The Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen & Television
The Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen & Television is an intensive two-year degree program which concentrates on writing for narrative film and television. During the course of their studies, students benefit from a wide array of internship and mentorship opportunities available as a result of the university's close links to the Los Angeles film industry's top screenwriters, directors, production companies and studios.
Course work includes practical instruction in everything a working writer needs to learn about the filmmaker's art and craft. Writing is taught in small, workshop-style classes. The approach focuses on the visual tools of storytelling through developing stories from characters and then on an Aristotelian three-act structure. Fractured narratives, ensemble stories, experiments with time and points of view, as well as other idiosyncratic styles of storytelling, are also addressed. The curriculum covers the history and analysis of cinema while also incorporating other professional concerns, including legal issues, agents and the Writer's Guild. Classes are taught by working writers with a wide variety of skills, experience and approaches.
Each fall, 32 students are selected to begin the Graduate Writing for Screen & Television Program; there are no spring admissions.
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