Sep 22, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Writing and Producing for Television, M.F.A.

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  • Students will prepare for specific careers in film, television, and new and emerging media through a highly professional and challenging graduate curriculum.
  • Students will demonstrate the application of the theoretical, aesthetic, and practical elements of film, television, and emerging new media, story development, and script writing at a professional level suitable for pursuing a career in academia and/or the entertainment industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate, through a portfolio of long- and short-form teleplays, mastery of story development, character development, storytelling structure, and cinematic style.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to pitch stories and scripts to producers, managers, agents, studios, cable outlets, and networks.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in producing and executing a television production by creating a short reel that is reflective of a larger project.
  • Students will value diverse stories that explore social justice issues and ethical and humanistic themes.
  • Students will develop entrepreneurial skills by creating relationships with outside organizations through internships, mentorships, and designated courses and workshops.
  • Students will demonstrate the fundamental business skills required for working effectively with producers, managers, agents, and the Writers Guild of America.
  • Students will learn to analyze the influences of film, television, and emerging media on our culture, and vice versa.

M.F.A. Writing and Producing for Television

The goal of the M.F.A. program in Writing and Producing for Television is to train hyphenates–writer-producers–who will become the creative leaders of television programming. Progressing from the core courses, the television writing student must complete a portfolio, which consists of a “spec” teleplay (either comedy or drama), two original television pilots (one-hour and half-hour), and write and produce a short digital project that is representative of a larger work. Students can also take writing electives such as transmedia, video-game writing, or playwriting. Proper sequencing of major requirements is indicated by prerequisites of individual courses and as noted in the outline below. Please consult assigned academic advisor.

Students must maintain a “B” (3.0) average to remain in good academic standing. Students who fall below a B average will be placed on academic probation and will have one semester to bring their grade average up to a B.

At the end of the first and third semesters, students are required to attend an MFA Performance Review with the department faculty to discuss his/her overall cumulative progress in the program. Letters will be sent to each student following this meeting to say he/she is either performing in an exceptional way, a satisfactory way, or an unsatisfactory way. In the last case the student will be placed on academic probation. Academic probation will require another meeting at the end of the following semester. If the student does not meet the required standards, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television Requirements

Major Requirements 45 semester hours
Thesis Requirements 6 semester hours
Overall Total 51 semester hours

First Year

Fall Semester

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Third Year

Fall Semester

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