Writing for Film + TV
Bring your passion for visual storytelling, story structure and character development to UArts, and we'll provide the opportunity to develop your creativity and skills in pursuit of those goals. Whether you have a dream of writing a web series, an Oscar- or Emmy-winning screenplay, a Sundance Film Festival indie, a documentary, or a TV show, UArts is the right place. Our writing classes are small and feature one-on-one story conferences with instructors who provide valuable feedback on your work. The workshop and revision processes are hallmarks of this program, where both students and instructors offer critiques and insights into student work.
UArts' well-rounded and collaborative coursework means you'll graduate with an impressive portfolio. Your work might include a feature-length screenplay, a television pilot, or spec scripts from existing episodic-television series. Or it could be outlines to develop as short film scripts or web series.
Our writers also learn from the beginning how to pitch their stories—a necessary skill for a career in the film-television-internet entertainment business.
Featured below: still from short film “Equity” by alumnus Andrew Donato BFA ’12.
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.
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Sample Courses in the Writing for Film + Television Major
About the Curriculum
The Writing for Film and Television program teaches future screenwriters, filmmakers, television writers, story-development executives, and producers the art of writing narrative scripts for the big and small screens. Students write feature-length screenplays, television pilots, hour-long teleplays; gain a sophisticated knowledge of story development; and create, write, and produce episodic drama series for the Web. The core of this experience is writing and revising in a workshop environment with close guidance and support from industry-experienced faculty.
Graduates of the Writing for Film + Television program are expected to:
- Solve story problems creatively and through experimentation;
- Generate or find story ideas to develop for movies, television, or web series;
- Apply the techniques of dramatic structure to a variety of works, both one’s own and those of other writers;
- Develop a more sophisticated and evocative use of language;
- Revise written work in light of knowledge learned about dramatic structure and skills honed as a writer;
- Develop competency in written and oral critical analysis of scripted work;
- Demonstrate professional scriptwriting practices;
- Understand the collaborative nature of film and television development, and production practices;
- Refine public speaking and verbal story pitching skills;
- Recognize historical and cultural influences on film, television, and web writing and production.
To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Film + Television, students will complete a total of 121.5 credits as follows:
- 60 credits in the Writing for Film + Television Major
- 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
- 9 credits in Discipline History
- 33 credits in the Liberal Arts
- 15 credits in free Electives
UArts' Writing for Film + Television alumni can be found in Hollywood, New York City and across the entertainment industry, winning Emmy awards and following a wide range of career paths.
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