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MA in English and Creative Writing - Screenwriting

The Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting program at Southern New Hampshire University emphasizes the art of visual storytelling through film and video mediums. Discover more about the Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

The Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting program requires applicants to submit a statement of purpose discussing why they are taking this program. Applicants to Southern New Hampshire University must have earned a bachelor's degree to seek admission into this master's program.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting program have the opportunity to study the history of English, etymology, discourse analysis, and literary theory as they examine and analyze global, medieval, British, and American literature. The program also investigates the history of the publishing industry, literary organizations and awards, factors that drive the literary market, and current trends in publishing. The screenwriting concentration offers a comprehensive study of the visual medium of film, including feature-lengths, short films, documentaries, news broadcasts, commercials, and television shows. Students can develop an understanding of how plot, scene, visuals, dialogue, and character work together to create a visual moment in time. Students have the opportunity to develop their own screenplay.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of loans, scholarships, and grants. Contact the SNHU One Stop office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting*:

English & Creative Writing Courses

  • ENG 550: Graduate Studies in English Language
  • LIT 500: Graduate Studies in Literary Theory
  • EDU 750: Seminar in Teaching Writing
  • Choose six of the following:
    • LIT 506: Medieval Literature
    • LIT 514: American Realism and Naturalism
    • LIT 555: American Modernism
    • LIT 650: Graduate Seminar in American Literature
    • LIT 651: Graduate Seminar in British Literature
    • LIT 652: Graduate Seminar in Global Literature
    • ENG 540: Context of Writing: Writers/Publishers

Screenwriting Concentration Courses

  • ENG 523: Screenwriting Fundamentals
  • ENG 547: Screenwriting Thesis Writing
  • ENG 557: Screenwriting Thesis Completion

* Coursework is subject to change.

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

The Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting programs offers students the opportunity to develop critical thinking, literary, writing, and communication skills. Graduates of the program may use these skills to find career opportunities as independent writers, or at television and movie production studios, newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, publishing houses, and more. Graduates could seek a variety of careers, including:

  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Broadcast Journalist

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