Summer 2020: June 15 – July 24
Our summer Screenwriting and Film Studies M.F.A. and M.A. programs offer an experience unlike anything on the East Coast. We’ll challenge your expectations and help you prepare for a career in writing for film, television, and digital media. Small classes with personalized instruction drive growth in our students and foster deep, long term relationships. You’ll work with a program director who’s an accomplished writer in L.A. and professors who have worked in the industry, and learn directly from experienced professionals with a long and impressive list of credentials.
For those wanting to pursue a professional career in filmmaking, the Screenwriting M.F.A. program offers an intensive, six-week program each summer. Students generally complete the degree requirements in three to five summers.
Screenwriting & Film Studies M.A.
A master’s in this program prepares you for a rigorous academic and critical study of film. The degree may be completed in three to five summers.
Passionate about story and film
By delving into screenwriting at Hollins, I developed the most important component of my film career, which is storytelling. It allowed me a deep understanding of character creation, conflict, story structure, and script writing that I couldn’t have learned through film production. I was lucky to be surrounded with people who are passionate about story and film who continue to be part of my go-to network today.
– Niam Itani
Come prepared to work. You’ll develop, pitch, and write your film, television and digital media projects. During our six-week program, students immerse themselves in a professional, collaborative environment. They work with, and learn from, industry professionals with decades of experience in the film and television industry.
Come be a part of a one-of-a-kind program. At Hollins, you’ll build relationships that will not only enrich you, but also prepare you for your future.
“We Bring a Piece of LA to the Roanoke area.”
WVTF Public Radio takes an in-depth look at our program: Hollins Program Cranks out Hopeful Filmmakers >
Our faculty consists of professors from world renowned film schools including UCLA, NYU, and the University of Texas at Austin. Other instructors include professional film and television writers and some of the most innovative creators of digital media on the scene today.
Each summer we welcome guest artists to share their work and experience. Past speakers have included:
- Craig Borten, (Academy Award-nominated co-writer of Dallas Buyers Club)
- Amy Aniobi (writer; Silicon Valley, The Michael J. Fox Show, HBO’S Insecure; writer/creator, Amy And Lisa Are Black)
- Lisa McQuillan (writer; Blackish, Dr. Ken; writer/creator, Amy And Lisa Are Black)
- Barbara Curry (The Boy Next Door, Hallmark Channel’s Anything For Love)
- Jessica Yingling (producer, Anything For Love)
- Ana Lily Amirpour (writer/director of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Bad Batch)
- Scott Kosar (writer, The Machinist)
- Cameron Porsandeh (writer/executive producer, SyFy’s Helix)
Meet the Director
Tim Albaugh, director of the graduate program in screenwriting and film studies; M.F.A., UCLA
Professor Albaugh has taught screenwriting at UCLA, University of California-Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. As a writer, he has sold or optioned scripts to various studios and production companies. He wrote the film Trading Favors, starring Rosanna Arquette, Devon Gummersall, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The original screenplays Weasel (by Steve Bagatourian) and Croak (by Rich Davis) were written in Albaugh’s classes and subsequently set up as coproductions between Popular Films, Hudson River Entertainment, and Echo Lake Productions. Some of Albaugh’s other students have sold scripts to numerous studios, producers, and production companies.