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Writing for the Screen

Loyola Marymount University

36 months
33240 USD/year
33240 USD/year
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The Writing for the Screen program of Loyola Marymount University uses long-form storytelling as a basis for preparing students for a career in screenwriting.


Develop your unique point of view while you craft a portfolio of feature-length screenplays and other work that reflects your talent. During the final year of the Writing for the Screen program of Loyola Marymount University, you’ll refine your writing further and learn how to present your projects and vision to potential employers, so you can demonstrate your readiness to write compelling stories for films and TV.

Why Choose Writing for the Screen?

As a Writing for the Screen student, you will progress from taking classes on the fundamental elements of storytelling and production to creating a portfolio of work, which will include three feature-length screenplays, one episodic teleplay, and at least one original pilot for television.

Our classes are highly collaborative, offering constant interaction and feedback from peers along with hands-on mentorship from experienced, award-winning faculty. Using feature film writing as the springboard for crafting stories for a variety of screen sizes, you will learn how to think and work like a professional screenwriter.

The first two years of the program focus on process and craft, understanding the nature of stories written for the screen, and helping you discover your voice and identify the stories you want to tell. During the program’s third year, we focus on professional development, with portfolio reviews, pitch rehearsal, and regular lectures and workshops with industry guests to give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to sell yourself and your work. You also will be placed in internships with the production companies you most admire.

The program culminates in our annual First Pitch event, in which faculty bring more than 40 agents, managers, and other industry professionals to campus to meet SFTV’s M.F.A. writing graduates. You will pitch your portfolio to industry pros and discuss your vision for the stories you want to tell as a screenwriter. At the end of the night, the MFA Screenwriting Directory, containing your contact information and portfolio summary, is put into the hands of these powerful people who can help you launch your career.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Production for Screenwriters
  • Elements of Feature Film Screenwriting
  • Intermediate Screenwriting Project
  • Advanced Motion Picture Script Analysis
  • Writing Episodic Drama
  • Writing Episodic Comedy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants are encouraged to submit their application and materials at least three months prior to the first term of their enrollment.


51 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Online Application and $50 application fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Transcript / Credit Evaluation
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement (International Applicants Only)
  • GRE Scores
  • Personal Statement
  • Creative Samples
  • Create up to a two-minute video telling us who you are and why you want to tell stories
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33240 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    33240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33240 USD per year during 36 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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