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Master programme Screenplay Writing and Dramaturgy

Content and focus of the degree programme:

This study programme is only available in German.

The aim of the master’s programme is qualified further development of the special artistic and academic interests of the students and an enhancement of their knowledge and creative abilities. The master’s programme is one of six master’s programmes of the Film Academy, namely Screenplay Writing and Dramaturgy, Camera Technology and Cinematography, Film Production, Directing, Digital Art – Compositing, and Editing. Although the degree programme allows students to attend courses in all of these areas the focus is of course on screenplay writing and dramaturgy. In the framework of the degree programme the following subjects must be studied: central artistic subject screenplay writing and dramaturgy, compulsory subjects, combination of courses, and elective subjects. In the framework of the combinations of courses one of two focus areas must be chosen: film history and realisation or a free combination of courses from the universities.

Higher education institution:
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Group of fields of study:
Art Studies
Degree programme:
Screenplay Writing and Dramaturgy
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Arts, MA
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 21,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2011/12, Sondernummer 1/1, i.d.F. MBl. 2014/15, Stk. 25 (Nr. 181 und 185)

Definition of the field of studies

The focus of the degree programme “Screenplay Writing and Dramaturgy” is on imparting knowledge about screenplay writing and dramaturgy.


In the framework of the degree programme practical assignments must be done, namely the writing of screenplays for several short films and one 90-minute film. The degree programme concludes with a master’s thesis consisting of two parts: an artistic-practical assignment (screenplay for a feature-length film) and a written theoretical explanation of it and a written theoretical paper. Moreover, an examination before a committee must be sat, in which the artistic-practical work is presented and an oral question-and-answer session about it takes place.

Entrance examinations

An entrance examination is to assess the artistic aptitude of prospective students. The entrance examination consists of two parts: submission of the solved creative-practical assignments, and oral question-and-answer session about the submitted assignments. Proficiency in German must also be proved in the framework of the entrance examination.

Supplementary examinations