Screenwriting: Program Details – Asbury University
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Welcome to Asbury University’s Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting program! This M.F.A. program will prepare you to craft compelling stories for film and television. The program combines theoretical knowledge with the practical skills needed for exceptional storytelling and success in the industry.

Our program is uniquely faith-based, encourages collaboration between students, and provides students with powerful feedback from peers, faculty, and industry professionals. You’ll have the chance to meet industry expert guest speakers and project leaders, and have access to unique opportunities like film/TV productions and media apprenticeships that will help you build a phenomenal portfolio to showcase your talents. As a student in the M.F.A. program, you’ll also participate in our unique Los Angeles Media Workshop, an intensive two-week summer session that gives you the chance to spend time with production professionals and explore areas such as lighting, design, writing, studio back lots, and acting.

Who Can Apply?

If you completed an undergraduate course in single camera (film-style) shooting & editing, you can move directly into the online M.F.A. in Screenwriting program and complete the degree in 42 credit hours, provided that your writing portfolio is accepted. The M.F.A. in Screenwriting is considered a terminal degree.

If you’re a media professional or have extensive media experience in single camera shooting and editing, you can move directly into the online M.F.A. in Screenwriting program and complete the degree in 42 credit hours, provided that your writing portfolio is accepted.

If you don’t have prior media experience and/or have not completed media classes, you’ll need to take a prerequisite course in Single Camera Production (MC 302). This means you’ll be required to take 3 prerequisite credit hours plus the program’s 42 credit hours in order to complete the M.F.A. program. The prerequisite course can be taken online, on campus during the Fall and Spring semesters, or as an intensive two-week class during the summer.

Credit for Professional Experience: Up to 3 hours of credit for professional experience may be considered in place of a specific course. Talk to your faculty advisor for more information.

Projected Program course cycle: Students can pursue their coursework at different rates. If you’re a full-time student, it’s possible to complete the program in two-three years. Some students, especially those with families and professional obligations, choose to spread the program out over three-four years.

Degree Requirements

Ready to get started? Here are the classes you’ll need to take. Please note that if you have not completed prerequisite MC 302 (Single Camera Production), or its equivalent, you’ll need to take it as part of your degree path; this course is offered online or as a two-week intensive course during the summer.

Screenwriting Core (36 Hours)

  • DSG 502 – Intro to Grad. Communication
  • DSG 520 – Tools for Writers
  • DSG 550 – Master Storytellers Seminar
  • DSG 582 – Feature Film Screenwriting
  • DSG 585 – Cross-Platform Storytelling
  • DSG 600 – Reading the Great Scripts
  • DSG 614 – Writing the One-Hour Drama
  • DSG 616 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy
  • DSG 620 – Rewriting the Script
  • DSG 642 – Media Ethics & Criticism
  • DSG 680 – Los Angeles Media Workshop
  • DSG 799 – Creative Project

Elective Courses (Choose 2 courses = 6 Hours)

You may choose any DSG or MCG course (not previously used), an IDG course, or an MBA or NPM 500-level course. Below are some examples of courses you could choose.

  • DSG 610 – Cinematography Theory & Practice
  • DSG 612 – Summer Film Production
  • DSG 613 – Summer Television Production
  • DSG 630 – Viral Marketing Methods
  • DSG 625 – Deconstructing the Documentary
  • DSG 650 – The Business of Media
  • DSG 655 – Directing for Television & Film
  • DSG 710 – Directed Apprenticeship
  • MCG 530 – Media Ministry & the Church
  • MCG 533 – Advanced Journalistic Research/Writing
  • MCG 525 – Sports Storytelling
  • MCG 532 – Sundance Film Festival
  • MCG 560 – Underwater Cinematography
  • IDG 550 – Project Management
  • MBA 516 – Strategic Marketing

The degree requirements are also available for download as a PDF.