Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Screenwriting

Learn How to Write a Screenplay at NYFA

In the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree in Screenwriting program at NYFA Los Angeles, aspiring storytellers build a variety of creative and technical skills, completing a series of film and television scripts and projects. Through our hands-on approach, students hone their natural storytelling abilities and develop the techniques required to create compelling story structures, characters, conflict, and dialogue within their screenplays.

As many of our students wish to pursue ambitious goals in the competitive film, television, and entertainment industries, our students also learn to confidently pitch, produce, and sell their original projects. Guided by faculty who actively work in their respective fields, screenwriting students learn how to write a screenplay, developing their best ideas and concepts into refined, polished work.

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Faculty Highlights

Interview with Los Angeles Chair, Nunzio DeFilippis

School Alumni

Melissa Palazuelos  

Melissa Palazuelos


Shivani Rawat in a light blues weater  

Shivani Rawat

Producer | Writer

Jean De Meuron  

Jean De Meuron

Filmmaker | Cinematographer | Screenwriter



The curriculum for the AFA in Screenwriting program includes:

  • Intensive classes that help students develop their writing skills across multiple media, including film, television, plays, and short films with electives in other media such as comic books and games
  • Skill building classes in story generation and genre studies
  • Business and pitching classes to prepare the students for the industry
  • Training and personalized guidance from experienced faculty and staff that actively work in the filmmaking, television, and entertainment industries
  • Access to and instruction on use of camera, sound, and lighting equipment, as well as a digital license to Final Draft screenwriting software
  • Exclusive guest lectures from industry leaders such as Screenwriters, Directors, Producers, and Actors

To learn more, refer to NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.



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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.