M.F.A. On Campus


Chapman University

24 months
48336 USD/year
48336 USD/year
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The 2-year M.F.A. in Screenwriting at Chapman University is an intensive program designed to encourage the development of your unique storytelling voice through the exploration of the intricacies of story structure and character development.


Key facts

Working under the mentorship of industry active screenwriters, you’ll learn to write content for the screen in a variety of mediums including short and long form projects, episodic television and emerging media.

Additionally, as a student in the M.F.A. Screenwriting program at Chapman University, you will study the “business of the business” - the practical side of developing and selling your ideas. Students enrolled in the program also have the opportunity to collaborate with their film production colleagues to have one of their scripts produced for the screen. Upon graduation, you’ll have an understanding of how the industry works as well as several developed scripts.

Learning Outcomes

In mastering the curriculum of the M.F.A. in Screenwriting, students will gain competence in the following areas:

  • Demonstrate competency with industry standard writing style and presentation. 
  • Identify, create and write fully dimensional, complex, and dynamic characters.
  • Write screenplays that demonstrate a distinctive personal voice in a variety of formats and genres.
  • Write short and feature length screenplays which demonstrate effective storytelling craft and narrative structure for a variety of genres.
  • Apply the theoretical concepts to the creation of distinctive and original screenplays.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Screenwriting
  • Production Workshop 
  • Film Script Analysis
  • Feature Screenwriting 
  • The Short Film Form

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Creative Supplement
  • Official copy of your undergraduate transcript from your degree granting institution

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    48336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24168 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    48336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24168 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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