Writing for Film & Television

Program Introduction

The curriculum is based on North American screenwriting industry standards and aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience that will allow them to have writing careers in film and television. The curriculum is divided into group lectures and one-on-one workshops where students write full length feature film screenplays, original TV scripts, as well as animation and short scripts.  At the end of their year of study, Students will have a portfolio of written work suitable for production and that can also be used as writing samples for the industry.


Student short script workshop


Create three dimensional characters that drive their stories and engage audiences emotionally


Construct structurally sound stories that are dramatically compelling and thematically consistent








Write character driven dialogue that is entertaining and true to life

Student original feature film workshop





View Detailed Syllabus
  • Term 01

    Develop fundamental skills in visual storytelling, structure, character, format, and genre.

  • Term 02

    Commit to story and character development for your first feature screenplay.

  • Term 04

    Specialize in film, TV or games writing, and begin work on your final project.

  • Term 05

    Electives include writing for comics, video games, and writing for commercials.

Career Orientation

  • Feature Film Writer


  • Film & TV Producer


  • Story Editor

Program Advantages

More writing means more experience. By the time you complete your intensive year at SHVFS, you’ll have written more scripts than any traditional four-year film school.

Small workshops allows students to have extensive time with instructors insuring their scripts receive the attention they deserve.

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Film Production and Acting Departments, and see their scripts come to life. 

Alumni Success

  • Power Rangers

  • Walking Dead

  • The Man in the High Castle

Class Moments





考特尼 • 弗雷






影视编剧02 袁曾

I am glad that my first professional film and television education is under the guidance of the friendly and patient teachers of SHVFS. The North American educational theory and practice here is really different from the domestic environment and allowed me to finish my first work. Although the scriptwriting classes are small, it is easier to establish deeper friendships, and study with each other. We all shared the same interests, and hope to continue to support each other in our future careers and life paths. 


Admissions Info

  • Start date: May for Spring semester (tentative); September for Fall semester
  • Educational system: 3 months, two 6-week terms
  • Tuition fee: 28,000 (Scholarships are available.  Please request more information in the APPLY NOW link below.)

Related materials:

A. A copy of your ID (Proof that you are at least 18 years of age or have graduated from high school.)

B. A copy of your highest degree (If you are still studying, please provide your Confirmation Letter.)

C.One CV both in Chinese and English

D. One recommendation letter (optional, remarks: Please note family members are not eligible as references).

E. A file certifying your English proficiency level, such as TOEFL or IELTS score sheet, CET score sheet, Transcripts from any secondary or post-secondary institutions attended in the last 3 years, etc.

F. You will be asked to submit writing samples with your application.  

Write a one-page (maximum) synopsis of an original feature film or television project that you are passionate about writing.

In addition, please provide a minimum of two and maximum of four other creative writing samples in their original form (no more than 20 total pages should be submitted). You'll find information on how to send your work in the application form.

Writing Samples may be submitted in English or Chinese.


Please note that all the materials are collected only for admission purposes only, and will not be avaliable to the public.