School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media

As a student in the School of Writing, you will not only learn the structural and character-building basics of writing for film and television, you’ll develop the skills necessary to make characters leap off the page and onto the screen.

Our award-winning faculty will teach you how to write material that can be shot on our professional soundstages while you’re a student at the Academy, giving you the invaluable experience of seeing your work come to life. As a writer in our program, you will be encouraged to learn the fundamentals of production and even try your hand at directing.

You will collaborate with directors and producers on festival-bound thesis films. You’ll work in a writers’ room and become a show runner on our summer web series. You will learn the ins and outs of the Hollywood development process, including how to option and package your work.


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The Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media degree programs prepare aspiring writers to meet the creative and business challenges of the entertainment industry. Our program will give you the creative edge you need. By the time you graduate, you will have written screenplays, spec TV scripts, pilots, and short films. You will also work as a staff writer on a produced web series.

Your professors are Academy- and Emmy-Award-winning writers, producers, and development executives who have sold and made hundreds of films. When you leave the Academy, you’ll understand how the industry functions and have insight into basic production realities, including how directing and acting enhance the work of the writer. By the time you graduate, you will have written a range of scripts.

Allied Skills

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The School of Motion Pictures and Television will give you the skills you need to create a portfolio of professional quality films. With eight professional soundstages, dedicated camera and wardrobe rooms, a set-building shop, Oscar- and Emmy-winning faculty members, and a dedicated casting director, the school provides a hands-on experience that parallels the real world.
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Learn to act on camera in a program run by a multiple-Academy-Award-winning producer. Build a reel that demonstrates your skills and readiness to act at a professional level. Develop the skills that all great actors share: free access to your imagination, the ability to act from your impulses and intuition, and command of your body and voice. You’ll work in a collaborative environment with talented writers, directors, and producers, building creative relationships that will last a lifetime.
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Learn how to tell stories that inform, entertain, and engage on every multimedia communications platform. Our curriculum moves beyond training for traditional jobs in broadcasting to drive students towards a world of online digital content. We provide a hands-on approach with a dual emphasis on interpersonal and mass communication, and a focus on skills that are immediately employable. You will produce your own content, including online series, music videos, podcasts, broadcast productions, and motion graphics.

Online Learning

The Academy’s acclaimed online learning program is perfectly suited to the curriculum for the School of Writing for Film, Television & Media. As a remote student, you can write, direct, or produce over Zoom (through the use of an iPad) from anywhere in the world, using the same crews, actors, and soundstages that on-campus students use. These are fantastic opportunities to collaborate with your fellow students.


Student Work


  • Development Executive
  • Screenwriter
  • Show Runner
  • Television Staff Writer
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Social Media Content Creator

Companies That Have Hired Our Students

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A big part of what I learned at the Academy is how to live and work in this industry. Being on set you actually learn what you like to do and what you’re naturally inclined to do….this incredible base to use as a jumping off point.

A formal education allows you to take the time to learn that kind of stuff. Absolutely I’d recommend the Academy.

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Christopher Ewing

MFA Directing and Screenwriting

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