Apply: Screenwriting Online


Screenwriting Online

Course Dates

This yearlong program runs from September 30, 2024 through June 6, 2025

Fall Quarter Start Date: September 30, 2024
Fall Quarter End Date: December 13, 2024

Winter Quarter Start Date: January 6, 2025
Winter Quarter End Date: March 17, 2025

Spring Quarter Start Date: March 31, 2025
Spring Quarter End Date: June 6, 2025

Closing Ceremony: Takes place online on June 9, 2025



Class Size & Technical Requirements

Workshops are limited to 10 students each.

In order to participate in the Professional Program in Screenwriting Online, you'll need a computer to access the Zoom app.

Application Deadline

International Students: August 19, 2024

US Students: August 19, 2024

Late Applications

It is possible late applications may be considered after the posted deadlines, but only if a spot is still available in the program. Please email if you would like to submit an application after the posted deadlines. Do not submit a late application without emailing us first.


Please read the application instructions carefully. Consideration will be given as to whether or not the applicant follows these instructions.

Applicants to Professional Program in Screenwriting must submit a completed application form via online. Applications will not be accepted via email.

The Professional Program in Screenwriting features an admissions process based on supporting application materials. The prerequisite is that the applicant have an undergraduate Bachelor's degree, in any field. Once we have received a complete application, the applicant will be notified of admission status via email within 20 business days.

(It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide a working email address with the application. Please note that our replies to Hotmail and MSN email addresses tend to be sent to spam folders. Please create a Gmail address for your application.)


VERY IMPORTANT - BEFORE YOU UPLOAD ANY FORMS OR TRANSCRIPTS, make sure that you have blacked out your social security number, home address, student ID#, or any other private information that could be compromised during transit from your server to ours. Applicants who do not follow these instructions will not be considered. 

Before clicking the Start Application button, please have the following ready to upload:

  1. Five-Page Writing Sample We will only accept writing samples in screenplay or teleplay format. Pages may come from any point in the script as long as they are consecutive. Do not send novels, short stories, outlines, treatments, poems, articles or journal/blog entries.
  2. One-Page Statement of Purpose
    The Statement of Purpose is simply a short essay in which we'd like you to tell us a little about yourself, your creative background, and your industry goals. Take your time with this. Very short responses will not be considered.
  3. Undergraduate Bachelor's Transcript or Copy of Degree Certificate or DegreeVerify Certificate from National Student Clearinghouse
    Although we do not take college grades into consideration, we require proof that an undergraduate Bachelor's degree, in any field, has been conferred. Please provide a copy of your transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable), or a copy or photo of your degree certificate, or a DegreeVerify Certificate from National Student Clearinghouse. Alternatively, if you have an advanced degree such as an MFA, we will accept that transcript or certificate.

Be sure to sign the Professional Programs Policies on the application page, or your application cannot be considered.



If you are accepted into the program, you will be contacted with instructions on how to pay your $2000 tuition deposit.  A deposit must be paid to hold your spot in the program.

The full tuition balance will be due a few weeks before the start of the program. Tuition must be paid in full before the program begins. 

Our UCLA tuition payment portal can only accept payments by credit or debit card. Tuition cannot be paid by check or money order. 

There is no application fee for our programs.


Although our programs are graduate-level, they do not earn academic credit. For this reason, we know of no loans, financial aid, scholarships, or military waivers that are available for our applicants.


Applicants who would like to withdraw from any of our courses must do so in writing. Students may simply email us at

The refund schedule for the 2024-2025 Professional Program in Screenwriting is:

  • 100% refund if student withdraws by September 9, 2024
  • 80% refund after September 9, 2024, and up to and including first day of second week of classes (October 15, 2024)
  • 50% refund after October 15, 2024, and up to and including first day of third week of classes (October 21, 2024)
  • 0% refund after October 21, 2024

If you have any questions, please send an email to

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