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 12-credit 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

  • Please see Tuition & Fees 2018-2019 (post grad tuition + post grad residency fees). Initial residency participation is required at the start of the semester; students may attend a second residency at the end of the semester should they choose.
  • Tuition fees are subject to change; contact admissions for current information.


Aja Zoecklein

Associate Director, MFA in Film
[email protected]