Public Engagement

  • Screenwriting

    Students are guided through the entire process of writing a script for a full-length motion picture. This program is open to anyone who aspires to complete a professional-quality screenplay, including people with and without college degrees and current undergraduate students.

    The New School awards a certificate in screenwriting for successful completion of a sequence of approved courses. Upon completing the core sequence of screenwriting courses, students have a comprehensive grounding in story, character, theme, action, visuals, and dialogue, as they have been carefully guided through the entire screenplay writing process by our distinguished faculty. The certificate program is open to committed students from any background as long as they have a high school diploma. It can be completed entirely online by students who cannot or do not wish to take classes on campus.

    Registered certificate students are invited to School of Media Studies special events, including guest lectures, special screenings and media exhibitions, and receive information about optional internships.

    Certificate courses can be taken on a noncredit basis or for undergraduate credit, but students must register as certificate students. Certificate approval will not be awarded retroactively for any course.

    Voice/Over Annual Script Reading Event

    Voice/Over is the School of Media Studies' Annual Script Reading Event. Screenplays written by students completing the Screenwriting Certificate are brought to life as select portions are read before an audience of students, peers, and invited film industry professionals. Not your ordinary script reading, Voice/Over uses audio and video elements in addition to accomplished actors to bring the writers' words to cinematic life. The reading is followed by the presentation of awards, including the Rena Down Memorial Screenwriting Prize, and a reception.


    Students may start our program in the fall, spring, or summer. There is no formal admissions process for the Certificate in Screenwriting, but students must meet the eligibility requirements below.

    Registration for courses must reflect Certificate (CT) status, which will incur a certificate registration fee. In  Open Campus online registration, filter the Enrollment Type by "Certificate" and register for the classes. Before registering, have your certificate courses approved in the School of Media Studies office. Certificate approval cannot be awarded for any course retroactively. For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, call 212.229.8903 or email


    Any student with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is eligible to pursue the Certificate in Screenwriting. International students may not apply for a student visa to study in the Screenwriting Certificate Program. For more information about US immigration requirements for students, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at 212.229.5592 or email

    Liberal Arts majors at The New School may be able earn a noncredit Certificate in Screenwriting concurrently with their bachelor's degree. Please visit the Bachelor's Program for more information.