Skip to main content

Microprogram in Screenwriting and Film Producing

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.

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.

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 January 16 - February 22
FMPR 441 Writing for Film II
March 5 - April 11
FMPR 336 Introduction to Film Producing
January 15 - April 15

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.

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

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

  1. You’ll need a Concordia Netname to start an application. Create a Netname account.
  2. Once you have a Netname, complete an application. Select “Undergraduate Microprogram” from the list to get started.
  3. Include your supporting documents:
  4. Have a valid credit card available to pay the application fee of $40 CAD.
    Please note: we accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diners Club, and UATP.

You may upload documents to your application even after submitting it. However, we cannot complete the assessment of your application until we receive all required documents.

Deadline to Apply for Winter 2024: November 1st

Back to top

© Concordia University