a Department in the College of Communications
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Screenwriting targets those who desire a professionally oriented education and training in screenwriting for film, television, and interactive media.
The degree program is designed as a two year degree program (consisting of 42 units), culminating in two (2) screenwriting thesis projects aimed at the professional film, television and other media market.
Application requirements: Bachelors degree from an accredited university and samples of competent and creative writing, such as original screenplays, teleplays, theatrical plays, or other narrative work. Competitive application process.
The degree program consists of 14 courses of three units each, totalling 42 units. The study plan consists of four courses per semester for the first three semesters and two courses in the final fourth semester. All courses are offered by the Department of Radio-TV-Film and are designated as "RTVF" in the catalog and schedule of classes.
480 Management in RTVF
512 American Television History
515 Film Theory and Criticism
520 Advanced Scene Study
550 Story Structure and Draft
551 Sitcom: Spec and Draft
552 One-Hour Drama: TV Spec and Pilot
553T Genres for Writers
555 First Draft Screenplay
556 Screenplay: Rewrite
562 Media Literacy and Ethics
580 Writing Project #1
581 Writing Project #2
597 Final Project
Student Learning Outcomes
Policies and Guidelines
How To Apply
Those applying to the Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting program must first apply to California State University Fullerton for admission. Please go to www.csumentor.edu to access the online application and request for transcripts.
In order to consider your application to this graduate program, we will need the following supplementary materials sent directly to our office via post (please do not send to the campus Admissions office, that will only delay the process). All materials must be typewritten.
One (1) essay . In your essay, explain why you feel this is the right program for you at this time in your life.(This should be no longer than two pages.) Include your name, address, phone and email address at the top of the essay.
Two (2) creative writing samples. The samples should best represent you, such as: a film script (short or feature length), and/or a play (short or full length), and/or a short story, and/or an other writing sample you think is appropriate. We will be open to any imaginative piece of work that you feel represents you.
Three (3) recommendations. These should be from teachers, mentors or other applicable sources who are able to write regarding your writing and/or work ethic. Each recommendation should include an email address or phone number where the person may be reached.
DEADLINE for Fall 2013 cohort TBA.
The submission of these materials by March 1 will enable our graduate committee to give full consideration to each applicant. Late submissions will be considered as time and space in the program permits.
Application materials should be sent together in one mailing to:
MFA in Screenwriting
CSUF RTVF CP-650-07
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton CA 92831-3547
Be sure to put RTVF in the address to ensure your materials get to the department.
Questions? Email Professor Jule Selbo, MFA advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Radio-TV-Film office at (657) 278-7883.