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LMU - Writing for the Screen (M.F.A.)

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Degrees Offered
  1. 3 Year M.F.A.
  1. Producing
  2. Screenwriting
  3. Writing and Producing for Television
  4. Writing for Screen & Television
  5. Television
Yearly Tuition
$10k to $20k
Application Deadlines
December 11, 2020
Loyola Marymount’s School of Film and Television is a Top 10 program on the rise and offers two MFA options for the aspiring screenwriter, Writing for the Screen and Writing and Producing for Television. Both programs are three years as opposed to two like most MFA programs.

The Writing for the Screen program begins with the fundamental elements of storytelling and production, then progresses through creating a portfolio of work that includes three feature-length screenplays, one episodic teleplay, and at least one original pilot for television. The Writing and Producing for Television program prepares students for a career in television as writers and showrunners with the first two years of coursework focused on the development of spec scripts, pilots, and long-form teleplays written and workshopped in a writers’ room environment.

LMU prides itself on its third year of study which sets it apart from other programs and is dedicated to professional development with an emphasis on the rewrite. It also focuses on portfolio reviews and pitch rehearsals, and includes regular lectures and workshops with industry professionals. The program cumulates in a Pitch Fest for students.

Both programs require LMU’s graduate application and transcripts (which must be physically mailed to the school), a personal statement, a video recording (done within the application portal – not as a separate file to be uploaded), two letters of recommendation, and creative samples, including a 3-5 page screenplay based on one of LMU’s provided prompts, a feature-length screenplay or teleplay, and either another feature-length screenplay or teleplay or a short story of one-act play. LMU recommends applicants submit the short story or a one-act play option for their second sample and the program requires an interview. In recent years, LMU’s acceptance notices have gone out in late spring, compared to other programs that notify students in late March and early April.

LMU opened its new SFTV state-of-the-art Playa Vista campus near the school’s main Westchester campus in 2018, providing students with a space to focus on their craft and collaborate with students from other disciplines. The school also provides graduate students 18 months of one-on-one industry mentorship following graduation. Learn more about LMU’s admission requirements here.
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GRE Required?
Portfolio Required?
Letters of Reference Req.
Internship Opportunities
Yes (mandatory)
Application Requirements
1) Write a Scene Based on Prompt
2) One Feature Length Screenplay or Teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot) OR Short Story or a One-Act Play
3) Personal Statement
4) 1-Minute Video Recording

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