In the Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) in Screenwriting degree program, students master cinematic storytelling concepts and techniques. Throughout this hands-on program, students work and study at the same pace as professional screenwriters, writing scripts and proposals for film, television, comic books, games, as well as web series.
Studying under the mentorship and guidance of our experienced faculty of active industry screenwriters, students grow individually as artists and write intensively, learning to adhere to project guidelines and take constructive criticism while retaining a unique artistic voice.
MFA students also learn to build strong, three-dimensional characters and develop compelling story worlds and franchises across multiple visual media. To round out their knowledge and experience in narrative storytelling, students also expand on their knowledge of filmmaking, acting, and editing. Due to the rigorous nature of this program, it’s a great opportunity for students with ambitious goals in film, media, and entertainment.
MFA students must complete an industry internship in each of their final two semesters to help them develop their skills and begin to build their network.
The Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Screenwriting is an accelerated, two-year, five-semester, full-time graduate program. NYFA makes the accelerated schedule possible by creating an extended academic year, allowing students to complete three full-length semesters each calendar year.
The goal of NYFA’s MFA program is for aspiring screenwriters to create, write, develop, rewrite, and pitch high-quality scripts. Students build a portfolio of writing that includes at least two feature length screenplays, two scripts for existing television shows, at least one original television series pilot and series proposal, a proposal for an original transmedia franchise, plus proposals for a web series, video game, podcast, and comic book, and mini treatments and proposals for additional film and television projects. Students also write and direct a short film.
Depending on elective choices, students either write and direct the pilot of their web series or the first episode of their podcast. They also have the elective choices that allow them to dive further into comic books or games, as well as generate a proposal for an unscripted/reality project, or write a one act play. This program concludes in a Pitch Fest, where students get to pitch their thesis script to agents, managers, executives, and/or producers. To learn more about the projects within the MFA program, visit our project page.
Students pursuing their MFA in Screenwriting attend NYFA Los Angeles, known as the West Coast’s primary hub for film, television, media, and entertainment. As NYFA Los Angeles is centrally located next to Universal and Warner Brother studios, students may have the opportunity to shoot on the Warner Bros backlot.
NYFA Los Angeles
3300 W Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505