Master of Fine Arts - Writing for Dramatic Media

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Dramatic Media (changed from Screenwriting) the student should be able to:

  • Use professional on-page formatting technique.
  • Explain why the various formatting choices are put to use.
  • Execute a verbal “pitch”.
  • Collaborate on a verbal “pitch”.
  • Identify story elements in the “pitch” and distinguish their effectiveness.
  • Revise all of the work presented, in response to critical analysis.
  • Recognize the structural strengths and weaknesses of completed written drafts of scripts.
  • Communicate, in a collegial environment, their critical analysis of work presented by the cohort.
  • Analysis of traditionally accepted “classic” screenplays in both written and verbal response.
  • Be able to create a work of dramatic media from inception, pitch, first draft and subsequent drafts in the most professional manner possible.
  • Create a personal collection of written works for various dramatic media (plays, screenplays, teleplays, webisodes, mobisodes, etc.). Each candidate should have a minimum of three feature screenplays, two teleplays and two samples from other media.

Representative Syllabi