Writing and Directing for Film

Academy of Art University San Francisco

24 months
1083 USD/credit
1083 USD/credit
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The MA program Writing & Directing for Film guides aspiring writer-directors in directing an original and engaging short film. Students also learn to develop a social media marketing campaign and a promotional strategy for their film. 

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Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Writer-Director Skills

  • Direct a short film that showcases their abilities as a writer-director.
  • Develop compelling ideas for short and feature film screenplays.
  • Create defined and engaging characters.
  • Write a well-structured short film script and feature outline.
  • Elicit engaging and believable performances from actors.

Professional Readiness

  • Make well-organized and effective choices that serve the story during the preproduction, production and postproduction process.
  • Apply film marketing research to develop an effective social media marketing campaign and articulate a promotional strategy for their film.

Programme Structure

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  • Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  • Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  • Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  • Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  • Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  • Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  • Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    IELTS or TOEFL needed


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
    GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

    English requirements

    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).
    7 (required)
    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
    PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Application form or online application
    • $50 application fee
    • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college/university showing completion of an undergraduate degree
    • One page essay explaining personal goals for graduate school or essay related to a topic as required by the Department
    • Resume: Describe your educational and professional experience
    •  Portfolio/Demo reel: A portfolio with detailed descriptions in your chosen discipline is required
    • Additional materials may be required.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      1083 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1083 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      1083 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1083 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.

    per unit - 3 units per class


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