The first step in filmmaking is the screenplay. This is where the story takes shape. Screenwriters have the difficult task of determining the best way to tell the story, dramatizing it through character, conflict, setting, dialogue, tone, action and format, making it as real and powerful as possible. Through UNCSA’s Screenwriting program, you will learn all the tools necessary to make you a confident, professional screenwriter, ready to start a career in this first and integral step of filmmaking.
The School of Filmmaking at UNCSA has been recognized by leading publications of the arts and entertainment industry. Variety ranked the school in its list of top 50 entertainment programs worldwide, and Backstage ranked UNCSA in the top eight film programs for aspiring cinematographers.
Discover how the School of Filmmaking's graduate programs prepare students to become skilled storytellers and strong collaborators in the industry.
This year's RiverRun International Film Festival includes 14 films with connections to UNCSA, including the documentary "Extraordinary People," written, produced and directed by Laura Hart McKinny, a professor of screenwriting, and her son, John.