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Master of Fine Arts

Screenwriting

 

Overview

The Master of Fine Arts is a highly selective two-year program designed to cultivate the writer's voice through a demanding curriculum focused on the business and craft of screenwriting that culminates in a comprehensive film and television portfolio of original work. In the evolving media landscape where style, form, and distribution are subject to change, the one constant is great stories. Tell yours at DePaul University.

 

PAGE ONE WRITER'S CONFERENCE

CDM's School of Cinema and Interactive Media hosts the Page One Writer's Conference, an annual event that brings in a panel of professional screenwriters from different backgrounds – live comedy, multimedia, television, film and others – to share their perspective, experience and advice.

FIRST LOOK SCREENWRITING CONTEST

The First Look Screenwriting Contest is designed to advocate the distinct creative voices of the university's preeminent screenwriters.  Emphasis is placed on uncovering well-crafted stories that are unapologetic about their commercial and/or innovative leanings.  Contest honorees will work directly with DePaul professors to prepare their scripts for submission to a select group of production companies, managers, and agents for potential acquisition or representation.  The annual contest accepts submissions during the Winter Quarter.

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Visiting Artists Series

The School of Cinema & Interactive Media's Visiting Artist Series brings the top animators, filmmakers, game artists and designers to DePaul for workshops and lectures. Past visiting artists include legendary Russian animator Yuri Norstein, film directors Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Tim Robbins (Dead Man Walking), actors Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) and Danny Pudi (Community) and producer Paula Wagner (Mission Impossible).

Admission Process

The Graduate Admission process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts, and any additional information, e.g. letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.

Please visit our Graduate Admissions page for more information.

Faculty Perspectives

 

The Script List

Upon graduation, your contact information as well as the titles and loglines of all of your projects will be put into a book that will be sent to hundreds of agents and managers in order to help your work get into the hands of those who can buy it and get it made. Additionally, each spring after you graduate, we will check in to see what you have written so that we can include your most recent scripts in the alumni section of the book; we will continue to promote you and your work in this way for as long as you continue to write!

Flexible Program

All of the MFA Screenwriting: Writing for Film and Television courses are offered in the evenings to allow working professionals to be able to attend graduate school full time while still maintaining their current careers. The curriculum is designed to be completed in twenty-one months, but it can also be done at a slower pace for those who are interesting in participating part-time.

LA Quarter

LA Quarter Want to uncover the secret to breaking into the film and television industry? Find out by participating in DePaul's LA Quarter. This ten-week immersion program enables you to live in Los Angeles, take classes on a historic studio lot, and intern at high-profile companies that align with your professional goals.
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