The goal of the M.F.A. program in Writing for the Screen is to train students for a career in screenwriting — to develop mastery in writing for screens of all sizes. Students pursuing LMU's Writing for the Screen M.F.A. will prepare for specific careers in film, television, and new and emerging media through a highly professional and challenging graduate curriculum. Using long-form storytelling as a basis for teaching screenwriting, students will progress from the elements class to the creation of a portfolio of work, which will include three feature length screenplays, one episodic teleplay and at least one original pilot for television. With a focus on the demonstration of 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, this program is suitable for students pursuing a career in academia and/or the entertainment industry.