UCLA TFT - Screenwriting (M.F.A.)

Degrees Offered
2 Year M.F.A.
Yearly Tuition
$20k to $30k
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November 1, 2019
The two-year Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting program encourages students to concentrate upon the challenge of writing a well-structured story inhabited by vivid, compelling characters. The elements of character, dialogue, scene, setting, texture, style and tone are explored through an intensive workshop process.

"The great misconception among new and untested writers is that screenwriting is easy," says screenwriter and Lecturer Emeritus Hal Ackerman, the former co-head of the UCLA TFT Screenwriting Program. "Trust me, it's harder than it looks. The beauty of a great artist, like a great athlete, is the ability to make something amazingly difficult and complex look easy."

Screenplay writing is a rigorous craft and, at its best, an art. In UCLA TFT's Screenwriting Program students learn all the key elements of creating scripts for feature film and television, including story structure, plot, scene development, characterization and dialogue. The goal is to prepare students to turn their stories into screenplays. A series of writing assignments guides them toward mastering the basics, which are used to conceptualize and begin work on their scripts.

Established in 1965, the UCLA TFT Screenwriting Program has provided a strong foundation for hundreds of alumni. Program graduates include Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), Dean Hargrove (Columbo), David Koepp (Spider Man), Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves), Michael Miner (RoboCop), Brian Nelson (Hard Candy), Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants), Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. (Norma Rae), Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity), David S. Ward (The Sting), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) and Caroline Williams (Miss/Guided).
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