CTVA

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN SCREENWRITING COURSE SCHEDULE

The Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting degree requires a minimum of 42 units. All 500- and 600-level classes are 3 units and are offered only once per academic year. Classes meet once a week from 7 to 9:45 p.m. and are required unless otherwise noted.

FIRST SEMESTER, FALL (9 units)

  • CTVA 505   Contemporary Film Analysis
  • CTVA 510   Screenplay Scene Writing 
  • CTVA 595D Writing Episodic Television

SECOND SEMESTER, SPRING (12 units)

  • CTVA 500   Theory and History of Cinema
  • CTVA 525   Graduate Screenwriting
  • CTVA 595G  Screenwriting Pedagogy
  • CTVA 510   Writing Screenplay Comedy

THIRD SEMESTER, FALL (12 units)

  • CTVA 625   Writing the Feature Screenplay
  • CTVA 692   Thesis Script Preparation
  • CTVA 595G  Advanced Motion Picture Script Analysis (or approved elective)
  • CTVA 595E  Directing and Production for Writers

FOURTH SEMESTER, SPRING (9 units)

  • CTVA 694C  Graduate Internship
  • CTVA 698C  Thesis Screenplay
  • CTVA 595F  Film Practicum: Agents, Producers and Studios

Courses Eligible for Elective Credit (subject to change)

NOTE: Graduate students may only count two 400-level courses toward the M.F.A. degree. All courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

  • CTVA 400   Media and Society
  • CTVA 410   Advanced Film Theory: Studies in Film Style
  • CTVA 412   Analysis of Classic Filmmakers
  • CTVA 413   Women as Filmmakers
  • CTVA 415   International Cinema
  • CTVA 416   The Documentary Tradition in Film and Electronic Media Writing the Short Film
  • CTVA 482   Network Program Development
  • CTVA 487   Social Controls and Regulation of Electronic Media