The Screenwriting Major
within the Master of Fine Arts curriculum

is a highly personalized two-year program designed for students who have either a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema or Fine Arts or who have had professional experience in the film or audio-visual media industry. The program is also open to all students having successfully completed a BFA or MFA degree in other disciplines but have a serious interest in pursing a career in the cinema, television and audiovisual industries.
This program is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of filmmaking, with a second year of specialization in Screenwriting where concentration is placed toward the student’s third term project.


The International Department’s MFA is an intensive two-year program concentrating on single camera fiction filmmaking with supplementary workshops.
Although we encourage specialization in later year of the MFA degree programs, we believe that students must have a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of the filmmaking process.

First year: The fundamentals of visual storytelling through fiction filmmaking

The student will distinguish and develop for their fiction cinema project, the techniques implied in each of the following specializations: screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing and editing.

This first year gives the students the opportunity to discover and experience a wide array of filmmaking disciplines before they choose and commit to the Screenwriting major.

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Second year: specializing toward the third term project

Students complete the cycle with a second year of specialization where concentration is placed on the third term project, a feature-length theatrical screenplay based on the treatment developed the previous year.
Additionally, the students have Screenwriting workshops, and one-to-one tutoring a professional screenwriter.

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Target careers

The Master of Fine Arts with a major in Screenwriting aims to give students professional preparation for a career as a Screenwriter in film, television and digital media.
EICAR graduate screenwriters are more than prepared for the rigors of the professional world and work as a screenwriter in a multitude of audio-visual related occupations including Story Editor, Feature Film Screenwriting, Documentary Researcher, and Dialogist for film and television.

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