BFA in Screenwriting

Screenwriting Program

Introduced in 2009, the Screenwriting BFA Program has been acclaimed for the success of its faculty and alumni, including accolades at TIFF, Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes.

With an admissions intake of only 10 students per year, the program offers talented writers a challenging and nurturing educational and creative environment.

Through a full range of courses, first and second year students are immersed in the fundamentals of screenwriting, while developing their own unique writing style. Third and fourth year students expand their skills to create stories in film and television, as well as new media, VR, and gaming.

Screenwriting students work alongside production students to gain on-set experience and pitch their work, engaging in a vital community, which can fuel partnerships and projects beyond graduation.

Our mission is to inspire, ignite, and launch the next generation of storytellers across an ever-growing, multi-billion dollar entertainment industry. Expert faculty, industry-leading facilities, and a diverse community make the BFA Screenwriting Program at York University the only one of its kind in Canada.

As a screenwriting student you may also benefit from York’s renowned Creative Writing program. You may choose to do a minor in Creative Writing after taking the Intro to Creative Writing course in second year.

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Academic Calendar – Degree Requirements

Sample Courses

1120 3.0-Intro. to Screenwriting

Provides an overview of the role of storytelling in filmmaking practice, introducing students to the techniques used by screenwriters to craft stories in both fiction and non-fiction films and television programs and other moving picture media. Course credit exclusions: FA/FILM 1010 3.00, FA/FILM 1121 3.00 (prior to Winter 2011). Note: Required of all first-year BA and BFA film majors. Enrolment is limited to BA and BFA film majors.

1020- Intro to Filmmaking II

Offers instruction in the fundamental concepts, procedures and techniques of visual and audio production as an idea is taken from the script to the screen. Course work includes the production of several short projects in various formats. Students are required to purchase production materials. Prerequisite FA/FILM 1120 3.00. Note: Required of all first-year BFA film majors specializing in production. Enrolment is limited to BFA film majors.

2121 6.0-Screenwriting Fundamentals

Develops the student’s existing story outlines into full feature-length screenplays and through several rewrites. The course will also examine the realities of working as a writer in the Canadian and international film industries. Prerequisite: Grade of B+ or better in FA/FILM 3120 6.00.

3120 6.0-Feature Screenwriting 1

Focuses on the initial stages of writing a feature-length screenplay. Explores idea of development, story groundwork and principles of story structure. Leads students through craft challenges in the creation of a fully developed story outline. The first of two year-long courses. Prerequisite: FA/FILM 2120 6.00; or FA/FILM 2121 6.00 and permission of the Film Department.

4120 6.0-Feature Screenwriting II

Develops the student’s existing story outlines into full feature-length screenplays and through several rewrites. The course will also examine the realities of working as a writer in the Canadian and international film industries. Prerequisite: Grade of B+ or better in FA/FILM 3120 6.00.