School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media MFA

School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media (MFA)

The MFA program in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media will fine-tune your ability to deliver compelling stories, characters, and scripts that grab the reader’s attention. The MFA is an intensive program that concentrates exclusively on writing, pitching, and the business side of being a professional writer. Complete a portfolio of feature and television scripts that can be used to market your skills as a writer.


Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

Available Online

Major Classes

ACT 669 Script Analysis Major/3
MPT 605 Film Language Studio Major/3
MPT 618 Writer-Director Intensive 1 Major/3
MPT 688 Development: Finding Material and Influencing Writers Major/3
MPT 705 Breaking through the Noise of Social Media Major/3
WRI 610 Creating Character and Backstory Major/3
WRI 620 Screenplay Analysis Major/3
WRI 622 Screenwriting: Adaptation Major/3
WRI 634 First Steps in Television Major/3
WRI 660 Writing the Feature Film 1 (Fall) Major/3
WRI 665 Writing the Feature Film 1 (Spring) Major/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Major 36
Directed Studies 18
Elective 6
Total 60

Degree Requirements


  • Successful completion of Final Review.
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 60 units.

Additional Information

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

  • Develop compelling stories
  • Apply essential screenwriting tools to develop stories that are structurally sound

Critical Thinking

  • Analyze story/script problems and find creative solutions

Written Presentation Skills

  • Write well-developed treatments or outlines and synopses

Screenwriting Skills

  • Demonstrate command of character development, dialogue and subtext in work


  • Effectively collaborate on multiple projects

Professional Readiness

  • Submit professionally formatted and proofread scripts
  • Demonstrate ability to receive and apply notes as required in the industry
  • Demonstrate an awareness in work of what is commercially viable

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.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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