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Microprogram in Screenwriting and Film Producing

This program is now open for applications for Summer 2023 (May 10-Aug 10)
Deadline to Apply: March 12, 2023

A single application letter can change your life!

In this microprogram, instructors who are also professional scriptwriters and filmmakers will teach you how to write a script and how to turn it into moving images. You will learn the art of screenwriting while also discussing, developing and writing up your own script ideas in a small group-seminar setting. You will discover how to best approach story material, as well as all the do’s and don’ts — what to do and what to avoid — in becoming a successful screenwriter. You will also discover the ins and outs of film producing: how to choose a film project, ensure its development from script to production, how finance it and how to distribute it. You will learn about working with agents, financiers and public financing agencies, with legal and rights experts, distributors and exhibitors, and how to become a successful producer.

Our classes are offered on weeknights and on week-ends to help already active individuals acquire the knowledge and skills they need to get foothold in the film industry.

General information

  • Duration: 12 Weeks, Summer 2023. Starts the week of May 10
  • Courses will be delivered on weeknights and week-ends details below.
  • Credits: 9 credits

Program overview

This undergraduate Microprogram in Screenwriting and Film Producing teaches students two fundamental aspects of cinema: the creation of a screenplay and how to go about producing a film. Over the course of a 12 week semester, students will learn how to write a script and how to develop a project into a film according to film industry standards. The synthesis of screenwriting and film producing will help students navigate the intricacies of creative, technical, and logistical aspects unique to filmmaking, from conception, to financing, production and distribution.

What students are saying

 I learned a lot and I really enjoyed having actual producers and people in this field talking to us because it gave us a really good idea of what we should be ready for. 
 It has given me the tools to materialize the stories I imagined and has given me a network of people to potentially work with. The teacher’s feedback and the knowledge they shared with us was extremely valuable. 
 Everything I received and learned during this microprogram will be useful for my future writing projects, for my future projects to produce, and also for my creative process in general. 

Program structure

Degree requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a total of 9 credits

9 credits – Core Courses

  • FMPR 341 – Writing for Film I (3 credits)
  • FMPR 441 – Writing for Film II (3 credits)
  • FMPR 336 – Introduction to Film Producing (3 credits)

Consult the Undergraduate Calendar for the complete description of courses

English & French schedule

FMPR 341 Writing for Film I May 10 - June 21
FMPR 441 Writing for Film II
July 3 - August 10
FMPR 336 Introduction to Film Producing
May 10 - August 10

English-language section (in-person only)

Mondays 6-10pm Writing for Film I & II

Wednesdays 6-10pm Writing for Film I & II

Saturdays 8:45am-12:45pm Introduction to Film Producing

French-language section (remote only)

Tuesdays 6-10pm Scénarisation cinématographique I & II

Thursdays 6-10pm Scénarisation cinématographique I & II

Saturdays 8:45am-12:45pm Introduction à la production cinématographique

*Note that the course prerequisites as currently listed for these three courses in the undergraduate calendar do not apply to students enrolled in the Microprogram in Screenwriting and Film Producing.

screenwriting and film producing students looking at screen

After your degree

You will gain core competencies and the skills required to get a foothold in the film industry. Upon successful completion, you will be able to explore possibilities for entry level roles in the film industry.

  • Screenwriter

  • Story editor

  • Reader / Evaluator for producers, studios, funding agents

  • Independent producer

  • Assistant producer

Tuition and Funding

The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps on our online tuition calculator:  

  • Step 1: Choose undergraduate
  • Step 2: Choose Quebec resident OR Canadian, non-quebec resident
  • Step 3: Choose Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Step 4: Choose Part-time student
  • Step 5: Enter 9 credits for the winter term
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Admission requirements

This microprogram welcomes candidates with non-traditional career paths or those who do not necessarily possess a university or college degree. 

  • The microprogram is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents only.
  • Students already registered in an undergraduate program at Concordia are ineligible.
  • You do not need a previous degree or diploma to be accepted.

Application process

Deadline to apply: March 12, 2023

Contact for further details.  

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