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Conservatory of Performing Arts

M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Playwriting: Low-Residency


Downtown Pittsburgh's Creative Center for Film and Theatre

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Meet M.F.A. alumnus Alan Stevens, executive director of Academy Theatre .

Application Process

  1. Academic acceptance: Apply to Point Park admissions for academic acceptance.
  2. Artistic acceptance: Submit an artistic portfolio through Acceptd via Point Park University's Acceptd home page.

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Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts offers Downtown Pittsburgh's first low-residency Master of Fine Arts in writing for the screen and stage, a rigorous and challenging program taught by nationally recognized, award-winning screenwriters and playwrights.

The M.F.A. in screenwriting and playwriting program will immerse you in the art of dramatic writing, which is like no other literary form. Like Pittsburgh's three rivers, the confluence of craft, hard work and imagination is the source of all successful storytelling in film, theater, television and the evolving multiplatform storytelling world.

Screenwriting and Playwriting Program Goals

The M.F.A. in writing for the screen and stage program will give you the time, focus and support needed to create professional quality work to apply yourself in the field of your choice.

As part of a community of writers, you can expect to be challenged and meet the following goals:

  • Complete a portfolio of film, theatre, and/or television scripts, along with outlines, treatments, bibles and pitches in the genres of your choice.
  • Master the ability to develop stories from your own dramatic point of view through the exploration of personal experiences, values and skills.
  • Enact a plan of action to utilize your M.F.A. degree in developing a balanced, realistic and engaging career in writing and/or teaching.
  • Immerse in the collaborative nature of writing for the screen and stage through critical exchanges with mentors, co-writers, directors and actors.

Low-Residency Program Features

The M.F.A. low-residency program offers the following opportunities:

  • Artistic awards (scholarships) to eligible students based on review of their application and artistic portfolio interview.
  • One-on-one mentoring with committed faculty.

Get to Know M.F.A. Program Director Matt Pelfrey