The MFA in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media is an intensive program that concentrates exclusively on writing, pitching and the business side of being a professional writer. In this highly collaborative environment, you will write two screenplays, three spec television scripts and a spec pilot. You will also be a staff writer on two web series. So if your goal is to complete a marketable body of work that is ready for literary representation, script sales or options, open writing assignments and staff positions, our program will give you the creative edge you need.
MFA Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Unit Requirements
Major 60 units
TOTAL 60 units
MFA Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Degree Requirements
- Successful completion of Final Review.
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- A minimum grade of C in all required 60 units.
MFA Program Learning Outcomes
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Effectively conduct in-depth research and apply results to create authentic story worlds, characters, and dialogue.
Story Development Skills
- Generate story ideas for feature films and television that grab the interest of industry readers.
- Develop compelling stories that are fresh, imaginative, and marketable.
- Apply essential screenwriting tools to develop stories that are structurally sound.
- Create well-defined sympathetic or empathetic characters.
Analyze story/script problems and find creative solutions.
Written Presentation Skills
- Write compelling loglines and premises.
- Write themes that reflect a strong point of view.
- Write well-developed treatments or outlines and synopses.
Write scripts that demonstrate command of story structure, scene structure, character development, action description, dialogue, and subtext.
Pitch stories effectively and professionally.
Effectively collaborate on multiple projects.
- Complete polished, properly formatted, error-free scripts that are ready for seeking representation and employment in the industry.
- Present a strategy for accessing agents, managers, and producers.
Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.
All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation.
The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced Architectural Design; Advertising; Advertising & Branded Media Technology; Animation & Visual Effects; Architecture; Architectural Design; Art Education; Communications & Media Technologies; Game Development; Game Programming; Graphic Design; Graphic Design & Digital Media; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture & Design; New Media & Web Design. For more information on approved STEM programs, how to apply, and more common questions about studying as an international student at the Academy of Art University, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.
The program length is based on graduating in normal time.
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Last updated March 19, 2018