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Professional Screenwriting, M.F.A.

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The National University MFA in Professional Screenwriting program provides an in-depth study of the art of film, TV and transmedia writing wherein students learn to create compelling, well-structured stories with memorable characters. Students will also acquire a foundational understanding of how to market themselves and their work in the entertainment industry.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate critical points of view in the analyses and interpretation of films, television shows, screenplays and other entertainment content.
  • Using films, television programs and transmedia IP’s analyze the principles of writing in these varied media.
  • Demonstrate critical reflection and viewpoint in evaluating the work of peers and others.
  • Generate original and/or adapted narrative screenplays, TV Scripts or transmedia IP’s employing the principles of these respective disciplines through various stages from introductory level to mastery.
  • Articulate a critical understanding of self in relation to creativity and the influence of cultural and societal issues.
  • Analyze and/or design and generate a marketing plan/pitch using the principles of entertainment industry marketing.
  • Collaborate with others in achieving writing and/or pitching goals.

Programme Structure

Core Requisite(s):

  • Script Reading and Coverage
  • Cinematic Writing
  • Screenwriting I
  • Screenwriting I Practicum
  • Screenwriting II
  • Screenwriting II Practicum

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date You don’t have to wait until next year or even next semester to enroll in classes. At National University, you can start earning your degree next month.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    78.75 quarter units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Preliminary documentation of prior education must be presented at required interview with an admissions advisor. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable
  • Complete an application for admission and enrollment agreement.
  • Remit a non-refundable application fee of $60
  • Individual degree programs may have additional admission requirements

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    416 USD/module
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  • National

    416 USD/module
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Cost per Quarter Unit - $416

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