I’m David and I live and work in Dublin. I am currently enrolled on the MA Scriptwriting at USW (Cardiff). I had been researching scriptwriting courses for a while and found the MA Scriptwriting USW during my search. I was looking at other courses in the UK and Ireland but the MA at USW appealed to me the most as it covered many aspects of scriptwriting (TV/Film/Theatre/Radio) and was offered on a part-time or full-time basis. I opted to for the part-time two-year programme, so that I could continue to work in my day job and cause as little disruption as possible to my life in Dublin.
About the University of South Wales
The course itself is very engaging, due in no small part to the committed and supportive lecturers. I attend lectures every 6-8 weeks for two full days in Cardiff (ATRiuM) but of course I’ve plenty of work to do in between and have regular online tutorials. The lectures cover many different areas and there have been several guest tutors/lecturers from all areas of scriptwriting, such as theater makers, TV and Radio producers, writers, and actors. Each weekend I attend the course I leave with some new knowledge. The facilities at ATRiuM are first class and there’s always somewhere in the library to get some writing done. The final block of study for the academic year in May takes the form of a writers’ retreat, usually lasting 4 days. Last year’s retreat was mentally and creatively taxing but was also hugely enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to this year’s!
About the studying in the UK
Studying in the UK has not posed any problems for me. I commute from Dublin every 6-8 weeks for two days. If I happen to be travelling further afield, the UK has an excellent transport system and Cardiff is well connected to other major UK cities by rail, bus, road, and plane. Cardiff has plenty to offer and I enjoy going for a few drinks with my colleagues from the MA (and the lecturers too!). I don’t live in Cardiff, so I don’t get to fully experience it, but when I am there it seems like a lively spot.
Some general questions
Overall, the MA Scriptwriting at USW has helped me gain confidence in myself as a writer. From day one, it’s been a hands-on experience and you’re expected to get stuck into it, which has been great. I’ve learnt lots of practical skills and techniques too and have met some amazing people along the way. I’m currently working on a feature film and I’ve a theatre piece almost completed; I really don’t think I would have achieved this without being enrolled on the MA. I’ll definitely miss the course when I’m finished but I hope to keep the momentum going and continue to pursue my scriptwriting dreams.