Juliana from Brazil talks about her life at Edinburgh Napier University.
Juliana Milheiro, MA Screenwriting
“The Edinburgh Napier University MA Screenwriting programme best suited my needs and expectations”
I always wanted to take a taught Master’s degree in Screenwriting. In Brazil, an MA would give me more recognition when applying for jobs and it would also give me the possibility to teach the subject. However, taught masters in screenwriting do not exist in Brazil, therefore my best option was to look outside of the country. Researching the options and asking former teachers, I found out that one the best places to study a masters in screenwriting would be the UK and the Edinburgh Napier University MA Screenwriting programme best suited my needs and expectations.
“Edinburgh Napier staff were always helpful throughout the application process and beyond it”
What drew me to Edinburgh Napier was that the MA Screenwriting is industry accredited by Creative Skillset and is part of one of the three UK Screen Academies - Screen Academy Scotland. Different from other similar courses, the Edinburgh Napier programme was more connected to the industry. It also covered writing for film, TV, web and games while other programmes were focused only on film. Besides this, the Edinburgh Napier staff were always helpful throughout the application process and beyond it, always answering me promptly by e-mail and getting to meet me when possible, while some other universities did not even answer my e-mails. When you study alone in another country, it makes all the difference to get the support and attention from the University.
“The University makes a lot of effort to connect students with the industry”
My programme offers professional practice that gives us CV workshops and tutorials, as well as offering a professional mentor that best fits your career goals. This mentor will guide you through the masters degree and help you plan your professional life after graduating. Besides giving you strong academic theory and practical basis, the University makes a lot of effort to connect students with the industry. It opens you up to future work contacts and possibilities which gives you a good idea of how the industry works.
“Edinburgh was the city I liked most between the ones I visited in UK”
When I first came to Edinburgh, I had been to London and Glasgow before and Edinburgh made me feel so much more happy, relaxed and amazed. I must confess, it was the city I liked most between the ones I visited in UK. I was embarrassed to tell my friends who dreamed about being in London or going to concerts in Glasgow but that was the truth. After a while, I found out that other friends of mine had the same feeling about Edinburgh.