Saturday, 10 January 2009
Colin Muir, Mr. MA in Screenwriting
Colin Muir, Programme Leader of MA in Screenwriting - the Salford University and TAMK joint programme, is a frequent visitor at TAMK School of Art and Media.
The MA in Screenwriting works half time in Tampere, half time in Manchester, UK. Colin just spent a week in Tampere, meeting the students and discussing the further development of the programme.
The students of the first MA in Screenwriting group are graduating in January 2010, and the second group started in September.
Colin says that this programme differs in some ways from the ordinary programmes arranged in one university only. There is a better balance between the creative possibilities of the individual and the common interests of the film industry.
Another difference is that we are maintaining the relation to students after they graduate, Colin points out. We assist the students with the best scripts to Cannes, Berlin Film Festival and even to the American film market in Los Angeles.
The results seem good. Studying in a new place gives time and space to the students, a chance to see the world in new ways - this helps to be creative.
Colin tells that in the future students will not be recruited in Finland and UK only, there are discussions to extend the activity to Germany and Austria, even USA.
Colin was born in Edinburgh. He has an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Connecticut and an MFA in Film and Television Directing from Temple University in Philadelphia. He worked in USA as a director, producer and scriptwriter. Since 1991 he has been teaching at the University of Salford. He is Programme leader for the MA in Television and Radio Scriptwriting and the MA in Film Screenwriting. He is also a director of the Film Production Company.
Master of Art in Screenwriting
Photo: Colin Muir at the roof garden of TAMK Finlayson Campus