Postgraduate Study for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

Independent film production is undergoing substantial change -- from the stories we tell to the methods by which they come into being, and from ways in which they’re funded to how they’re distributed.

New forms of filmmaking are emerging, creating new, innovative approaches in both style and substance. In addition to the two-year program, the MFA in Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts offers a semester of postgraduate study for screenwriters and filmmakers.


Created to offer writers the opportunity to polish their script, explore writing for visual media, or transform written work into a screenplay, this program is specifically designed for a full immersive experience into the evolving genres of feature, short, documentary and episodic work.


For filmmakers who want to explore new forms, gain new creative insights and refine their storytelling voices, this option offers emerging filmmakers and screenwriters an opportunity to take their current practice in new directions. 


Applicants must have earned a graduate degree in film or a related field and be able to present a body of work to the Admissions Committee. Learning is project-based and focused on refining creative choices and exploring innovative story and form.

Tuition & Scholarships

  • Fall 2016: $6,820 + residency fees (residency participation is required at beginning of semester; optional at end of semester) for 12 credits
  • Tuition fees are subject to change; contact admissions for current information.
  • Limited scholarships are available for DGA, CSA, ACE, and WGA MEMBERS; email for more information.


Stephen Pite

Program Director, MFA in Film
[email protected]