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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The BFA in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media prepares aspiring writers to meet the creative and business challenges of the entertainment industry. By the time you graduate, you will have written two screenplays, three spec TV scripts, one pilot and three short film scripts. You will also work as a staff writer on two web series. So if your goal is to create a body of work that could launch your professional writing career, our program will give you the competitive edge you need.

BFA Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Unit Requirements
Major Coursework
Core 36 Units
Major 30 Units
Liberal Arts 45 units
Electives 9 units
TOTAL 120 units

BFA Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Degree Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    2 Culture of Entertainment courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Context & Style course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
    1 Storytelling & Character Psychology course
    1 Historical Awareness course
    1 Quantitative Literacy course
    1 Employment Communications and Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:


  • Apply research to create authentic story worlds, characters and dialogue

Story Development Skills

  • Generate story ideas that work for feature films, television, short films and web series
  • Develop stories that are fresh and imaginative
  • Apply essential screenwriting tools to develop stories that are structurally sound
  • Create sympathetic or empathetic characters

Critical Thinking

  • Identify story/script problems and find creative solutions

Written Presentation Skills

  • Effectively present stories in a logline, premise and theme
  • Effectively present stories in a beat sheet, synopsis, treatment and outline

Screenwriting Skills

  • Demonstrate proficient screenwriting skills in structure, character development, action description, dialogue and subtext
  • Apply the proper format for film and television scripts


  • Effectively collaborate with other students

Professional Readiness

  • Complete polished scripts that are ready for seeking representation and employment in the industry
  • Develop a strategy for accessing agents, managers and producers
  • Apply the conventions of standard written English to write professionally

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.


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Undergraduate Degree Breakdowns

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The BFA program in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media will teach you the skills you need to develop compelling stories for feature film, short film, television comedy or drama, and the web. Our program is designed to offer personalized attention to your imagination and originality in a highly collaborative, writing workshop environment.

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