Writing for Film + Television

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Do you have a passion for visual storytelling, for story structure and character development? Have you imagined yourself writing an Oscar- or Emmy-winning screenplay for a blockbuster, a Sundance Film Festival indie, a documentary, a TV show or a web series? Then the University of the Arts' Writing for Film + Television program offers you the opportunity to develop your creativity and skills in pursuit of those goals. Our location is ideal for aspiring screenwriters, in the heart of Philadelphia’s thriving arts district and in close proximity to New York City.

What Makes Us Different

Our writing classes are small and feature one-on-one story conferences with instructors who provide valuable feedback on students’ creative work.

The workshop and revision processes are hallmarks of this program, where both students and instructors offer critiques and insights into student work.

Our writers also learn and apply the craft of professionally pitching their stories through all four years of their time here – a necessary skill if pursuing a career in the film-television-internet entertainment business.

Each student graduates from the Writing for Film + Television program with an impressive portfolio that can include a feature-length screenplay, a television pilot, two spec scripts from existing episodic-television series, feature-length outlines intended for screenplays based on adaptations from fiction and nonfiction sources, and several short outlines that can be developed as short film scripts or web series.

Meet Our Faculty

Our industry-experienced faculty members include a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer, an Emmy-nominated television movie producer, as well as the former director of Programming for the Family Channel, and vp of Daytime Television for NBC. They’ve worked at the William Morris talent agency, TriStar Pictures and Warner Bros.; they’ve successfully pitched numerous projects to producers, studios, networks, cable and internet channels; their work has won a Leeway Foundation grant; they’ve edited and produced documentary shorts for HBO; and they have had feature-length and short films that they’ve written, directed and produced screened at prominent film festivals around the world.

Writing for Film + Television faculty >>

Career Paths

Executive Story Editor Supervising Producer
Producer Series Showrunner
Executive Producer Series Story Editor
Series Staff Writer Co-Producer
Writer’s Assistant/Assistant to Writers’ Room  
Assistant to Executive News Editor
Copywriter Film or Television Historian
Marketing Executive Segment Writer/Producer Executive
Producer/Writer of Promotional Spots  
Script Reader Assistant to Talent Agent
Agent Casting Director
Personal Assistant to Actor/Director/ Producer  
Blogger Website Content Writer
Webisode Creator/Writer Publicity/Marketing Planner/Creator/ Writer
Current Executive Programming Executive
Assistant to Development Executive Advertising Executive
Network/Cable Development Executive  
Editor Script Supervisor
Production Assistant Assistant to the Producer
Executive Producer/Producer Production Coordinator
Novelist News Writer
Magazine Writer Playwright
Film Critic Poet
Screenwriter Copy Writer
Short Story Writer  

Writing for Film + Television Alumni

Alumni of the program include:

  • Writer chosen as one of NBC/Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writer Fellows for 2015
  • Writer of several Disney Pixar "Mickey Mouse" shorts screening on the Disney Channel who won a Creative Arts Emmy Award
  • Award-winning playwright and 2012 Most Promising Musical Theatre librettist, who is currently writing a comedy pilot for TBS and has developed TV pilots for Fox TV Studios, USA Network and NBC/Universal
  • Executive producer/writer for various TLC and Discovery Channel series
  • Regional Documentary Emmy Award winner
  • Coordinator of Current Programming at the CW network who is now a creative executive at DC Entertainment
  • Author of multiple teen-lit novels published by Scholastic and Simon and Schuster – one of the novels is being adapted into an MTV series
  • Co-executive producer/writer of animated series "Get Blake" for Nickelodeon
  • Producer and personal assistant to Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning actress and director Angelica Huston
  • Writer for the Nick-at-Nite animated series "Fatherhood" who now writes on-air promotions for the Sprout Channel
  • Co-writer of the feature screenplay "Calendar Girl," winner of the Best Independent Screenplay prize at the Philadelphia Film Festival
  • Writer of "Find Me," an official film selection in the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival
  • Online journalist commissioned to write film reviews and media articles for various internet media outlets
  • Winner of the Under-25 Feature Film award for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s “Shot In Philadelphia” Screenwriting Contest

Leslie Arfin

Visiting Writers Series: Lesley Arfin

Creative Writing-sponsored series presents a reading by the writer for Girls, Awkward, Portlandia and Brooklyn Nine-Nine: November 17, 6:30 p.m. in Connelly Auditorium.

David Greenberg

News posted on Apr 25 2016

Films by Faculty, Alumnus Screen at Local Festival

Work by WFTV Senior Lecturer David Greenberg and alumnus Andrew Donato BFA ’12 (WFTV) premieres at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.

Carlos Rios 14 (WFTV)

News posted on Apr 22 2015

WFTV Alum Named Universal Pictures' Emerging Writers Fellow

Carlos Rios BFA '14 (Writing for Film + Television) wins yearlong fellowship at prestigious LA studio.