MFA in Film-Television — Script & Screenwriting

School of Communication & the Arts

The Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television with a concentration in Script & Screenwriting is an online or on-campus terminal degree program that will prepare you to tell stories that leave a lasting impression. You will gain a deeper knowledge of plot and character development as you prepare for a career as a professional writer, graduating with a minimum of three full-length scripts.

  • Explore commonly discussed and applied film & TV theories and aesthetics.
  • Conceptualize all phases of a film, television or video project, including development, research, scriptwriting, character development, scene analysis and storyline development.
  • Apply research skills to the process of creating film & TV production for public consumption.

Career Opportunities:

  • Feature Film Screenwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Television Writer
  • Trade Writer/Film Critic
  • Executive Producer
  • Editor/Script Doctor
  • Playwright
  • University Professor

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Delivery Format: Online | On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 44

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

 Priority Application Deadlines*

  •  January Start: December 1 Deadline
  •  March Start: February 15 Deadline
  •  May Start: April 15 Deadline
  •  August Start: August 15 Deadline
  •  October Start: October 1 Deadline

 Admissions Process:

 Step 1: Application 

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Application Fee 

Option 1: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 

Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Communication & the Arts on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee.

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts 

Regent’s Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: COM Master's Application Pieces. 

Step 4: Writing Sample 

Submit electronically to an admissions counselor at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces.  

In 750-1000 words, please write an essay about yourself, including your artistic, professional and spiritual journeys. Explain why you want to pursue the MFA in Film-Television with a concentration in Script & Screenwriting. In your essay, discuss your personal, professional, artistic and spiritual goals. What kinds of film scripts do you want to write? How do you think this degree will prepare you for the media work God has planned for you? Write in a professional manner as we will evaluate this essay as a partial writing sample for admissions. 

At the bottom of your essay, please include the contact information (phone number, email and title) for two professional or educational references. These should be people who would be willing to provide our faculty with a verbal recommendation should they need to be contacted. 

Step 5: Current Résumé 

Provide a professional résumé of employment and accomplishments. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4394.

Step 6: Completed Screenplay, Teleplay, or Stage Play 

Those wishing to apply for the MFA in Film-Television with a concentration in Script & Screenwriting must submit a completed screenplay, teleplay or stage play. The script may be attached to an email (in PDF or Word format) to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces.

Note: If submitting a screen/teleplay, it must be in proper screen/teleplay format. 

Other items that may be submitted as supplemental pieces (but not required) include:

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

 

Item

Rates (2016-2017)

MFA in Film-Television — Screenwriting Program

$685/credit hour

Course Infrastructure Fee

$200/course

Technology Fee

$250/semester

Student Parking

$100/semester (on-campus students)

Council of Graduate Students

$15/semester (on-campus students)

Library Course

$50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)

Late Fee

$100 (Applied due to late registration or late payment.)

1. What is the GPA requirement for entrance into the school?

We require a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited university. The School of Communication & the Arts will make acceptance decisions based on the totality of the student's application file. We look at GPA, standardized test scores, the writing sample, references and the personal goals statement when considering someone for admission. If any one of these items is not strong the other pieces may help strengthen that applicant's file.

2. Are there scholarships available to help me finance my education?

Yes, the School of Communication & the Arts has merit scholarships which are competitive and based on a student's undergraduate GPA. See the Financial Aid section of our website for full details. We award financial aid monies on a first come, first served basis, so apply as early as possible for best chances at aid money.

3. If I am accepted into the school, do I have the option of delaying my enrollment if my plans have to change?

Yes, upon acceptance you have up to one academic year to enroll. If you do not matriculate within one academic year, a new application will be required.

4. I sent my transcripts to the school, yet I'm receiving notice that Regent is still waiting on my “degree posted transcript.” What is this?

Oftentimes applicants will send us transcripts while in their senior year of school. The transcript is missing a final class or two, and thus the actual earned degree (B.A., B.S., etc.) is not posted on the transcript. Regent needs the final transcript where the degree earned has been clearly posted. Until we receive that final transcript your admissions file is still incomplete.

5. What is the difference between an M.A. and an MFA? Which degree should I pursue?

An MFA is a talent-based terminal degree. This represents the highest academic degree one could earn in the performing arts field (there is no Ph.D. in Acting, Directing, etc.). An MFA not only thoroughly credentials you in your field, but it is also a requirement to teach performing arts at the university level. An M.A., on the other hand, is a graduate degree which will still fully immerse you in your field and prepare you for your career, but since it requires less hours, it is not considered a terminal degree. Your future career aspirations should determine whether you pursue an M.A. or an MFA. If you have any doubt as to the best option for you, we would be glad to discuss this with you.

6. How long will it take to receive an admissions decision from the time I submit all of my application materials?

Our admissions office aims to have a decision made on your file within five business days from the time it is completed. All MFA and Ph.D. files are reviewed at one time annually by degree.

7. Am I required to go full-time or may I study at my own pace?

Students are encouraged to go at the pace they are comfortable with. Many students hold full-time jobs and have families and are able to only take one or two classes per semester.

 

 

 

 

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