Media Arts


M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television

LIU’s acclaimed TV Writers Studio (TVWS) is a one-of-a-kind writing practicum created by Norman Steinberg, an Emmy Award winner and veteran screenwriter whose credits include Blazing Saddles, My Favorite Year, Johnny Dangerously, Mr. Mom, and many others. Pure and simple, the goal of the TVWS is to educate and to develop highly skilled, experienced professionals with strong portfolios who will be prepared to begin careers in the television industry as writer/producer/entrepreneurs.

Each year, the TVWS has two cohorts running side-by-side: one in its first year, the other in its second and final year. The students invited to participate in the TVWS become part of an intensive, two year curriculum of study during which they function collaboratively like the staff of an ongoing television series; and independently, as writer/creators of their own TV series pilot and web series.

Upon completing the 48 credit program, each student will graduate with an M.F.A in Writing and Producing for Television which. Classes are held at the state-of-the-art Steiner Studios, a 305,000-square-foot Hollywood-style production and support facility in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“The students chosen to join the TV Writers StudioSM will find out what it’s like to be on the day-to-day writing staff of a TV series where they will experience the joy of collaborating on a pilot script and the agony of eating awful Chinese take-out at two in the morning.” – Norman Steinberg

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Admissions Requirements
The M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television is a highly competitive program, which seeks to recruit 20-25 students each year, who exhibit the ability to express themselves clearly and creatively in the written form. Applicants need not have a background in writing for TV or film. However, they will be required to submit, as part of the admissions process (see below), writing samples that demonstrate the potential required to write for the television medium.
To be admitted to this program you must submit:

  • An application for admission
  • An original dramatic or comedic script written for film, TV or theater, or a sample of creative writing that reflects your story-telling ability.
  • Two written recommendations: one professional and one academic. Include contact information.
  • An up-to-date bio or CV In addition, applicants must:
  • Have earned an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university
  • Complete a personal interview, which will be scheduled once the writing samples have been reviewed

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:

  • Regularly attending classes (no more than three missed classes will be allowed).
  • Submitting projects and writing assignments by the predetermined deadlines.

Graduation Requirements

The M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television is a full-time, 48-credit program, running two years; consisting of the following courses.

Semester One
WPT 610 Writing and Development - The Television Series 6.00
WPT 611 The History Of Television 3.00
WPT 612 The Writer's Table (January/Winter Intensive) 3.00
Semester Two
WPT 620 Television Series & Programs - Writing And Pre-Production 6.00
WPT 622 New Media: An Introduction 3.00
WPT 698 Individual Episode Writing 3.00
WPT 699 Internship 0.00
Semester Three
WPT 630 Television Series & Programs - Writing and Production 6.00
WPT 631 Single Camera Film-Style Video Production 3.00
WPT 632 Location Production (Winter Intensive) 3.00
WPT 699 Internship 0.00
Semester Four
WPT 642 Post Production 3.00
WPT 643 Intellectual Property And Cutting The Deal 3.00
WPT 621 Genre Theory and Writing the Pilot 3.00
WPT 700 Capstone Course 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Credits: 48
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0


Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences