Aspiring screenwriters and enthusiasts
Online Certificate in Screenwriting
Georgetown’s Certificate in Screenwriting will present the mechanical skills necessary to prepare scripts for television and film, using the standard, industry-accepted format for feature films.
Georgetown University’s Certificate in Screenwriting introduces students to the fundamental skills, theory, and business of screenwriting today, preparing them for careers in mainstream and independent film, television, scripted online entertainment, film exhibition, and literary/artistic representation.
Our program is designed for lay enthusiasts, fiction and nonfiction writers of all genres, and filmmakers seeking to enhance their storytelling skills. Two core classes are required for successful completion.
- Ideal for: Aspiring screenwriters and enthusiasts
- Duration: 12 weeks
- Tuition: $1,750
- Format: Online
- Schedule: Weekly one-hour Zoom session in the evening
Weekly one-hour Zoom session in the evening
- Semester of Entry: Fall, spring, summer
Semester of Entry
Fall, spring, summer
Upon successful completion of the certificate, you’ll be able to:
Testimonials from current students and alumni.
I took the screenwriting class at Georgetown. I'm now chasing the dream in Hollywood and was thinking of how grateful I am to have taken your class!Sara Certificate in Screenwriting
Curriculum & Schedule
You must successfully complete two courses for a total of 3.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 36 contact hours. The program must be completed in sequence. See detailed description of the course modules.
- Introduction to Screenwriting
- Advanced Screenwriting
What is Self-Directed Learning Plus?
Self-Directed Learning Plus (SDL+) courses are learning experiences designed by Georgetown University instructional designers to maximize flexibility for your weekly learning schedule, while also providing opportunities for real-time engagement and networking with our faculty and other professional learners.
There is a required Zoom class session each week. Professional learners who cannot attend the class session will have the opportunity to satisfy the course requirement by making arrangements with the instructor, watching the recorded video, or responding to discussion questions. In order to maintain flexibility, the dates/time of the weekly Zoom lesson will be confirmed at the start of the course and will depend upon the location of the professional learners in that cohort.
Each course module will have assignment and assessment deadlines to support students in progressing in a timely manner to the successful completion of the certificate
How to Register
Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.
You must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in order to enroll in our certificate programs.
This certificate is an open-enrollment program. No application is required. Click the "Register Now" button, select your courses, and then click "Add to Cart". Course registration is complete when your payment is processed. You will receive a confirmation email when your payment is received. Please retain the payment confirmation message for your records.
You can combine on-campus and online courses (if available) to complete your certificate. Depending on the certificate program, we may suggest taking courses in a specific order, but this is not a requirement.
Most students register for all courses at the same time and complete their certificate within a few months. However, you may choose to register for courses one by one over time. Once you begin a certificate, you have up to two years from the time you start your first course to complete all required courses.
International students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in certificate courses. However, Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for noncredit professional certificate programs.
A TOEFL examination is not required for non-native English speakers but students are expected to read, write, and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.
Students from most countries may register for our online certificate programs; however, due to international laws, residents of certain countries are prohibited from registering.
Tuition & Funding
Total program tuition for all 3.6 CEUs (6 modules) is $1,750. Most course materials are included.