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MFA in Script and Screenwriting

Regent University's Master of Fine Arts in Script and Screenwriting program is intended to prepare students for a career writing or editing scripts for theater, movies, or television. Read more about the coursework, the prerequisites, and the potential job opportunities here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Fine Arts in Script and Screenwriting

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Candidates of the MFA in Script and Screenwriting program at Regent University should be interested in preparing for a writing career in television or film production. All applicants to Regent University graduate programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The MFA in Script and Screenwriting program at Regent University is designed to teach students about the writing process for film, television, and stage. The curriculum includes coursework that allows students to develop scripts from conception to completion, including preliminary research, storyline development, and scene analysis. The coursework also allows students to explore TV and applied film theories and aesthetics in order to understand the role such elements play in script and screenwriting production. Through the incorporation of the portfolio and practicum credit hours, students also have the chance to develop three full-length scripts while completing their studies.

Learning Format:

On campus and online

Program Length:

44 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the MFA in Script and Screenwriting Program

The MFA in Script and Screenwriting requires that students complete a minimum of 44 credit hours. These requirements include core courses, critical studies electives, general electives, university-wide requirement courses, and capstone coursework. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Course Requirements (26-30 credits)

  • Aesthetics for the Contemporary Communicator
  • Redemptive Film
  • Story Structure for Stage and Screen
  • Playwriting
  • Writing the Short Film
  • Writing for Television
  • Feature Film Scriptwriting
  • Topics in Scriptwriting
  • Culminating Experience Preparation
  • MFA Practicum

Critical Studies Elective Course Requirements (3 credits)

  • Topics in the Critical Study of Film-TV

General Elective Courses (6 credits minimum)

  • Students must complete 6 credits worth of general electives

University Required Courses (2 credits)

  • Student choose one of the following courses:
    • Regent Foundations for Graduate Success
    • Information Research and Resources

Capstone Courses (3 hours minimum)

  • Portfolio

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths

Students that successfully complete the MFA in Script and Screenwriting at Regent University may have developed the writing, research, and creativity skills needed to pursue a variety of writing careers in film, TV, or stage production. Graduates may consider, but are not limited to, the following career opportunities:

  • Television writer
  • Trade writer
  • Script doctor/editor
  • Film critic
  • Feature film screenwriter

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