Master On Campus

Writing for Film, Television and Digital Media

Academy of Art University

36 months
1191 USD/credit
1137 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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If your goal is to create a body of work that could launch your professional writing career, then the Writing for Film, Television and Digital Media program of Academy of Art University will give you the competitive edge you need. Tap into your imagination. Come up with great ideas. Find your unique voice. Take your writing skills to a new level.


The Writing for Film, Television and Digital Media program of Academy of Art University will fine-tune your ability to deliver compelling stories, characters, and scripts that grab the reader’s attention. The MFA is an intensive program that concentrates exclusively on writing, pitching, and the business side of being a professional writer. Complete a portfolio of feature and television scripts that can be used to market your skills as a writer.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:


  • Effectively conduct in-depth research and apply results to create authentic story worlds, characters and dialogue

Story Development Skills

  • Generate story ideas for feature films and television that grab the interest of industry readers
  • Develop compelling stories that are fresh, imaginative, and marketable
  • Apply essential screenwriting tools to develop stories that are structurally sound
  • Create well-defined sympathetic or empathetic characters

Critical Thinking

  • Analyze story/script problems and find creative solutions

Written Presentation Skills

  • Write compelling loglines and premises
  • Write themes that reflect a strong point of view
  • Write well-developed treatments or outlines and synopses

Screenwriting Skills

  • Write scripts that demonstrate command of story structure, scene structure, character development, action description, dialogue and subtext

Pitching Skills

  • Pitch stories effectively and professionally


  • Effectively collaborate on multiple projects

Professional Readiness

  • Complete polished, properly formatted, error-free scripts that are ready for seeking representation and employment in the industry
  • Present a strategy for accessing agents, managers and producers.


As a graduate from our writing degree program, you will have the skills necessary for a range of industry opportunities. Our faculty, facilities, and hands-on learning approach are here to provide you with the tools you need to succeed in a professional screenwriter career.

Development Executive

Work with writers in preparing their movies for production.

Screen Writer

Create the blueprint for feature films. Originate the story, characters, and dramatic action in a motion picture or television series. Write scripts for feature films. Sell ideas and spec scripts as a freelancer. Get hired for an open writing assignment. Develop compelling story ideas, effectively pitch and sell those ideas, and deliver imaginative scripts that meet industry expectations.

Show Runner

Oversee all creative aspects of a television series.

Television Staff Writer

Work on the writing staff of a television show. Break stories and write/rewrite scripts. Collaborate with other writers and producers to develop compelling storylines for new and existing characters.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Writer-Director Intensive
  • Creating Character & Backstory
  • Script Analysis
  • Acting
  • Film Language Studio
  • Dialogue & Character

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General requirements

  • College transcripts must show the classes/subjects, grades, credits and number of hours completed for each class
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio in your chosen discipline is required with detailed descriptions for all international graduate school applicants
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1191 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1191 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    1137 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1137 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 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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