Writing for Film & 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 Sundance Film Festival indie, a documentary, a TV show or a web series? Then the University of the Arts' Writing for Film & Television program offers you the opportunity to develop your creativity and your skills. Our location is ideal for aspiring screenwriters, in the heart of Philadelphia’s thriving arts district and in close proximity to New York City.

What makes us different: an extraordinary faculty of industry professionals
The Writing for Film & 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; they've edited and produced documentary shorts for HBO; and they have had feature films that they've written, directed and produced screened at prominent film festivals.

Who are our Writing for Film & Television alumni?
Though a relatively young program, we are very proud of what our alums have accomplished. Writing for Film & Television alumni include a producer and 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; the writer of several Disney Pixar "Mickey Mouse" shorts screening on the Disney Channel; a production-company development executive who sold an on-demand feature for the History Channel based on the popular reality program "Swamp People"; 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 titled "Calendar Girl," winner of the Best Independent Screenplay prize at the Philadelphia Film Festival; the writer of "Find Me," an official film selection in the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival; and the author of two teen-lit novels from Scholastic Publishing, who recently signed a two-book deal with Simon and Schuster.