Learn the art of screenwriting from industry professionals and filmmakers to develop your own script ideas and bring them to life on screen. 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.
This microprogram is ideal for professionals looking for a foothold in the film industry with courses offered on weeknights and weekends in a small group setting. No prerequisites or prior experience are required to enroll in this microprogram.
Duration: 12 Weeks, Summer 2024. Starts the week of May 8th.
Credits: 9 credits
Application deadline: March 15, 2024
The English version of this microprogram is delivered in person only.
This microprogram welcomes candidates from diverse professional and educational backgrounds who are interested in becoming a screenwriter, story editor, script evaluator or other kinds of producing roles.
Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.
Registered undergraduate students at Concordia are not allowed to enrol in this microprogram.
No previous degree or diploma required for acceptance.
What to expect
Over the course of 12 weeks, you will discover how to best approach story material, as well as 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.
Students who complete this program will receive a certification of completion and 9 undergraduate credits at the university level.
9 credits of coursework
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. Please note that no prerequisites are required for students enrolled in the microprogram.
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 teachers' 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.
Applicants are encouraged to mention their preferred language microprogram in their letter of intent. The department will follow up with all applicants to confirm.
Students in the microprogram will only be registered for classes in the microprogram for which they are admitted and cannot audit or register for additional classes.
Admission to the BFA Film Production program remains competitive and does not give preference to students who completed the microprograms. If you're interested in undergraduate and graduate level cinema programs, you should consult the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema website for more information.
Yes! Microprogram students are welcome to enjoy the same resources as students in degree programs such as the Health and Wellness services and Library services.
Do you have more questions? Don't hesitate to reach us with questions about this microprogram.