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Welcome to CSUN's Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting application. Our two-year program focuses on developing each writer's unique voice and on mastering the foundation of all cinema and television narratives – the script. Students learn structural concepts, character creation, the art of dialogue, and  other essential techniques used to write compelling stories for visual mediums. This is an intensive writing and educational experience that prepares students to pursue rewarding creative professions in the entertainment industry. The program also serves as preparation for those, including experienced industry professionals, who have a passion for teaching at the college and university levels. 

Applications are accepted once a year, from October 10th through February 10th, for the following Fall semester. We do not offer spring admissions. 

Application instructions: Applications are completed and submitted online. Paper, email, late or incomplete submissions cannot be accepted.

NOTE: You must apply to both the CSUN Department of Cinema and Television Arts (using this form) and to California State University, Northridge (using link below). 

STEP 1: Apply to CSUN Department of Cinema and Television Arts MFA Screenwriting Program

  • You must use an existing Submittable.com account or create a free Submittable.com account at https://www.submittable.com
  • You must click SUBMIT when your online application is complete. If you do not click SUBMIT your application will NOT be visible to the review committee and will not be considered for admission. 
  • You may save and come back to your application at any time before the due date by clicking SAVE DRAFT at the bottom of the online application form. 

STEP 2: Apply to California State University, Northridge

  • To access the university on-line application, please visit: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
  • Both the CTVA Department and the university application periods for the MFA in Screenwriting program are the same - October 10 through February 10. Some graduate programs at CSUN close their applications on November 30, but ours remains open until February 10.  


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