CSUN Screenwriting MFA

Cdemon

Active Member
I have an odd question I’m hesitant to ask but haven’t found any info on. Do either of you, @micjagguar @Chris W , know anything about CSUN’s Screenwriting MFA- particularly if they have decent internship opportunities, how they teachers and workshops are and if you’ve ever heard anything “in the biz” positive or negative?
There’s a real gap where any of this info would be, at least from what I’ve found.

I’ve read the few threads on here about it and they don’t generally talk about CSUN much. They usually focus on whatever school CSUN is being compared to.
 
I have an odd question I’m hesitant to ask but haven’t found any info on. Do either of you, @micjagguar @Chris W , know anything about CSUN’s Screenwriting MFA- particularly if they have decent internship opportunities, how they teachers and workshops are and if you’ve ever heard anything “in the biz” positive or negative?
There’s a real gap where any of this info would be, at least from what I’ve found.
i do know some great film/tv editors who have come from CSUN... ironically, a couple of them did get their MFA in screenwriting from there! i can ask them what they felt they got out of the program and send you a private message later on. as far as hearing anything positive or negative "in the biz" about this school, can't say i've heard anything. but, again, most people don't care where/if someone went to school :)
 

Cdemon

Active Member
i do know some great film/tv editors who have come from CSUN... ironically, a couple of them did get their MFA in screenwriting from there! i can ask them what they felt they got out of the program and send you a private message later on. as far as hearing anything positive or negative "in the biz" about this school, can't say i've heard anything. but, again, most people don't care where/if someone went to school :)
That would be amazing! THANKS!
 

alanray

Active Member
I have an odd question I’m hesitant to ask but haven’t found any info on. Do either of you, @micjagguar @Chris W , know anything about CSUN’s Screenwriting MFA- particularly if they have decent internship opportunities, how they teachers and workshops are and if you’ve ever heard anything “in the biz” positive or negative?
There’s a real gap where any of this info would be, at least from what I’ve found.

I’ve read the few threads on here about it and they don’t generally talk about CSUN much. They usually focus on whatever school CSUN is being compared to.
That's funny, I'm the only one I've seen apply to CSUN around these forums. It was just my last resort school. It does have a nice bang for your buck reputation, it's super cheap and still very close to LA. I don't know too much about the program in depth, just that I know a guy that teaches there. He said the MFA program has made good strides in recent years apparently. And the guy I know that teaches there is the best damn teacher I've ever had bar none, so there's that. I've seen CSUN creep up on a few film school lists, it could be considered a top 25 school. That's all I really know. I don't really know if they have a good access to networking or internship opportunities really, which is why I wasn't sure about them. Funny you asked though since you were already accepted to AFI lol
 

Cdemon

Active Member
That's funny, I'm the only one I've seen apply to CSUN around these forums. It was just my last resort school. It does have a nice bang for your buck reputation, it's super cheap and still very close to LA. I don't know too much about the program in depth, just that I know a guy that teaches there. He said the MFA program has made good strides in recent years apparently. And the guy I know that teaches there is the best damn teacher I've ever had bar none, so there's that. I've seen CSUN creep up on a few film school lists, it could be considered a top 25 school. That's all I really know. I don't really know if they have a good access to networking or internship opportunities really, which is why I wasn't sure about them. Funny you asked though since you were already accepted to AFI lol
I applied- 😬 it’s also, sorta my safety, but also sorta so much less money. I’m THRILLED I got into AFI and I’d love to go there but also $$$. And I’ve read more good things about CSUN recently- like the lists you mentioned but not much else. Ironically, yesterday I found an article that said CSUN only accepts 15 ppl, which means my safety may be harder to get into than the bigger schools (assuming everyone applies to it as a safety which hopefully for us isn’t the case).
Anyway, at this point, I’d love to get in there and have the burden of choice some others have and see what I think I can financially and all do. In any case the more knowledge the better- always- so knowing more about them, whether I get in or not, would be nice.
Good luck to you!!!
 

alanray

Active Member
Hey new thread! Lol
 

alanray

Active Member
Also for anyone reading this in the future I've heard CSUN has great facilities 👍
 

Chris W

As You Wish
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i do know some great film/tv editors who have come from CSUN... ironically, a couple of them did get their MFA in screenwriting from there! i can ask them what they felt they got out of the program and send you a private message later on. as far as hearing anything positive or negative "in the biz" about this school, can't say i've heard anything. but, again, most people don't care where/if someone went to school :)
Oooh... Please have them review the school on this page:

 
Am in
I applied- 😬 it’s also, sorta my safety, but also sorta so much less money. I’m THRILLED I got into AFI and I’d love to go there but also $$$. And I’ve read more good things about CSUN recently- like the lists you mentioned but not much else. Ironically, yesterday I found an article that said CSUN only accepts 15 ppl, which means my safety may be harder to get into than the bigger schools (assuming everyone applies to it as a safety which hopefully for us isn’t the case).
Anyway, at this point, I’d love to get in there and have the burden of choice some others have and see what I think I can financially and all do. In any case the more knowledge the better- always- so knowing more about them, whether I get in or not, would be nice.
Good luck to you!!!
Am in the exact same position as you! I’d heard from a previous professor that CSUN was a pretty good school.
 

Cdemon

Active Member
Yeah, I’m glad to hear there are a few of us. I was kinda waiting for a CSUN thread to bloom, thanks @Chris W, it sounds like it’s a decent program and so affordable. I haven’t heard much about their internships etc, but I want to take a tour and hopefully find out :)
 

biacelani

Member
Hey y'all! I'm applying to CSUN as well. 4 people in total now, this thread is growing by the minute lol. CSUN is also my safety school and I'll probably be going to AFI (I'm on the Fulbright scholarship so luckily $$ isn't a big factor).

But anyways, I'm still curious to know more about CSUN since it was hella hard to find any info on the program when I was researching. What honestly drawed me to the program where all those interviews with Eric Edson on Film Courage <3
He seems so sweet and passionate about screenwriting, I could listen to him talk all day.

Also for anyone reading this in the future I've heard CSUN has great facilities 👍
Also, this 👆
CSUN literally has a spa/wellness center on their campus and I love them for it haha
 

alanray

Active Member
Yep! I just got accepted too! I have options now lol. Although the fact they only give us a week to accept or deny enrollment is ridiculous
 

alanray

Active Member

alanray

Active Member
So apparently they only accept 14 students a year? And I heard there was 78 applicants this year so that’s a 18% acceptance rate. Wow didn’t think it was that hard to get in
 

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