- Program Structure
- Career Opportunities
- Student Testimonials
- Entry Requirements
- Application Procedures
- Tuition Fees
- International Screenwriting
- Program Structure
- Career Opportunities
- Student Testimonials
- Entry Requirements
- Application Procedures
- Tuition Fees
Master in International Screenwriting and Production
Program Name: Master in International Screenwriting and Production (MISP)
Program type: Specializing Master (Master Universitario)
School: Arts and Philosophy - Language Sciences and Foreign Literature
Campus: Milan, Italy
Duration: October 2018 - November 2019
Total ECTS: 70
The Master in International Screenwriting and Production aims at creating professional scriptwriters, story editors and producers, providing them with a thorough understanding of the audiovisual industry and a strong knowledge of the storytelling techniques, which are the heart of every project of feature film and television series. The MISP is a full-time intensive course, with a maximum enrollment of 42 students. The qualification, issued by Università Cattolica, is recognized as a first level Master’s degree by the Italian Government.
The Master will allow students to acquire the required knowledge to work in the entertainment industry, both as writers and/or professionals working in production or distribution companies, TV networks, talent agencies or as production assistants. Students will receive a comprehensive and high level training which effectively combines the academic expertise of university professors with the professional know-how of high-ranking professionals with international profiles.
- Screenwriting theory (8 ECTS/ CFU)
- Script analysis and project evaluation (8 ECTS/ CFU)
Writing techniques for audiovisual products (12 ECTS/ CFU)
- Screenwriting practice: treatments, scenes and dialogues, scripts, pitches.
The writing of genres and adaptation.
Writing for different formats: comic books, novels, documentaries, entertainment TV shows, advertising, the web, mobile media, and transmedia projects.
- Screenwriting and production of animation projects.
The audiovisual industry (4 ECTS/ CFU)
- Industries and audiences.
- TV acquisition and programming and film distribution
- The physical production: pre-production, shooting, post-production, contracts and budgeting.
- Communication ethics (4 ECTS/ CFU)
Three months before the end of theoretical classes, the students will have to choose between one of the following careers: screenwriting or production.
The students, who choose the screenwriting career, will have to write and deliver a final project from which the writing abilities developed during the program should emerge.
Typically,the final project takes the form of a script for a feature film, which can either be an original idea or an adaptation.
The final project can be written in English, Italian, French or Spanish.
The students, who choose the production career, will have the opportunity to undertake an internship within an established production or distribution company, a TV network, an advertising agency or on a film set.
Armando Fumagalli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
- Luca Bernabei, Ceo Lux Vide
- Arturo Cattaneo, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
- Luca Manzi, Screenwriter and creative producer
- Armando Fumagalli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
- Giorgio Simonelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Teachers and tutors of the final projects
- Marco Alessi, Screenwriter (Elisa di Rivombrosa, Rino Gaetano, Immaturi) and producer, head of Dugong (Tahrir)
- Roberto Amoroso, Creative Director, Programming Department Sky Italia
- Francesco Arlanch, Screenwriter (Mary of Nazareth, Anna Karenina, Sotto copertura)
- Renata Avidano, Story editor (La strana coppia, Cosi fan tutte)
- Francesco Balletta, Screenwriter (Distretto di polizia, Ris, Angel’s Friends)
- Deborah Belford de Furia, Script consultant
- Stefano Bethlen, Head of Theatrical Distribution, Disney, Italy
- Paolo Braga, Professor Università Cattolica and screenwriter (Jules Verne)
- Anne Brogan, Producer, Managing Director Kindle Entertainment, London (Hank Zipzer, Jamillah and Aladdin)
- Bobette Buster, Script consultant and lecturer, University of Southern California, Pixar Animation Studios, etc.
- Tim Compton, Writer and producer, Lime Pictures, London (Evermoor, House of Anubis)
- Gianfranco Cordara, Vice President, Global Magazines and New IP, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Los Angeles
- Lucia Cereda, Head of development, Medusa
- Laura Cotta Ramosino, TV series script consultant, RaiUno
- Luisa Cotta Ramosino, Screenwriter and creative producer (Distretto di polizia, La vita che corre, Medici Masters of Florence)
- Craig Detweiler, Screenwriter and Professor, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles
- Jennifer Dornbush, Screenwriter, Los Angeles
- Ryan Dornbush, VP and Director, Operations and HR, Alcon Entertainment, Los Angeles
- Armando Fumagalli, Professor of Semiotics, script consultant Lux vide
- Jordi Gasull, Screenwriter and producer, Madrid (Lope, Tadeo Jones, Atrapa la bandera /Capture the Flag)
- Giorgio Grignaffini, General Manager Taodue
- Laurie Hutzler, Screenwriter and script consultant (In the Valley of Elah, Quantum of Solace), Los Angeles and London
- Francesca Longardi, Producer Cattleya (Io non ho paura, Lezioni di cioccolato, Benvenuti al Sud)
- Luca Manzi, Screenwriter and creative producer (Don Matteo, Boris)
- Sara Melodia, Head of development Lux vide (War and Peace, Coco Chanel, Atelier Fontana)
- Carlo Micciché, Editorial coordinator TV series Mediaset
- Erica Negri, Producer at Disney Channel Italy (Alex & Co.) and transmedia strategist
- Cristiana Nobili, Director Original Production Disney Channel EMEA, London (Quelli dell’intervallo, Chiamatemi Giò, Violetta)
- Gennaro Nunziante, Screenwriter and director (Cado dalle nubi, Sole a catinelle, Quo vado)
- Paolo Paggetta, Coordinator Pay and Svod Department, Mediaset
- Mara Perbellini, Screenwriter (La vita che corre, Uffa, che pazienza!)
- Erminio Perocco, Copywriter (commercials Telecom, Lavazza) and advertising director (Crodino)
- Valentina Pozzoli, Producer (Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue, The Red Thunder) and script consultant
- Eleonora Recalcati, Story editor (Che Dio ci aiuti)
- Mario Ruggeri, Screenwriter (Don Matteo, Preferisco il Paradiso, Un passo dal cielo)
- Maurizio Sangalli, Screenwriter (Love Bugs, Il mammo, Casa e bottega)
- Paolo Sigismondi, Professor Global Entertainment, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- Lea Tafuri, Screenwriter (Coco Chanel, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet)
- Carlo Taranto, Author tv live shows, Gialappa’s Band (Mai dire…)
- John Truby, Head of Truby Writers Studio, Los Angeles
- Andrea Valagussa, Screenwriter (Distretto di polizia, Che Dio ci aiuti)
- Massimo Venier, Screenwriter and director (Chiedimi se sono felice, Il giorno in più, Aspirante vedovo)
- Egbert Van Wyngaarden, Screenwriter and transmedia strategist, Munich
- Fabrizio Zappi, Producer Raifiction (La meglio gioventù, Walter Chiari, Volare)
- Eleonora Andreatta, Director TV series and TV dramas for Rai Fiction
- Luca Bernabei, CEO Lux vide, Rome
- Armando Fumagalli, Director of the Master, professor of Semiotics and History of Cinema, Università Cattolica, script consultant for Lux vide
- Robin Lyons, Animation Writer and Producer, Calon (UK)
- Luca Manzi, Writer for novel, theater and television, and co-founder of the Master Program
- Cristiana Nobili, Director, Original Live Action Production, Disney Europe, Middle East and Africa (London)
- Paolo Sigismondi, Professor of Global Entertainment, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- John Truby, Screenwriter and script doctor for Disney, Universal, Sony Pictures, Fox, HBO, BBC
Teachers of the animation workshop
- Alfio Bastiancich, Head of animation, Showlab
- Robin Lyons, Screenwriter and producer, Calon, Cardiff - UK (Hilltop Hospital, Hana’s Helpline)
- Luca Milano, Vicedirector and head of animation Raifiction
- Evelina Poggi, Business Development Lynx Multimedia Factory
- Margherita Premuroso, Animator and director, InkyMind, Milan and London
- Maurizia Sereni, Head of animation development, Lux vide (Jules Verne)
- Caterina Vacchi, Head of production department Atlantyca (Geronimo Stilton)
Graduates from the MISP are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates have both the theoretical knowledge and the methodological tools suited to pursue professional and managerial careers as:
- Screenwriters or creative producers of television series and feature films;
- Authors of TV entertainment programs and documentaries, copywriters, creators of video games and web series, writers of comic books and novels and fiction editors in publishing companies;
- Story editors and script consultants;
- Supervisors of evaluation, acquisition and programming of TV shows;
- Professionals working in different areas of the television and film industry (physical production, distribution, acquisition, product placement, etc.)
Francesco Arlanch, Screenwriter (class of 2000)
Author of around twenty TV miniseries for RAI (National Italian Broadcaster), most of them among the top rating shows of the year. Author also of many episodes of top-rating TV series, two feature films, and some animation series. A good number of them have been broadcasted in many countries of the world (for ex. John Paul II, starring Jon Voight, coproduction with CBS, Anna Karenina, Sant'Agostino, etc.).
“Years ago I attended this Master’s Program as a pastime activity (at that time it only lasted a few months). Today I make a living from what I learned in those few months and I’ve fulfilled a dream that before I didn’t even dare to nurture: to write for the screen. This Master Program can change your life.”
Daniela Delle Foglie, Screenwriter (class of 2011)
Right after graduating from the Master Program, Daniela succeeded in writing several episodes of the teen series Talent High School. In 2013 she has been appointed to be one of the head writers of the third season of the top rating TV series RAI Che Dio Ci Aiuti, where she is now working on season 4. She also co-wrote episodes of Don Matteo, in addition to creating new TV series concepts. In 2015 she has published her first novel for Mondadori.
“Undeniably, this Master’s Program provided me with the tools necessary for turning my passion into a real job. During his lecture at the Master, John Truby said something that has become a kind of mantra for me: "Write a story that can change your life." Maybe I've done that already, or maybe I’ll manage to do it someday, but every time I find myself in front of a blank page, I think about it and I try.”
Mariachiara Oltolini, Animation Screenwriter (class of 2013)
Mariachiara works as story editor and screenwriter for Calon TV, a Cardiff-based animation production company that works for BBC, ARD, RAI, among others.
“This program has played a major role in my professional training. It didn’t only teach me the craft of writing, but also taught me a working method founded on collaboration and teamwork. It wasn’t only a training program, but a valuable opportunity for growth. And for that I am deeply grateful.”
Edoardo Gino, Story editor for Lux vide (class of 2015)
Edoardo Gino is currently working in Lux vide, as story editor for a new TV series for Sky Italy and for the new season of the TV series for RaiUno Un passo dal cielo.
“I entered the MISP with two things: a passion for writing, and the dream to make a living out of it. Now, just a few months after the end of the program, my dream has become a concrete perspective. You need your 3% of talent on your own, but if you want to learn the 97% of technique and persistence that you need to write a great story, the MISP is your place to be.”
General entry requirements:
- Completion of at least an undergraduate degree, obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS)
- The undergraduate degree must be obtained before the start of the program
- Università Cattolica will evaluate candidates’ academic and personal background and decide if they meet the specific conditions for admission to the chosen graduate program
Program-specific entry requirements:
- Degrees in Literature, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, Media studies and Communication are preferable, but no other degree is excluded.
- Students must be able to excel in courses that are reading-and-writing intensive. Applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.
Applicants whose first language is not English will need to have either:
- TOEFL iBT overall score of at least 80, or
- Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0, or
- Successfully completed a degree program taught in the English language
Please visit the section on application procedures for 1-year Specializing Master for information.
Please visit the section on Tuition Fees and Scholarships for 1-year Specializing Masters for detailed information.