theatre, media, cultural and educational settings, and to further their research into theatre and screen.

Course Description

The UCD MA in Writing for Stage and Screen builds on the tradition of Irish playwrights, allowing students to write, evolve and reflect on their own creative practices.

Graduates of the MA will leave well-equipped to work in theatre, media, film and the narrative arts.
Intensive one-on-one and group feedback will be given on an ongoing basis. The practical aspects of film-making will also be addressed, with the involvement of professionals from the worlds of film and television. Seminars, process/studio sessions, theatre visits, critical and creative prompts and creative mentorship will also be included.
Respect for diversity of creative approach and the individual aspirations of participants will be central. Graduates will be offered the chance to take part in an advanced “writers-group” after the course, recognising the importance of continuity of care as they make their way in the world of media and the arts.

What will I study?

Students complete a Play/Screenwriting Project, which includes group sessions with members of Fishamble Theatre Company, who are renowned for their role in the development and production of new work. Similar collaborators will be in place for those interested in writing for screen.
Professional contributors over the past number of years include Conor McPherson, Frank McGuinness, and more recently Mark Doherty, Rachel Feehily, Declan Hughes, Sophie Motley and Noelia Ruiz

Students will also study a range of modules, including:
Writing for Theatre 1 (taught in association with a leading Playwright/Director)
Writing for Stage 1
Stagewriting/Screenwriting- Adaptation
Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance
Issues and Perspectives
Creative Writing Project- A play or Screenplay

Future Careers

Graduates of the MA are equipped to work in theatre, media, cultural and educational settings, but, above all to actively pursue their own writing projects. The UCD School of English, Drama and Film offers unique insights to students through its deep involvement in the progress of Irish literary affairs. Many of Ireland’s leading writers were educated at UCD including: Edna O’Brien, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Neil Jordan.

Student Testimonial

I chose this program for the well-rounded and engaging faculty. Their combined warmth and expertise helped me to build both my theoretical and creative skills. Their planned courses employ the idea that good readers make good writers and I would recommend the programme to anyone who loves reading, loves writing, and actively wants to feel more fulfilled doing both. In addition to their guidance and compassion, I had the goodwill of the Dublin theatre scene. Because of Ireland’s smaller size and rich history, it is a wonderful country in which to navigate drama and literature.

Macy Smolsky, MA 2018

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