The PG Cert (online) Screenwriting is a highly respected blended learning course – delivered online with two weekend workshops – which has run at Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier for the past 10 years. Led by Screenwriting Programme Leader, and screenwriter James Mavor, the course is also taught by Brian McGill and Vicki Patterson. In the ten years since the course began our graduates have gone on to work at a high level in the film and television industry. Below are some recent highlights from three PG Cert (online) Screenwriting graduates:
Kirstie Swain (PG Cert SW 2007-08) is one of three writers on the new BBC 3 online thriller Clique along with lead writer Jess Brittain (Skins). (the image above shows Clique shooting this autumn in The Meadows in Edinburgh) Kirsty was winner of the BBC Scotland Frank Deasy Award for new writing in 2013 and was selected for the Bush/Kudos Initiative and Broadcast Magazine’s Hotshots. She is a graduate of the 2012 BBC Writers Academy where she wrote episodes of some of the BBC’S biggest flagship shows including Eastenders and Holby City. Since then she’s written Generation Sext (Sky Arts / Christmas TV & Film) and Eve (CBBC / BBC Scotland). She’s got a number of TV projects in development including the dramas Gutted and Beds (for BBC Scotland), My Brother the Amnesiac (Raw), Actual Lady Adult (Hillbilly Films & TV) and a tragi-com Ladybaby for KUDOS. She is an occasional Visiting Lecturer at Screen Academy Scotland. See an interview with Kirsty Swain.
David Hancock (PG Cert SW 2008-09) An experienced Locations Manager (The Eagle, Burke and Hare) when he took the PG Cert in 2009 David, has since developed his career as a Script Editor (MI High, Young James Heriot) and Development Executive before moving on to his Script Executive role on The Crown the new Netflix series produced by Andrew Eaton for Left Bank Pictures and created by Executive Producer and Screenwriter Peter Morgan (Rush, Frost/Nixon, The Queen). The Crown premiered in London Nov 1, 2016.