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Screenwriting School at the New York Film Academy

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Screenwriting School at the New York Film Academy Overview

Screenwriting School

Every great film project – whether it’s a movie, television episode, or webcast – starts with a good script. A well-written script provides the emotional core and narrative structure that allow the production to shine. It’s often said that you can make a bad movie with a good screenplay, but you can’t make a good movie with a bad screenplay. At the New York Film Academy’s Screenwriting School we take that to heart.

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The New York Film Academy boasts a unique curriculum that encourages learning by doing. Throughout their time at the New York Film Academy’s Screenwriting School students will write and workshop scripts in a variety of different genres and styles. From the very first day students will be behind the keyboard, learning to transform their ideas into structured scripts.

In addition, screenwriting students have the unique opportunity to work with fellow screenwriting, filmmaking, and acting students in developing and bringing a script to life in a finished film, providing each student with extensive experience in going through every step of the filmmaking process as it relates to screenwriting. Furthermore, students learn the art of pitching their screenplays to help ensure they are prepared to realize their professional goals once they complete the Academy’s Screenwriting School.

Screenwriting Courses

The New York Film Academy’s Screenwriting School offers a number of different programs, ranging from short-term screenwriting workshops to full-fledged degree programs. Depending on the student’s screenwriting program, he or she can expect to take some to most of the following courses:

Story Generation Elements of Screenwriting The Business of Screenwriting
Script to Screen Advanced Writing: Character Sequential Art (Comic Books & Graphic Novels)
New Media The Great Screenplays Writing for Television: Specs
Genre Studies Adaptation Workshop Writing the Feature Film Screenplay
Scene Study Rewriting Workshop Screenwriting Discipline & Methodology
Web Series The Art Of The Pitch Writing for Television: The Pilot
Playwriting Transmedia: Franchises Interactive Narrative (Game Narrative)


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Online Screenwriting Courses

While our screenwriting programs and workshops are only offered in New York City and Los Angeles, the New York Film Academy is also proud to offer online screenwriting courses that allow aspiring writers to hone their skills from anywhere in the country. Get training from a top screenwriting school without commuting or leaving your home. Learn more below:

Screenwriting Classes

The New York Film Academy’s New York Screenwriting School offers classes year round. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates of the Academy’s screenwriting programs please click here.

Screenwriting Degrees

The New York Film Academy’s degree programs are designed for students who wish to make a long-term commitment to mastering the craft of screenwriting. Offered at our Los Angeles screenwriting school, the New York Film Academy is proud to offer AFA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in screenwriting:

Screenwriting Workshops

For students looking for a full-immersion screenwriting experience in a smaller period of time, the New York Film Academy offers screenwriting workshops. These 8- and 12-week programs are an excellent choice for aspiring screenwriters who cannot attend the Academy for a full year. Learn more about our screenwriting workshops below:

Screenwriting Programs

If you’re a student looking for a more extensive screenwriting program than our workshops, but are unsure about committing to a degree program, we recommend the one-year screenwriting program. This conservatory program teaches the professional skills expected of a screenwriter in a year. Learn more below:

Screenwriting Faculty

In addition to the fantastic facilities and exposure to all facets of the filmmaking process, students at the Screenwriting School at the New York Film Academy study under our prestigious faculty of professional screenwriters and filmmakers. Part of what makes the Academy one of the top screenwriting schools is that each faculty member comes from a distinct and distinguished background and is committed to helping students better understand how their writing translates to an actual film production. Students enrolling at the screenwriting school can expect to study under the following faculty members.
NYFA screenwriting school LA chair Nunzio DeFilippis Nunzio DeFilippis: The chair of the screenwriting school at the Academy’s LA campus, DeFillipis is a veteran of film, television, video games, and comic books for over two decades. Having received his MFA in Screenwriting from USC, DeFelippis and his wife Christina Weir have written for such series as HBO’s Arli$$ and the Disney Channel’s Kim Possible as well as comic book runs including New X-Men, Adventures of Superman, and Batman Confidential.

NYFA screenwriting school faculty member Randall Dottin Randall Dottin: The chair of the screenwriting school in NYC, Dottin is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. He received his MFA at the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division. His thesis film, A-Alike, was licensed for a two-year broadcast run by HBO and won numerous awards including a Director’s Guild of America Award for Best African American Student Filmmaker and a Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards for Best Narrative Film. His short film Lifted was sponsored by Fox Searchlight's program for emerging directors, the Fox Searchlab. He is the writer, director, and producer of The Chicago Franchise, a feature-length documentary that was recently accepted into IFP Week’s Spotlight on Documentaries.

Screenwriting Alumni

Over the past twenty years, the Screenwriting School at the New York Film Academy has graduated countless students who have gone to find great success in their screenwriting careers. Click here to see some of the accomplishments our screenwriting alumni have achieved.

Career Opportunities

Like other top screenwriting schools, the New York Film Academy prides itself not only on its academic rigor, but also on the professional achievements of our alumni. Graduates of the New York Film Academy’s Screenwriting School have gone on to a variety of professional positions. The list below includes a list of some of the jobs you’ll be qualified for after graduating from our screenwriting program. We’ve also included a list of prominent companies where many of our graduates have gone to work.

Feature Film Screenwriter Television Screenwriter Television Showrunner
Story Supervisor Video Game Writer Playwright
Script Coordinator Web Series Writer Copy Writer
Literary Agent Development Executive Treatment Writer
Script Analyst Creative Executive Graphic Novel Writer

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If you wish to learn more about the New York Film Academy’s Screenwriting School in NYC, please give us a call at +1 (212) 674-4430 or follow the links below for more information.


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