From the Director

Tim Albaugh, Director of the Graduate Program in Screenwriting and Film Studies As Director of the Graduate Film department at Hollins University, I would like to express my appreciation for your interest in our M.A. and M.F.A. degree programs. I believe that we offer an exciting and progressive curriculum.  Some of our strengths include:

A wide variety of courses: These courses cover a range of topics related to screenwriting, television writing, writing for digital media, film production and critical studies. This blend, comprised of a core curriculum as well as elective courses that are always in step with the ever changing world of film, makes our department unique. A quick list of recent courses includes: Writing the High Concept Screenplay, Pitching Film and Television Projects, Writing the Television Pilot, Running the Television Writer’s Room, Writing and Producing A Web Series, Film and Video Production.

Close work with recognized scholars and film industry leaders: A unique aspect of our program is that we strive to bring in various scholars and current practitioners of the art of film criticism, film and television writing and the creation of digital media.  Recent instructors have included writers from MTV’s hit show Awkward and HBO’s critically acclaimed Treme as well as professors who have sold feature films to Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures. At Hollins University, we pride ourselves on our small classes and unparalleled access to your professors. Our program offers students the opportunity to build meaningful professional relationships with their instructors as well as their fellow students.

Beyond the classroom: Our department offers numerous opportunities to be involved with activities outside the classroom setting.  One of our signature events is the Friday Night Guest Lecture Series. Past participants have been writers, directors, actors and producers of such acclaimed films and television series as: Antonia’s Line, The Crazies, Do the Right Thing, The Machinist, Manhunter, The Mask, Monsoon Wedding, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Boy Next Door, Helix, Insecure, Dr. Ken, Blackish, and Silicon Valley.

Theory and practice collide:  As a graduate of the prestigious UCLA film school and an active producer of Hollywood films, I’m thrilled to invite you to join me this summer. My vision for the program is to offer you access to the best instruction available, and help you use that instruction to further your careers. I look forward to creating a community of film makers and scholars who will be dynamic story tellers, passionate professors and powerful new voices in the film industry.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You can reach me by email at