Screenwriting Program Review by a Second Year Student
Variety of Courses
Graduate Teaching Instructor Opportunities
Focused on Storytelling at it’s core
No overlap with production prescribed into curriculum
Conflicting Perspectives from Faculty
Current student in the screenwriting MFA program at BU.
There’s a lot to love in this program, I think overall it is one of the more underrated screenwriting programs in the nation, and I don’t say that because I go here, or maybe I do . Biases aside, the course work is really great, and it’s all done within very intimate settings. The cohort of the program is by design small, with the department capping the program at 12 students each year. As a prospective student, this does make your chances of getting into the program that much harder, but as an admitted student, trust me when I say it really helps. The small class sizes allow for you to really get to know your peers and their style of writing, to the point where you can easily recognize someone’s story and their voice, even if you didn’t know it was their piece. Beyond that, the course work is challenging, but it does expand upon your abilities as a writer, and the focus on storytelling not only helps your screenwriting, but fiction too if you are also versed in that.
Downsides to the program, the faculty has varying opinions on a number of different screenplay formatting rules, and storytelling principles. It leads to a confusing take on what should be an educational experience. You find yourself wondering how you should write depending on what a particular Professor is looking for. That being said, different perspectives truly help educate, so while it may be confusing at times, I think the overall effect of these different perspectives is a positive one.
Submitted my application the day of the deadline. I submitted a short film I did cinematography for, a film reel, and a 20-page screenplay. I also wrote a 2-page scene (an application requirement for the program).
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