Screenwriting HE Certificate

Ideate and deliver engaging scripts and innovative storytelling formats

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Overview

Evolve and define your writing style as you develop the essential storytelling techniques and scriptwriting tools required to start your career as a screenwriter in the film, television and media industries.

Gain valuable hands-on experience from day one by learning how to create, adapt and deliver engaging narratives for a variety of storytelling formats and genres ranging from film, television, documentaries, games, and animation, to social media and new emerging media formats.

Learn by doing in a true Writers’ Room environment where you’ll be working in different creative workspaces to brainstorm and develop stories that engage viewers across unique or serialised media formats and styles. Spend the year advancing your script writing experience as you take on different roles such as showrunner, head writer, staff writer, story editor, producer, and executive producer. This all inclusive perspective on the industry roles will help you to give life to complex and unique characters and narratives.

Get skilled at pitching your stories and concepts while contributing to the development of new stories for a wide range of audiences, formats and genres. All the while, developing your craft in close collaboration with our Film Production, Screen Acting, Music and Visual Effects students who you’ll be working alongside to bring your scripts to life.

By the end of the year, you will have produced a portfolio of diverse and original writing samples, from short fiction films and animation scripts to longer format treatments that represent your unique script writing voice and show your readiness for the ever-changing industry.

Course structure

Overview

Throughout the year you will be introduced to different kinds of writing in short formats. You’ll be challenged on a regular basis as you become acquainted with the tools and rules of different areas of writing in collaboration with your peers. 

Here are some of the audiovisual formats you can look forward to working on:

  • Short fiction films
  • Documentary scripts
  • Music video/musical short films 
  • Animation scripts
  • Game proposal for video, role playing, board or other game formats
  • Emerging media script content

More details on workshops and course structure coming soon.

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Good scripts make good films

Good production without a good story behind is of very little value today. 

Remember what happened to your favourite series during the last writers strike? Prestigious film events such as the Academy Awards, Emmy or Golden Globe awards remind us of the influential role that screenwriters have not only in the media and entertainment industries, but also on society as a whole.

Engaging dialogues and beautifully crafted narratives have the power to shape the way we look both inwardly and outwardly. Powerful messages can spread far and change the fabric of society.

Learn more about our Screenwriting programme at Catalyst here.

Progression

Employment model

The film and media industry never ceases to evolve and reinvent itself. We aim to provide you with an education that enables you to either be a change maker or to be capable of adapting and staying at the forefront of industry developments.

Although production companies often seek to work with young writers with fresh ideas, they hesitate to invest in inexperienced writers. However, graduates with a portfolio consisting of high quality projects, constitute excellent candidates for the markets needs. 

Our Screenwriting programme aims to produce versatile creatives that will be able to meet the demands of the growing industry while creating new positions and markets for themselves and for others. 

Career outcomes

Our programme has been designed to give you broad yet relevant experience in a number of specific industries for you to progress into your chosen area of interest.

Here are just a few of the fields you can aspire to after completing our 1-year HE certificate course: 

  • Freelance Screenwriters
  • Creative producers of television series and feature films
  • Creators in web series
  • Writers of comic books and novels
  • Creators and developers of Video Game stories
  • Speechwriters
  • Advertising Copywriters
Ready for a degree?

Your initial progression choice will be whether to make your first foray into the film industry or to continue your development in the second and third year of our Screenwriting Bachelor's degree course.

There is no right and wrong answer here. It will depend on the skillset you have already developed and what you are planning to do in the film and media industry.

Your success in either depends entirely on you – what you bring, your approach, and the grit, passion and sheer determination with which you take the next course or start your first project in the film industry.

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Building success

However you measure it and whatever artistic realm you are working in, most creatives would like to achieve success with their creative endeavour. There are many types of success an individual may want to achieve. From successful completion of an artistic exploration all the way through to financial security and a global audience

There are many skills required to develop these dreams into real and practical futures. Our optional course in self-development and leadership is the ‘rocket fuel’ which will provide you with the frameworks, the focus and the drive to help realise your future.

Self development to better understand how to take decisive action, to communicate powerfully with others and take an honest look at how you limit yourself. Leadership to complete your creative project, to bring your work into the external world and to attract an audience to share, appreciate and follow your work. 

Leadership

Our tutors are industry-experienced professionals and creatives with a passion for passing on their knowledge to others. Say hello to some of the tutors that will be supporting you throughout your learning process.

Essential info

New course validation

This is a brand new course which Catalyst will run for the first time in 2023-24. If you see this message, it means that we are still in the process of accrediting it with our university partner (Plymouth Marjon University), which awards the degrees and certificates that our graduates receive after completing their studies with us.

How does this affect you? After the course is accredited, we will register it with the Berlin Senate, so that students enrolled on it are eligible to apply for funding or a student visa in Germany. If you would need a student visa to live in Berlin for the duration of your studies, then we recommend that you wait until this course is formally approved by the Senate before beginning your visa application. 

We expect this to be finalised by April 2023. In the meantime, you can still submit an application to study with us and we will contact you by email as soon as we receive official accreditation and Senate approval. In our 10 years in Berlin, all of our Bachelor and Master degree courses have been successfully validated within the same framework.

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications equivalent to A-Level, Baccalaureate or Abitur are normally required to enter our HE Certificate programme. These may be waived if students are able to provide proof of capability via a portfolio of work.

For those students who have the capability but no proof of appropriate qualifications or portfolio we have also designed a new accelerated access course (primer workshops) which runs as part of our short course programme.

The most important prerequisite for attending any course at Catalyst is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as a creative practitioner.

For more information please contact a member of the team. We love to chat!

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Course dates and application deadline

Course start: mid-September 2023

Application deadlines

  • Round 1 - International (non-EU) and EU students - 31 March, 2023*
    * Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa to live in Germany. The application process for this takes several months and you can only begin this process after you have been offered a place and enrolled on the course.
  • Final deadline - EU students only - 31 May 2023
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Tuition fees

We offer two ways to pay:

  • Single Payment Option:
    Annual Enrolment Fee* €895 + Annual Tuition Fee €9,950 = €10,845 per year
    Single payment tuition fee - August 1st deadline
  • Monthly Instalment Payment Option:
    Annual Enrolment Fee* €895 + 10 instalments x 1,095€ = €11,845 per year
    Monthly instalment plan from August 1st - May 1st

* Note- Enrolment fee is non-refundable. It is due every year as part of the total annual fee.

If you decide to enrol in both a short and long course with us, you will receive a discount of 500€ on the total tuition.

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How to apply

Our admissions team has prepared a handy little map of your journey to studenthood with us. Take a look and be in touch if you have any questions.

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Open days and taster workshops

Get a feel for our school from the comfort of your home with our Virtual Open Days and skill-focussed Taster Workshops.

Hosted by our team and students, these online events will give you a sense of what it's like to come and study with us in Berlin.

We look forward to meeting you online soon!

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