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It all begins with a script. Before any film, television show, web series, or video game can become a phenomenon, you need words on a page. The John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television teaches students how to create the kinds of scripts that excite creative collaborators, agents, managers, and investors and become real projects. The curriculum immerses students in the SCA tradition of crafting compelling stories and honing your narrative instincts through small workshop classes. You will learn to write short scripts, feature-length screenplays, television episodes in comedy and drama, web series, and scripts for games and other immersive media.

Our Writing for Screen and Television BFA and MFA program fall under the STEM CIP code: CIP code 50.0504: Playwriting and Screenwriting.


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Student Stories

Chiara D'Ambrosio

Chiara D'Ambrosio
BFA, Writing for Screen and Television '26

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Brandy Hernandez

Brandy Hernandez
BFA, Writing for Screen and TV '24

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Giulia Orsenigo

Giulia Orsenigo
BA, Writing for Screen and TV '24

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Featured Student Work

Marital Arts

written by Writing Student Shirley Miller

EXT. SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD ROAD - DAY A mail-carrier walks down the road of a row of semidilapidated houses with fading and chipped paint. Read more...

written by Writing Student Stanley Kalu

EXT. ROAD - DAY Meander down an outstretched roadside as frayed forms of looming trees and suburban houses pass. Read more...
The Devil

written by Writing Student Nichole DeLaura

EXT. TEXAS COUNTRYSIDE - DAY The long, flat sweep of a Texas cow pasture. Knee high golden grass bakes in the harsh morning light. Read more...

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen & Television is a unique, four-year program for students who want a real career in screen and television writing. Students work with talented writers from around the globe in small workshop-style classes, learn from top minds in the industry and working professionals, and intern at top companies in the expanding world of film, television, and interactive media.

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Masters of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts, with a major in Writing for Screen & Television, is a two-year degree program which concentrates on training screenwriters to work in the entertainment industry and beyond. In addition to receiving an unparalleled master's education in the craft of writing, MFA candidates also benefit from the University's ties to the industry's top writers, directors, production companies, and studios in Los Angeles, yielding an array of internship and mentorship opportunities.

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The minor in comedy is designed to train students in the creation of comedic entertainment in film, television and new media. The only minor of its kind at a major research university, the Comedy Minor is for any student who takes comedy seriously.

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The Minor in Screenwriting covers writing for the screen from many different points of view and allows students to explore television, film and, new media writing and all of the opportunities the Division has to offer.

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Contact Information

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Kristen Davis, Program Coordinator
University Park, SCA 335
Los Angeles, CA 90089.2211
Phone: 213.740.3303