The ability to both tell a story through the use of words and images and to distribute narratives through a variety of media formats are now standard skills required of creative writers in the entertainment industry.
In the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts Online Degree Program, storytelling is not merely taught as it relates to the typical output mediums of print and publishing. To keep pace with the needs and evolution of the industry, the program will teach students the necessary skills to pursue and qualify for professional creative writing careers within the world of entertainment. The program will explore the art of storytelling and the language of different mediums, such as film, television, animation, and gaming. Students will learn the screenwriting process from concept to completion and apply the courses’ techniques to projects.
The classes will concentrate on developing leadership, project-management, and research skills. For this program, the thesis project will have the students producing an e-portfolio with a presentation of a finished script, along with the supporting materials that led to its creation. This scriptwriting project will be in the media genre of the student’s choosing of film, gaming, or animation. Ultimately, in the final month of study, students will devise a plan to market their creative writing masterpiece.
Course content and assignments will be supplemented by an online writing workshop where students can receive feedback from faculty and peers. This online critiquing forum enhances the students’ online journaling experience. Our online curriculum maintains a vibrant learning environment, and the course flow is designed to be intuitive, innovative, and intelligent.
A major driving force behind this program is to enable students to learn to write engaging, diverse material and to make their creative assets marketable to a variety of potential employers.