Official course registration, N° 20160724 | September 30, 2016


The MA in Scriptwriting gives students a wide variety of tools and technical foundations for developing creative scripts. This program also allows students to explore other aspects of film such as: sound, lighting, staging, photography, producing and directing. The course opens up an opportunity to create high-impact projects by offering strategic knowledge of the world of film and its context.
The program also encourages all students to identify and articulate their own voice, and trains them to become involved in a constructive public discourse.

The program is designed for professionals keen to create scripts for film, television and digital media, as well as those with an interest in the film industry, television, literature, communication and writing in general. The ideal candidate is able to express and formulate ideas clearly, and possesses a wide vocabulary and a passion for story-telling.

The MA in Scriptwriting combines courses, workshops, one-on-one teaching assessments and group debates, all with the aim of supporting students find their voice. At the same time, the nature of the subject requires a large amount of unsupervised individual writing and reading work, either on or off CENTRO’s premises. However, it is possible to combine work while studying this course.

As a part-time program, the MA in Scriptwriting lasts 18 months (three academic semesters), during which students develop their own script for a film or the episode of a television program. The program is most intensive at the beginning, with classroom teaching decreasing each semester in order to allow students enough time to develop and complete their final project during the last semester while they continue with their professional work.

Introduction to film I
The evolution of film and its discourse through the technological developments of photography and sound, and its meaning.
Scriptwriting basics
Identifying the basic elements for writing a script and learning to combine and evaluate them both in the analysis of audiovisual stories and in the actual writing for films and television programs.
Narrative models for scriptwriters
Analyzing literary texts based on narratology and gender theory, and which will also be useful for producing, reviewing and correcting scripts.
Analyzing and comparing classical and contemporary dramatic structures in Western theater.
Audiovisual language analysis
Evaluating the basic concepts of semiotics for the analysis and development of scripts.
Analyzing narrative structure, expressive aspects and a conceptual approach to audiovisual texts, and applying the principles of the analysis of the audiovisual message to scriptwriting.

Introduction to film II
Identifying the main film discourses through staging, editing, and the importance for the script’s development.
Film and television scriptwriting workshop
Applying narrative, compositional and critical skills required for writing a feature-length fiction and a television program episode.
From ink to tape: Production workshop
Understanding the importance of a script based on the analysis of its component parts and its transformation when transferring them to an audiovisual medium.
Audiovisual anthropology
Identifying and applying basic research strategies to develop a script.

Discursive script analysis
Applying principles of theory and methodology for the critical discourse analysis (CDA) to the study and/or production of scripts.
Adapting literary texts
Analyzing the main challenges of making adaptations from one medium to another, and being able to propose adaptations of various texts for film and television.
Thesis workshop
Applying the methodological tools needed to develop the end-of-course project, at the same time as designing a marketing strategy to sell it.

This program boasts a network of Mexican and international lecturers and speakers with ample professional experience as scriptwriters and distinguished careers at universities, film schools and institutions.

MA in Art, Literature and Thinking at the Pompeu Fabra University and the Museum of Memory and Tolerance, where he teaches courses in narratives.

Professor at film schools and universities for 24 years. Chair of the Documentary Film Department at the San Antonio de los Baños International Film and Television School (EICTV) in Cuba. Director of Film and Television at CENTRO.

PhD in Cross-disciplinary Studies of Culture and Communication. Director of CENTRO’s Creative Economic Research Center.

MA in Human Development from the Iberoamericana University and PhD candidate for Public Communication at Navarra University in Spain. Former director of the film archive at the Cineteca Nacional. Editorial consultant at Vesalio Difusión Médica and faculty member at CENTRO’s Film and Television department.

MA in Museology from New York University. Faculty member of Mexican and Latin American Literature at the Modern American School and lecturer of CENTRO’s Text Creation and Comprehension Workshop.

Honors degree | Letter of motivation | Interview | Advanced English

August | Course length: 18 months (three semesters) | Credits: 90 | Class schedule: Wednesdays, 6.00pm-10.00pm; Thursdays, 7.00pm-10.00pm; Saturdays, 10.00am-3.00pm.