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Microprogram in Screenwriting and Film Producing

Taught in English on campus or online in French

Program overview

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.

Admission requirements

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.

Course schedule

Course Duration In-person class schedule
FMPR 341 Writing for Film I May 8 - June 17 Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 10:00 p.m.
FMPR 441 Writing for Film II
July 3 - August 12 
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 10:00 p.m.
FMPR 336 Introduction to Film Producing
May 11 - August 10 Saturdays from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

How to apply

  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:
    • Curriculum vitae (cv)
    • A letter of intent stating your interests and motivations to pursue screenwriting (two pages maximum, single-spaced in English or French)
    • Proof of your status in Canada
  4. Have a valid credit card to pay the application fee of $40 CAD.
    Please note that 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 Summer 2024: March 15, 2024.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Keep in mind that the English and French microprograms are separate cohorts and that the English microprogram is delivered in-person only. The sceenwriting and film producing microprogram offered in French is delivered online only.

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.

Contact us

Do you have more questions? Don't hesitate to reach us with questions about this microprogram. 

Email: cinema@concordia.ca

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