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Hollins University
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PO Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
(540) 362-6575
(540) 362-6288 (Fax)

Director Tim Albaugh talks about the success of a student in the film program who is directing a movie that is getting national attention. Video (WDBJ-7) »


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According to MovieMaker magazine's Guide to Film Education, Hollins University has the most extensive film studies and screenwriting program in all of Virginia.


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Screenwriting & Film Studies M.A. and M.F.A. summer program

Summer 2014: June 23 - August 1

About the program

You will become part of a supportive community of screenwriters, filmmakers, and scholars who share a love of the art of film. Class sizes are small and you will enjoy regular interaction with a distinguished faculty from Hollins and institutions across the country.

Aside from classes, you will benefit from an exciting series of visiting screenwriters, filmmakers, and film scholars during each summer term, in addition to a regular series of film screenings and discussions. You will live on Hollins' historic and beautiful campus, minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail. Although the setting is decidedly pastoral, you are also minutes from the small city of Roanoke (250,000 in the metro area), which offers many cultural amenities.

Degrees offered

Since 1999, Hollins has offered the master of arts (M.A.) in screenwriting and film studies. This degree is for students interested in the academic study of film. For those students who prefer the more creative side of screenwriting rather than the critical study, we offer the master of fine arts (M.F.A.). With the exception of the Advanced Screenwriting Tutorial, which is a required course for M.F.A. candidates, all courses offered in the program are available to students in either degree plan. We strongly believe that a firm grounding in film studies makes you a better writer, while practice in creative writing makes you a more effective scholar.

Graduation requirements

Both degrees require the completion of ten courses (40 credits) over the course of five summers on campus, or in as few as three summers in combination with off-site independent study. Courses will include film analysis and research, creative writing, narrative theory and practice, and video production. The M.F.A. program will share courses with the M.A. program, with the exception of the advanced screenwriting tutorials, which will be available only to M.F.A. students. For the M.F.A., the requirement is 40 hours plus a thesis (screenplay), whereas the M.A. requirement is 40 hours including a thesis. A comprehensive exam is required for both degrees. The M.A. requires proficiency in a modern foreign language (German, French, or Spanish, typically).


Susie's Hope, a movie wrtten and produced by Dan A.R. Kelly M.F.A. '14, will be broadcast nationally. More »

Lovinder Gill M.A. '01, M.F.A. '06 wrote, produced, and directed the feature film StaleMate. The film won "Best Picture" at the 2011 Staten Island Film Festival, which had over 1,500 entries and more than 50 exhibited films.

Two friends and colleagues of Klaus Phillips, the founding director of Hollins University's graduate program in screenwriting and film studies, are honoring his memory by establishing a monetary award in his name. More info (PDF) »