Playwriting, M.A. | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
36 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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In this three year Playwriting program at Catholic University of America, playwrights collaborate with actors and directors to shape and reshape their works in classrooms, readings and workshops. They will come in contact with a variety of dramaturgical techniques for the development of dramatic action, character, language and structure.


The focus is on a professional and practical approach to scriptwriting, culminating in the writing of three or more rehearsal-ready works for the stage. Opportunities for lab workshops of plays in process will be made available to the playwrights, beginning in the second semester.

The first year of the Playwriting program at the Catholic University of America emphasizes basic playwriting techniques and approaches. In the second year, M.F.A. playwrights are initated to adaptation, screenwriting and the various professional venues for writers. They explore more fully the issues of rehearsal collaborations and experimentation while developing work on their own, including development of the third-year thesis production.

In the third year, M.F.A. playwrights will participate in one semester-long internship at a professional theatre. In the other semester, they will rehearse and produce the graduating thesis play, a fully mounted production of a script written in the course of the M.F.A. program, and directed by a professional theatre artist from the DC theatre community.

Learning outcomes

Over the three years the student will have completed fully realized drafts of no fewer than four plays, a television script and a full-length screenplay, professionally ready for submission to theatres and producers.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Playwriting Seminar
  • Performance Studio
  • Dramatic Structures
  • Theatre Theory
  • Dramaturgy
  • Writing for the Profession

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • 150 word Artistic Mission Statement
  • 1 Dramatic Writing Sample of Any Length
  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

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


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