Downtown Pittsburgh's Creative Center for Film and Theatre
Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts offers Downtown Pittsburgh's first low-residency Master of Fine Arts in writing for the screen and stage, a rigorous and challenging program taught by nationally recognized, award-winning screenwriters and playwrights.
The M.F.A. in screenwriting and playwriting program will immerse you in the art of dramatic writing, which is like no other literary form. Like Pittsburgh's three rivers, the confluence of craft, hard work and imagination is the source of all successful storytelling in film, theater, television and the evolving multiplatform storytelling world.
Applications for summer 2017 will be accepted beginning Sept. 15, 2016.
- Academic acceptance: Apply to Point Park admissions for academic acceptance.
Submit an artistic portfolio using our online submission process.
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Screenwriting and Playwriting Program Goals
The M.F.A. in writing for the screen and stage program will give you the time, focus and support needed to create professional quality work to apply yourself in the field of your choice.
As part of a community of writers, you can expect to be challenged and meet the following goals:
- Complete a portfolio of film, theatre, and/or television scripts, along with outlines, treatments, bibles and pitches in the genres of your choice.
- Master the ability to develop stories from your own dramatic point of view through the exploration of personal experiences, values and skills.
- Enact a plan of action to utilize your M.F.A. degree in developing a balanced, realistic and engaging career in writing and/or teaching.
- Immerse in the collaborative nature of writing for the screen and stage through critical exchanges with mentors, co-writers, directors and actors.
The M.F.A. low-residency program offers the following opportunities:
- Artistic awards (scholarships) to eligible students based on review of their application and artistic portfolio interview.
- Online courses during the fall and spring semesters. Distance learning allows you to balance your studies and your life.
- Three dynamic residencies of one to two weeks on Point Park's Downtown Pittsburgh campus.
- Writing workshops in the field of your choice.
- Flexibility in degree design and completion to tailor your course work in writing for the screen or stage.
- One-on-one mentoring with committed faculty.