• The Showrunner Program (MFA)
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

The Showrunner Program (MFA)

» Acquire the skills needed to pursue a career as a television writer/producer

What is a showrunner? Think Shonda Rhimes. Think Ryan Murphy. Showrunners are the writer-producer powerhouses who shape everything we watch.

Our two-year MFA Showrunner Program will help you acquire all the skills you need to be at the center of the business as a writer/producer in TV and streaming.

You’ll strengthen your writing and learn from A-list creators and executives about how the industry works today. You’ll also discover the fundamentals of production: what it takes to produce a show from concept to delivery, through scripts to budgets to stars.

Year One: A deep dive into the fundamentals of story and an immersion into the streaming and TV universe. You’ll connect with dozens of working professionals at the top of their game as they screen their projects and reveal the secrets of their success.

Year Two: You’ll create your own show, from writing to casting to production. We’ll plunge you into a writers’ room, just like the real thing. Developing and crafting your own pilot, you’ll go from the seed of an idea to a series.

Graduation: You’ll leave with a portfolio spotlighting your talent as a writer, with specs for current series and an original pilot script. Our Career Center will work with you to find internships and jobs in the thriving, global entertainment world.


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