The Writing for Film and Television curriculum consists of 40 credits. Each semester begins with a week-long residency, which will be held on our Boston (Fall) or Los Angeles (Spring) campus.

Following the residency, you will take two online classes each semester. Online classes are primarily asynchronous, with some synchronous elements included.

As an MFA candidate, you will complete a professional-caliber portfolio that contains the following:

  • Short Screenplays
  • Feature Screenplay
  • Television Spec Script
  • Original Television/Cable/Streaming Pilot
  • Additional Script (Pilot or Feature Screenplay)
  • Critical Essays
Semester 1
SW 631Writing Workshop I - Writing for Short-Form MediaOnline4
SW 621Film GenresOnline4
N/AResidency I: Storytelling and Writing Short Scripts (Boston)In-person2
Semester 2
SW 632Writing Workshop II: Writing Series TelevisionOnline4
SW 622The Writer’s RoomOnline4
N/AResidency II: Series Television Writing (LA)In-person2
Semester 3
SW 633Writing Workshop III: Feature Film ScreenwritingOnline
SW 624Writers in DevelopmentOnline4
N/AResidency III: Long-Form Writing (Boston) In-person2
Semester 4
SW 698MFA Thesis ProjectOnline
SW 623Television GenresOnline4
N/AResidency IV: The Business of Screenwriting (LA)In-person2

*Note: These are subject to change

Residency Schedule

See our Academic Calendar for specific residency dates for each semester.

Online Academic & Management Guidelines

Our low-residency Writing for Film and Television MFA requires students to be self-directed and disciplined in time management in order to meet the weekly demands of the lectures, readings, film viewings, and discussions, as well as time devoted to writing.

MFA students should expect to spend a minimum of 8-10 hours per week on writing and coursework and should approach our online environment with just as much attention as any on-campus graduate program.

Students in each cohort have their own way of connecting outside of the structured online courses via texting, emails, in-person meetups, or virtual group calls. Faculty members are available for virtual and in-person office hours to support your writing and growth.