The Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting at Oklahoma City University offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and expertise in the field of screenwriting. This innovative low-residency program allows for students to participate in this exciting program while maintaining their current lives. This program provides the opportunity for students to work intensively with the support of established screenwriters and filmmakers on a variety of art forms, including short and feature-length films, episodic television, and mini-series. The 2-year low-residency screenwriting program will allow students to explore the intricacies of story structure and character development. Students will work closely with faculty mentors to create a successfully written screenplay using dialogue, vision, and imagination to create a written story that can be turned into a moving image.
Students will enroll in three to four distance-learning courses led by OCU faculty each academic term for four terms. This coursework will be augmented by five required residencies. Each residency will be a ten to fourteen day intensive experience organized by the Dept. of Moving Image Arts. The first three residencies will take place on the OCU campus in Oklahoma City, one at the end of each term. These residencies will focus on the application of studied coursework. The fourth residency will take place in Los Angeles and focus on professional development. Finally, a fifth residency hosted at OCU will offer each student an opportunity to present and defend his or her thesis.
60 Credit Hours
YEAR ONE: The Screenwriter’s Craft
ENG 5053 Fiction: Form and Technique
MIAP 5163 Style and Narrative
MIAP 5133 Great Films
MIAP 6133 OCU Residency (January)
MIAP 5033 Narrative Forms: Episodic, Theatrical, Non-Fiction
MIAP 5233 Genre Theory & Practice
MIAP 5323 Writing the Short Screenplay
MIAP 6233 OCU Residency (May)
YEAR TWO: The Screenwriter’s Practice
MIAP 5423 Advanced Screenwriting
PHIL 5513 Ethics of Communication
MIAP 6633 Thesis I
MIAP 6333 OCU Residency (January)
MIAP 6523 Adaptation
MIAP 6633 Thesis II
MIAP 6433 LA Residency: Professional Development (May)
SUMMER COMPREHENSIVE: The Thesis Screenplay
MIAP 6539 OCU Residency: Thesis Residency (July)
Reading/ Defense Presentation/Evaluation
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the department and faculty mentors.
Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to facilitate your application to this program. Call (405) 208-5351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.