Shed Media works with university to produce ‘market-ready’ TV writers

Footballers’ Wives producer Shed Media has teamed up with Glasgow Caledonian University to launch a Masters degree in television fiction writing.

The university said the award had been developed in close collaboration with the television industry, including Shed, to ensure “that a real workplace context and direct market relevance is maintained”.

As well as input from Shed, which also makes Waterloo Road, the university said it was in talks with the BBC over access to writers of the Scottish soap River City.

In its course description, the university said students on the Masters course would be taught “by both academic staff and top TV scriptwriting practitioners”.

“This programme forges an exciting new partnership between industry and education to produce the next generation of market-ready script writers for the 21st century. Crucially, graduates will be capable of script development within the constraints and opportunities presented by a competitive global market for television drama,” it said.

Successful students will graduate with both a Masters degree and at least one project or script ready to take to market, the university added.

Eileen Gallagher, chief executive of Shed, said: “The Shed team has worked in television drama for nearly two decades and have experienced a real shortage of writers trained to work specifically for the television medium. Getting quality training and education is expensive, which is why we need generous people and organisations to help support students who otherwise would never have a chance to attend this course and the possibility of career in television. We want real people to benefit and our industry will flourish as a result.”

The 12-month course launches in September this year.

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