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.
Ourclassesare 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.
Duration: 12 Weeks, Winter 2024. Starts the week of January 15.
Courses will be delivered on weeknights and week-ends details below.
Credits: 9 credits
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.
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)
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.
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.
Reader / Evaluator for producers, studios, funding agents
Tuition and fees
Tuition and fees for this 9 credit program can be calculated by reviewing the tuition cost per credit and university fees.