Which Schools Offer Screenwriting Classes?

You're walking down the aisle to accept the Oscar for best original screenplay. The camera fades into a memory sequence of your search for a school with screenwriting classes. You sat at your computer examining the usual suspects, New York City and L.A., only to discover an entire country full of possibilities. The movie returns to the present, and you begin your acceptance speech by thanking a school in - Dryden, New York? Read on to see where you can learn to script your future! Schools offering Script and Screenwriting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Types and Levels of Screenwriting Classes

The good news is that if there's a style of screenwriting in existence, there is someone to teach you that style. Screenwriting classes are available as stand-alone courses or as part of a degree program. You can find them both online and on campus. A sampling of the different course levels and subjects you can find relating to screenwriting can be found below.

Important Facts About Screenwriting Classes

Degree Levels Associate of Fine Arts in Screenwriting, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screenwriting, Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
Prerequisites Writing samples or portfolios may be required; a bachelor's degree is required to enter graduate programs
Key Skills Creativity, writing, social perceptiveness, adaptability skills
Possible Careers Feature film screenwriter, television screenwriter, story supervisor
Median Salary (May 2019)* $78,119
Job Growth (2016-2026)** 8% (all writers and authors)

Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

New York Film Academy

The New York Film Academy offers a special 1-year program for aspiring screenwriters. Here you can learn about the entire filmmaking process, from selecting a story idea to final production. You'll study screenwriting for film and television and write scripts for both mediums. You can study either at the New York City facility or at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California. You'll cover Writer's Guild of America (WGA) topics in this program.

University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA offers both online and on-campus courses in screenwriting and creative writing through its extension program. Campus classes can be taken during the day, evening, or weekend. Online courses include over 200 options in screenwriting, ranging from television to feature films, taught by over 90 instructors who have significant writing and production experience.

The New School

At the New School in New York City, you can take individual courses for academic credit or for personal enrichment. The New School offers courses relating to script analysis, screenwriting fundamentals and television writing. You can also enroll in a certificate program for screenwriters, which includes an additional course on how to finish an existing screenwriting project.

Tompkins Cortland Community College

Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York, offers courses on screenwriting. They are designed to teach students how to develop their screenplays for television or the big screen. Here, you'll have opportunities to learn about story analysis, marketing and networking, as well as the fundamentals of the writing process itself.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

  • 1. Degree Options:
The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

Popular Schools