Fine Arts - Writing for the Screen

Loyola Marymount University

36 months
1162 USD/credit
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The LMU Writing for the Screen M.F.A. teaches you how to think like a screenwriter through a progression of rigorous classes, using long-form feature film writing as the springboard for crafting stories for a variety of screen sizes. This focus reflects the demands of the constantly evolving entertainment industry, providing you with a framework to pursue a writing career.


During the course of your graduate education, you will emerge as a professional evidenced by your work on the page and grounded in an understanding of the industry and the business skills necessary to attain success.

What sets LMU apart from other schools is our third year launch into the industry. While the first two years focus on process and craft, understanding the nature of screen story, and discovering each writer’s individual voice, in the third year you will focus on professional development.

Small class sizes allow you to closely collaborate with your peers and to gain access to professors in a non-competitive workshop environment. The result is the completion of at least three feature screenplays and two television scripts.

Beyond coursework, LMU offers an internship program that is unparalleled in Los Angeles, mentorships, a First Pitch series that culminates with an industry-pitching event at the WGA and Saturday sessions with industry insiders like JJ Abrams, Glen Mazzara, Roberto Orci and LMU alum Melissa Blake.

LMU sets the stage for you to start your career in the most professionally prepared manner.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate, through a portfolio of screenplays and teleplays, mastery of story development, character development, storytelling structure and cinematic style.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to pitch stories and scripts to producers, managers, agents, studios, cable outlets and networks.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in writing for screens of all sizes. Students will value diverse stories that explore social justice issues and ethical and humanistic themes.
  • Students will develop entrepreneurial skills by creating relationships with outside organizations through internships, mentorships, and designated courses and workshops.
  • Students will demonstrate the fundamental business skills required for working effectively with producers, managers, agents and the Writers Guild of America.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in analyzing the influences of film, television and emerging media on our culture, and vice versa.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Producing and Directing for Feature Film Screenwriters
  • Elements of Future Film Screenwriting
  • Intermediate Feature Project
  • Advanced Motion Picture Script Analysis
  • Rewriting Intermediate Feature Project
  • Advanced Screenwriting Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts (two copies) of all colleges and universities attended
  • Official TOEFL score or IELTS score (for international students)
  • Two letters of recommendation (unless otherwise specified)
  • Official test scores (GMAT, GRE, CBEST, etc.)
  • Personal statement and/or resume
  • Program-specific forms, application or interview

Tuition Fee

  • National

    1162 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1162 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • Based on : $1,162 per unit


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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Fine Arts - Writing for the Screen
Loyola Marymount University