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Alumnus Tony Hale: Explore the Master of Fine Arts MFA Film-Television Screenwriting program offered by Regent University.

MFA in Film-Television – Screenwriting

Script Your Success With a Terminal Degree

The Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television with a concentration in Screenwriting, offered online or on campus in Virginia Beach, is a terminal degree program for professional writers. You will learn to write for film, television and stage. Presented from a Christian worldview, this MFA screenwriting degree will provide you the opportunity to graduate with a minimum of three full-length scripts.

On Campus, Online
February 7, 2022
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Advance Your Career

Establish your reputation as a trusted professional with this on-campus or online MFA degree.

Enhance Your Expertise

Learn to remedy script problems, bring characters to life, and master plot and pacing.

Sharpen Your Skills

Conceptualize all phases of a film or television project, including research, scene analysis and storyline development.

Deepen Your Knowledge

Explore commonly discussed and applied film & TV theories and aesthetics.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the MFA in Film-Television – Screenwriting degree, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate your professional competence through your MFA portfolio.
  • Apply research skills to the process of creating film & TV production for public consumption.
  • Apply enhanced skills in playwriting and writing for short films and television.

Career Opportunities

  • Feature film screenwriter
  • Television writer
  • Trade writer/film critic
  • Executive producer
  • Editor/script doctor
  • University professor
Estimated mean annual wage for writers and authors U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Students work with faculty to learn about academic requirements for publication, determine the topic/set-up of culminating projects, complete necessary preparation to begin projects, and arrange for committee assignments. Pass/No Pass.

Aesthetic experience in various media, including the relationships between morality and art, between beauty and truth seen through the lens of the Christian faith, provide an emergent media literacy.

The beautiful as applied to cinema. An ethics and theology of entertainment. The spiritual challenges of the visual storyteller’s vocation. Understanding the challenges of creating narratives intentionally from a Christian worldview.

Critical and historical study of film and television with a topical focus. Different areas of scholarly study will be examined each time the course is offered; may be retaken for the study of a new topic. Some of the recent areas studied include: Film and Television Comedy, the Western, Film Noir, African-Americans and Women and Hollywood.

An exploration of the structural, thematic and character techniques in writing plays for the stage from the sketch to the full-length play. Emphasis is placed on developing a “theatrical” knowledge of conventions and imagery that is the exclusive realm of the live theatre experience from a writing standpoint.

Examination of the special circumstance of the short film script (less than 45 minutes running time). Students learn the narrative conventions of this format and write two film scripts through multiple drafts.

A breakdown of Aristotle’s Poetics as applied to cinema. Includes a history of narrative from the fable through post-modern storytelling, and an exhaustive analysis of all the elements that go into a satisfying and socially redemptive story. Geared toward the production of complete, worthy, and commercial feature film projects.

An analysis of the structural components of a variety of TV narrative program forms, such as situation comedies and hour-long dramas. Includes survey of markets and pitching techniques.

Builds upon the skills of SSW 513. Skills course that guides from the idea through treatment and step-outline to a finished first draft and the marketing of both the script and the writer. Special consideration given to format, story narration and dialogue polishing.

Various topics involving the writing of scripts for the screen, stage, or other media. Topics will be based on the strengths and interests of the instructor. Topics include, but are not limited to, narrative adaptation, genre writing, and writing for the Internet. May be repeated when topics vary.

2021-22 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 13Monday, August 23
Session MFriday, September 10Monday, September 20
Session BFriday, October 15Monday, October 25
Session CTuesday, December 21Monday, January 10
Session TFriday, January 28Monday, February 7
Session DFriday, March 4Monday, March 14
Session EFriday, April 29Monday, May 9
Session FFriday, June 10Monday, June 20

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: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: SCA Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 3: Professional CV or Resume

Step 4: Creative Writing Sample

For this narrative writing sample, please submit 3-4 pages of your own completed future screenplay, short story, novel or memoir. No reference style or citation is required.

Step 5: Complete Your Academic Background Questionnaire

In lieu of the previously required personal goal statement, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objective with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 6: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Government ID.

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


DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8956$5,370
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9253$2,775
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9253$2,775

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8959$8,055
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9256$5,550
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9256$5,550

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8956$5,370
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9253$2,775
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9253$2,775

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8959$8,055
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9256$5,550
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9256$5,550

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

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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