Focused on exceptional visual storytelling and inspirational content, the Screenwriting Program at Metro State teaches artistic individuals how to create commercially viable, socially conscious media (scripts, films, TV shows, documentaries, web series, etc.) by building creative & technical skills, offering critical perspectives, and providing practical preparation for a career in professional screenwriting, filmmaking and/or media production.
The only of its kind in the state of Minnesota, our Screenwriting BA Program is unique because it covers every step in the creative process. Led by diverse, award-winning faculty, students learn to harness their imaginations and write original screenplays; collaborate, produce, direct, shoot, and edit films; and then exhibit and share their films with audiences in Metro State University’s 320 seat digital cinema, Film Space, located on the Saint Paul campus.
Students attend film festivals, screenplay readings, panels, and other professional development events in the Twin Cities as part of normal course work. This community engagement is woven into the curriculum and offers valuable networking and learning opportunities. Each student completes multiple screenplays and short films that are both important creative accomplishments and professional portfolio samples. A required internship helps bridge the gap from college to career.
For a look at some of the work of students and alumni in the program, check out the Lakes List, a collection of exemplary screenplays for movies, short films, web series and TV shows, written by the screenwriting students and alumni of the Screenwriting BA program.
- Development of original cinematic voices as demonstrated by writing non-derivative, boundary-breaking, market-ready screenplays, professionally presented, with identifiable themes and compelling stories as demonstrated within the written screenplays
- Understanding of craft tools, including but not limited to concepts of character development, character journey, and story structure as demonstrated by effective use of these within the written screenplays
- Preparation for a career in screenwriting, filmmaking, and/or into entry level positions in film, video and TV production, related media fields within a corporate or nonprofit environment, and/or graduate school
- Understanding of the film and TV industry, including but not limited to national and local filmmaking and screenwriting community resources (grants, fellowships, etc.)