Writing for Film and Television
Do you have a passion for visual storytelling, for story structure and character development? Have you imagined yourself writing an Oscar- or Emmy-winning screenplay for a blockbuster, a documentary, an episodic television show or even a web series? Then the University of the Arts’ Writing for Film and Television program offers you the opportunity to develop your creativity and your skills.
What makes us different: an extraordinary faculty of industry professionals
The Writing for Film and TV program is devoted to writing feature-length screenplays and episodic television series. The core of the experience is writing and revising in a workshop environment with close guidance and support from industry-experienced faculty.
Faculty members include a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer and the former director of programming for the Family Channel. They’ve worked at the William Morris talent agency, TriStar Pictures and Warner Brothers; they’ve successfully pitched projects to NBC and MTV; their work has won a Leeway Foundation grant; and they’ve edited and produced documentary shorts for HBO.
Our location is ideal for aspiring screenwriters, in the heart of Philadelphia’s thriving arts district and in close proximity to New York City.
Who are our Writing for Film and Television alumni?
Our alumni include a producer and the personal assistant to Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress Angelica Huston and the executive story editor for the Disney animated series "Kick Buttowski." Their ranks also include a Regional Emmy Award-winner for producing and writing promotional spots for Discovery Channel for the Tour De France, who is currently a writer/producer for the Discovery Channel; a writer for the Nick at Nite animated series "Fatherhood," produced by Bill Cosby, who is now writing on-air promotions for PBS's Sprout channel; the co-writer of a feature screenplay, “Calendar Girl,” winner of the Best Independent Screenplay prize at the Philadelphia Film Festival; and the author of two teen-lit novels from Scholastic Publishing, who recently signed a two-book deal with Simon and Schuster.