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Writing for Film and TV, Bachelor

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Bring your passion for visual storytelling, story structure and character development to UArts, and we'll provide the opportunity to develop your creativity and skills in pursuit of those goals. Whether you have a dream of writing a web series, an Oscar- or Emmy-winning screenplay, a Sundance Film Festival indie, a documentary, or a TV show, UArts is the right place. 
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Our writing classes are small and feature one-on-one story conferences with instructors who provide valuable feedback on your work. The workshop and revision processes are hallmarks of this program, where both students and instructors offer critiques and insights into student work.

The Writing for Film and Television program teaches future screenwriters, filmmakers, television writers, story-development executives, and producers the art of writing narrative scripts for the big and small screens. Students write feature-length screenplays, television pilots, hour-long teleplays; gain a sophisticated knowledge of story development; and create, write, and produce episodic drama series for the Web. The core of this experience is writing and revising in a workshop environment with close guidance and support from industry-experienced faculty.

Graduates of the Writing for Film + Television program are expected to:

  • Solve story problems creatively and through experimentation;
  • Generate or find story ideas to develop for movies, television, or web series;
  • Apply the techniques of dramatic structure to a variety of works, both one’s own and those of other writers;
  • Develop a more sophisticated and evocative use of language;
  • Revise written work in light of knowledge learned about dramatic structure and skills honed as a writer;
  • Develop competency in written and oral critical analysis of scripted work;
  • Demonstrate professional scriptwriting practices;
  • Understand the collaborative nature of film and television development, and production practices;
  • Refine public speaking and verbal story pitching skills;
  • Recognize historical and cultural influences on film, television, and web writing and production.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • The Art of Cinema
  • Storytelling
  • Video Production

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Follow these steps to complete the application for admission and scholarship:

  • Submit your Application for Admission.
  • Submit the non-refundable $60 Application Fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all secondary (high school level) and post-secondary (university level) schools attended.
  • Submit demonstration of English Proficiency.
  • Complete a Portfolio Review, Interview or Audition.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46530 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46530 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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