Expand Your Screenwriting Skills at NYFA
In this 1-Year Screenwriting program, students learn through practice and repetition, completing a variety of scripts and projects. Throughout the program, students write their own original scripts, rapidly learning the screenwriting process, as well as the techniques required to add polish to their work.
In addition to writing, students study topics that bolster their skills in narrative storytelling, such as film craft, acting, pitching, and cinema studies. Students also direct a short film or scene from their own original screenplay. By the end of the program, students who fully commit and apply themselves to the curriculum can effectively brainstorm a concept, write a script, make impactful edits and revisions, and confidently pitch and present their ideas to executives. Students will complete two full screenplay drafts during the 1-Year Screenwriting Certificate Program.
Students primarily focus on their writing during this program, and this approach allows aspiring screenwriters to explore their enthusiasm and solely focus on their scripts. Students can then apply for credits to be transferred to a screenwriting degree program at NYFA.
The one-year curriculum for Screenwriting at NYFA includes:
- Rigorous courses in classes such as Elements of Screenwriting, Writing the Television Spec, Writing the Feature Film, and more
- Faculty and staff with professional experience in screenwriting and can prepare students for the challenges of the current industry
- Access to professional-grade camera, sound, and light equipment, as well as access to a digital license to the Final Draft screenwriting software
- Exclusive guest lectures from industry leaders such as screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, and more
To learn more, refer to NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information. To learn about the one-year Diploma program at NYFA Australia, please click here.
This program is a conservatory-based, full-time two-semester program. Qualified students who complete the 1-Year Certificate may apply to have their coursework be accepted for advanced standing in the AFA, BFA, MFA in the screenwriting degree programs.
During the 1-Year Screenwriting program at NYFA, students complete an array of projects including creating a treatment for a future film, writing the first draft of a spec feature-length screenplay, directing a short film or scene, and more. To learn more about the projects that screenwriting students will complete, visit our projects page.
Students interested in attending NYFA for the 1-Year Screenwriting program can choose from NYFA’s New York or Los Angeles campuses, as well as NYFA Australia.
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.