Writing for the Screen and Stage

Degree Types: MFA

The MFA Program in Writing for the Screen and Stage trains leaders in the fields of screen/television and playwriting who will help form the entertainment industry of the future. Graduates leave with a deep understanding of media writing; familiarity with production concepts, equipment, and techniques; and an understanding of the universals that connect all media narratives.

The program focuses on writing and storytelling, and also includes a production component. It provides opportunities for students to produce their own work, both at Northwestern and through arrangements with theatrical and film companies in the greater Chicago area. Students also participate in internships and classes in Hollywood, New York, and Chicago. 

By graduation, students will have created a short screenplay, a full-length play, a television pilot, and a full-length project of their choosing.

See Writing for the Screen and Stage Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.