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Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Theatre and Media

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The Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Theatre and Media is a three-year terminal graduate degree designed for students who are passionate about developing the professional-level skills necessary to create narratives from concept to production. Students prepare for their careers as professional writers by learning how to think critically about society and how to approach current issues such as diversity, inclusion, access and modern theatre theory. With a focus on the collaborative process, students develop advanced storytelling techniques through writing-intensive coursework and in co-curricular programming. Creating production-ready content is at the core of this program and to this end, students have many opportunities to witness their work being brought to fruition by AMDA’s student performers on the stage and screen. Graduates complete the program having created a portfolio of professional pieces, preparing them to enter the business of writing for theatre and media.

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  1. Completion of the AMDA Graduate Degree Application +

    Students who are qualified to apply for this program will:

    1. Have a passion for the arts and a strong desire to contribute to the field
    2. Be committed to actively supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst our community and beyond
    3. Hold a completed undergraduate degree at time of enrollment
  2. Statement of intent for graduate study +

    In 250 words or less, please explain your goals for engaging with the program, if admitted. Please submit your statement to graddocs@amda.edu or click the button below.

  3. Writing portfolio +

    Please submit a sample of writing materials that includes examples of original dramatic work. A minimum of two completed pieces, which could include written work from undergraduate degree or independently written pieces. Please submit your documents to graddocs@amda.edu or click the button below.

  4. WRITING SAMPLE RESPONDING TO PROMPT +

    In 300-500 words, please respond to one of the prompts below. Please submit your writing sample to graddocs@amda.edu or click the button below.

    1. Option 1) What is the role of the artist in society and what makes you want to be a storyteller and creator?
    2. Option 2) Tell us about a powerful work of theatre, film or television that has inspired you to create and describe its impact on your artistry.
    3. Option 3) What type of stories do you want to tell and through which artistic mediums?
  5. Interview with an AMDA representative +

    Once you have completed your application, an AMDA representative will reach out to you by phone to discuss your interests, background, and experiences related to the focus of this program.

  6. Reference letters +

    Three reference letters from people who have known the applicant for two years or longer, such as instructors, directors or faculty advisors, or employers (but not a friend or family member). Reference letters may be emailed to graddocs@amda.edu or mailed to the address below and should note the relationship of the writer to the applicant.

  7. Official transcripts +

    Please submit transcripts for completed undergraduate degree and any graduate coursework attempted or completed.

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AMDA students within the MFA in Writing for Theatre and Media program will achieve the following program learning outcomes.

    • Advanced skills in dramatic construction: Demonstrate the ability to create texts that effectively incorporate dramatic strategies and structures.
    • Concept to script: Demonstrate the ability to cultivate an idea from concept to finished product.
    • Script to production: Demonstrate the ability to edit a script through the process of collaboration to final production.
    • Interdisciplinary competency: Demonstrate a command of interdisciplinary research and practice through written and oral presentation.
    • History, theory, and criticism: Acquire an advanced understanding of theatre history, theory, and criticism as it reflects current and historical discussion and debate and apply knowledge to the production of creative pieces.
    • Cross-cultural responsibility: Exhibit a command of cross-cultural analysis, demonstrating a grasp of global perspectives and cross-cultural conversations.
    • Research: Engage in original, focused research pertaining to their field of study.
    • Professional writing: Demonstrate key professional capacities related to writing for performance, including effective communication skills, technology literacy, and an understanding of professional ethics and best practices.
  • Sample curriculum

    Year One

    First Semester

    THR521Theatre and Media Writing: Film and Theatre Genre 3.0
    WTM516Theatre and Media Writing: Shorts and One-Acts3.0
    WTM521Theatre and Media Writing: Analysis and Ideation3.0

    Second Semester

    THR551Film and Media Theory: Narrative Analysis3.0
    WTM511 Writing Workshop/Lab 1 16.0

    Summer

    WTM581Writing Internship3.0

    Year Two

    First Semester

    THR560Seminar in Critical Race Theory3.0
    WTM531Theatre and Media Writing: One Hour TV3.0
    WTM512Writing Workshop/Lab 23.0

    Second Semester

    WTM552Theatre and Media Writing: Sitcom Writing (30min Comedy)3.0
    WTM513Writing Workshop/Lab 36.0

    Summer

    WTM582Writing Internship3.0

    Year Three

    First Semester

    THE570Seminar in Queer and Gender Theory3.0
    WTM562Theater and Media Writing: Adaptation3.0
    WTM514Writing Workshop/Lab 43.0

    Second Semester

    WTM572Theater and Media Writing: Rewriting the Feature or Television Script 3.0
    WTM515Writing Workshop/Lab 53.0

    Summer

    WTM583Writing Internship3.0