Master of Arts in Screenwriting

The Master of Arts in Screenwriting prepares writers with literary talent and strong motivation to tell substantive stories that point audiences toward truth and beauty, while exploring the dialogue between faith and cinematic arts. Faculty are entertainment industry veterans who are passionate about mentoring students as they hone their craft. And with close proximity to Hollywood, students benefit from collaborative opportunities to learn from visiting professionals.

The M.A. in Screenwriting program is offered in a low-residency program format that supports working professionals. The program is the only graduate screenwriting degree offered among Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) on the West Coast.

Program Highlights

  • A low-residency format enables students to complete their master’s degree during three summer terms and online courses during the fall and spring terms.
  • Multiple entry points so students can select the ideal time to start their graduate education journey.
  • Highly collaborative relationships with professor-mentors who encourage writers to hone their craft through critique and individual instruction.
  • A learning environment located less than 25 miles from Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world.
Required Courses
SCW 501Cinematic Arts and Culture3
SCW 519Directing for Screenwriters3
SCW 520Script Analysis for Screenplays and Teleplays3
SCW 575Screenwriting: Story and Character3
SCW 595Entertainment Production3
SCW 615Development and Production for Screenwriters3
SCW 611Adaptation for Film and Television3
SCW 685Writing the Feature Screenplay3
SCW 699Screenplay/Teleplay Portfolio Workshop3
Select one of the following3
Writing the Drama Pilot
Writing the Comedy Pilot
Total Units30