Writing and Producing for Television

The goal of LMU's M.F.A program in Writing and for Producing Television is to train hyphenates — writer-producers — who will become the creative leaders of television programming. Students participating in this program will prepare for specific careers in film, television, and new and emerging media through a highly professional and challenging graduate curriculum. A strong focus on the demonstration of the mastery of story development, character development, storytelling structure, and cinematic style through the production of a portfolio of long- and short-form teleplays is the cornerstone of this program. Progressing from the core courses, the television writing student must complete a portfolio, which consists of a one-hour spec teleplay, a half-hour spec teleplay, an original television pilot, and produce a presentation of the pilot.