Program Overview

Learn to write compelling, well-structured stories with memorable characters and you can build a career in film, TV, and transmedia—without moving to Hollywood. The MFA in Professional Screenwriting program includes year-round enrollment in three immersive areas of study: screenwriting, television writing, and transmedia (graphic novels, Web entertainment, comics, etc.). The 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. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to write professional-level scripts, to participate in the ongoing scholarly and critical discussions of issues in the field of film, TV and transmedia writing, and to present your work to the entertainment industry.

Program highlights:

  • Explore critical points of view by analyzing and interpreting films and other entertainment
  • Generate original and adapted narrative screenplays, TV scripts, or transmedia pieces using the principles of each discipline
  • Develop your unique marketing plan following the principles of the entertainment industry

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    The residency component of the program consists of two courses which are taken concurrently. One is online and one is on site at the Los Angeles campus. Must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university where an overall GPA of 2.5, or where a GPA of 2.75 or higher was achieved in the last 90 quarter units. Students with a GPA 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.

    School Overview

    Since 1971, National University has been dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse student population. As a nonprofit institution, National University invests in its students by providing them with quality educational instruction and learning technologies, superior faculty, and exemplary student services.

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