Brooks Institute Offers Master Of Fine Arts Degree In Screenwriting

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Brooks Institute’s Latest MFA Creates New Career Development Opportunity for Aspiring Screenwriters

a student graduating with the [MFA in Screenwriting] will have been exposed to the process of creating and exhibiting a body of dramatic writing work, including a minimum of three feature-length screenplays, one teleplay, and one short script for new media.

Brooks Institute unveils its Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree program in Screenwriting, the newest offering from Brooks Institute’s School of Film. Designed by accomplished screenwriter and film faculty member Brian Price, this MFA program adds a new dimension to the area’s educational offerings and has begun enrollment for its kickoff in November. Individuals interested in learning more about this program are encouraged to contact an admissions representative at (888) 276-4999 or to attend one of the three panel discussions held at the school’s Ventura Campus located at 5301 N. Ventura Ave. in Ventura, California:
Thursday, Sept. 24, 5 – 6 p.m. in Room V4
Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 – 6 p.m. in Room V4
Thursday, Oct. 8, 5 – 6 p.m. in Room V4

“The instruction within the program covers the entirety of the screenwriting art, craft, and industry,” said Brooks Institute’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, David Litschel. “This exciting new program can help prepare aspiring screenwriters to turn their ideas into screenplays, and to equip them with the skills that can help them compete in the screenwriting market.”

According to Brooks Institute Film Program Director Glynn Beard, “a student graduating with the MFA in Screenwriting will have been exposed to the process of creating and exhibiting a body of dramatic writing work, including a minimum of three feature-length screenplays, one teleplay, and one short script for new media.”

The 66-credit degree program can be completed in as little as two years and includes the option of pedagogical training and teaching assistantships. Students will take 2-3 classes each academic session. The program’s class schedule coincides with the existing undergraduate degree schedule to take full advantage of the Brooks Institute’s faculty.

“This new program adds another dimension to Brooks Institute’s School of Film,” states Brooks Institute President Dr. Roger C. Andersen, “Geared to aspiring screenwriters, it will foster critical thinking, creativity, and professional excellence.”

Program Developer, Brian Price, earned his Bachelor’s degree at Yale and his screenwriting MFA at UCLA. He has received many awards including Indie Spirit Award at the Planet Indie Festival in Toronto; Best Documentary from the New York Independent Film & Video Festival; and Audience Award–Best Feature from the DC Independent Film Festival. Brian also won a well known scriptwriting contest called “Scriptapalooza” with a $10,000 first prize.

About Brooks Institute
Brooks Institute celebrates 63 years of educating students in the visual and media arts. With campuses in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California, the school offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fields including Professional Photography, Film Production and Design; a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Journalism; and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Photography and Screenwriting. Brooks Institute graduates are visible nationally and internationally, working for distinguished organizations including National Geographic, Smithsonian, Los Angeles Times and other national media outlets, including Hallmark Publishing, Cousteau Society, HBO, Kodak and other industry leaders in the visual media arts fields. Brooks Institute does not guarantee employment or salary. Brooks is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information about Brooks Institute and the school’s programs, visit, or call 805-966-3888.


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