Study BA in Screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University
You’ll graduate with a portfolio of original screenplays or pilots, as well as opportunities to pitch your work as student films by APU’s nationally recognized, award-winning production teams. Study next to Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world, as you learn from active professionals and produced writers—ready to pursue your calling as a storyteller and succeed in your screenwriting career.
Program at a Glance
The School of Visual and Performing Arts develops students’ talents through rich artistic experiences and comprehensive training in their chosen artistic discipline.
Gain Hands-on Experience
- Write and pitch original screenplays or pilots as student films.
- Develop your storytelling skills as you learn the best of narrative dramatic structures.
- Build your entrepreneurial and business abilities.
- Explore the Christian’s role in the entertainment industry.
- Acquire the abilities needed to write for mainstream Hollywood films and television series.
By the Numbers
Jollyfisher Ekpye ’24 loves that APU is training him in acting for both the stage and screen, since he plans to land roles in both.
Students with a passion for storytelling embrace the screenwriting major, which equips them to write for mainstream Hollywood films and television series. After learning the basics of production, students dive into an intensive sequence of courses taught by produced writers, active professionals, and scholars practicing the best of historic and contemporary narrative dramatic structure.
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How to Apply
- Complete your APU Undergraduate Application
- Select Cinematic Arts: Screenwriting, BA as your major
- When prompted, complete your Screenwriting Application via Get Acceptd
Fall 2024 Applicants
February 15, 2024, is the priority deadline for the Fall 2024 BA in Screenwriting Scholarship Application. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application and their Get Acceptd application by the deadline to ensure consideration.
Spring 2024 Applicants
December 1, 2023, is the priority deadline for the Spring 2024 BA in Screenwriting Scholarship Application. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application and their Get Acceptd application by the deadline to ensure consideration.
Cinematic Arts Scholarship Application Requirements
Plan a Visit
Applicants are encouraged to visit a class or meet with one of our professors. Please fill out a COTA Visitation Form to schedule a visit! We look forward to meeting you.
General Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Select an option below:
College of the Arts Cinematic Arts Scholarship
The Cinematic Arts Scholarship is a talent-based scholarship available to select incoming undergraduate students enrolled in the:
- BA in Animation and Visual Effects
- BA in Cinematic Arts
- BFA in Cinematic Arts Production
- BA in Games and Interactive Media
- BA in Screenwriting
Learn more about the Cinematic Arts Scholarship and how to apply.
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APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.
Scholarships and Grants
Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.
Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.
Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.
Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.
On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.
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Contact Your Admissions Representative
Additional Program Contact
Alisa Barsegyan, [email protected], (626) 387-5725
Department of Cinematic Arts
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 5297
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Student Services Center
Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Career Outlooks and Outcomes
College of the Arts Hosts Industry Spotlight at Warner Bros. Studios
The College of the Arts hosted the 2023 Industry Spotlight at the legendary Warner Bros. studios, giving students in cinematic arts, animation, screenwriting, theater, games, art, design, music, and journalism an opportunity to showcase their work.