Nov 2, 2011, 11:38 AM
Post #50 of 52
Welcome of the forum, tavisltate.
Re: [travisltate] Playwriting & Screenwriting MFA
If you were asking about an MBA or law school, I'd counsel you to work for a few years to gain the experience that those kinds admissions committees find attractive, but since you're looking at MFAs in playwriting, there's no reason why you can't apply straight from undergrad.
Although the median age of MFA students tend to be a little older, MFA programs routinely accept applicants straight from undergrad. Considering an application at this time is not out of bounds. If you feel your writing is ready and you can benefit from a terminal degree, you should definitely apply.
That said, MFAs are extremely competitive. I'm not as well versed in playwriting and screenwriting programs, but fully funded programs in fiction and poetry tend to have acceptance rates of less than 2%.
Also, there's no such thing as a "lesser known school" when it comes to these types of programs. Indiana University, for example, is home to one of the most selective fiction and poetry MFAs in the country. It also houses one the premiere music conservatories in the nation, and its department of theatre and drama is held in high regard.
Again, I'm not as familiar with playwriting and screenwriting programs, but I can assure you that any place with a fully-funded MFA is not going to fly beneath the radar. Offering this kind of support is the institution's way of announcing its seriousness and commitment to the world. IU and Catholic University--indeed, any program that funds its students--are leaders that will attract the best students writing in English from around the world.