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Professional Screenwriting, M.F.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
, CA, | Online
Learn to write compelling, well-structured stories with memorable characters and prepare for a career in film, TV, and media — without moving to Hollywood. The Master of Fine Arts in Professional Screenwriting at the National University includes year-round enrollment in three immersive areas of study: screenwriting, television writing, and transmedia.

About

Professional Screenwriting Program at the National University 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

Courses include:

  • The MFA Screenwriting online and LA-based program prepares you to work in fields like commercial, industrial or independent film, TV and transmedia writing or development, digital entertainment media and communication, and educational or instructional media programs. 
  • You’ll complete the program with a minimum of two feature-length screenplays, teleplays or transmedia projects, along with a compelling aesthetic statement and a marketing plan and pitch.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details: 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 Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

  • 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:

    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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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).

General Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university where an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better was achieved.
  • Students with a grade point average of 2.0 to 2.49 may be admitted to the University if they have a satisfactory score on one of the following tests: GMAT, GRE, Miller Analogies Test, or an approved, standardized program-specific exam.
  • Students with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.0 to 2.49 may be accepted to National University on a probationary status. 
  • Complete an application for admission and enrollment agreement.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    430 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 430 USD per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    430 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 430 USD per module and a duration of 12 months.
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Cost per Quarter Unit - $430

Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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