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Frequently Asked Questions: Low-Residency Screenwriting and Playwriting Program

What is a low-residency Master of Fine Arts program?

The low-residency M.F.A. in writing for the screen and stage program is structured so that students can complete their degree while living in their own community and balance work and life commitments. Most of the course work will be completed via distance learning, but students will also come to Point Park to participate in three on-campus residencies.

What happens during the residencies?

During the three on-campus residencies, students will stay in on-campus housing and participate in workshops led by internationally-recognized master teachers and guest artists. Residencies will consist of:

  • Intensive writing workshops
  • Lectures from industry professionals
  • Readings

How many graduate hours will I need to complete?

The rigorous program, which can be completed in two years, is a 44-credit program that provides optional credit completion for internships, teaching practicums and courses for teaching in an online environment.

What type of writing can I focus on in the program?

Students may focus on writing for the screen (television, new media, film, gaming, etc.) and the stage, and the student can decide on an area of concentration. Students are required to create work in an alternate area of concentration.

For a comprehensive list of program requirements check out the degree requirements and course descriptions.

How much is tuition? Are there scholarships available?

Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis. See our tuition and fees chart to calculate the total program cost (multiply the graduate cost per credit by the total number of program credits, which is 44 credits). Note: there are no additional housing or meal costs for the residencies. These are included in your tuition costs.

The M.F.A. program does offer artistic scholarships, which are awarded based on the student application, the portfolio submission and the interview process.

Do I need to have written professionally or extensively in order to be qualified for this program?

While admission to the program is selective, we accept applicants with a varying degree of experience writing for the screen or stage.  

What is the application deadline?

Applications and portfolios are accepted on a rolling basis after Sept. 15, 2017. There are three notification dates to let applicants know if they have been accepted to the program:

  • Jan. 15, 2018 (early admission)
  • April 1, 2018
  • June 25, 2018 (late admission)

What does the application process entail?

  1. Complete Point Park's graduate application for admission and submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to the Office of Graduate Admission.
  2. Submit an artistic portfolio through Acceptd via Point Park University's Acceptd home page.
  3. Participate in an in-person or distance interview with a M.F.A. faculty member.

How many students enter the program each year?

Point Park accepts 15-20 applicants each summer. Each entering class progresses through the two-year program as a cohort, enabling students to connect and build a rich community of writers that will exist long after the program is complete.

Who can I contact for more information?