What will I learn?

Students specializing in Playwriting enjoy small classes and individual instruction in a number of areas including one-act plays, full-length plays, and screenwriting. Our instructors are all experienced playwrights and screenwriters. Students learn how to construct a play from the initial idea to the final draft, and work collaboratively with their classmates to develop an exciting story complete with all the required elements. Workshopping opportunities are available for senior students. As a result of our close relationship with the university's English Department, students can augment their drama courses with creative writing courses taught by top-notch English professors.

In addition to Playwriting I, Playwriting II: General, and Playwriting II: Honours, we teach an Intro and an Advanced course in Screenwriting and another called Script and Screen, which examines existing screenplays to determine what works and what doesn't. As well, our senior students have an opportunity to work on specialized projects on a one-to-one basis with a Professor who is an experienced playwright.

A number of award-winning playwrights have come through this program including Brian Drader (Artistic Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights and long-time coordinator of playwriting at the National Theatre School) and Vern Thiessen (Artistic Director of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Governor General’s award Winner).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$15,240.00 (US$ 12,318) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2022, 1 June 2022

Start date

6 January 2022, 2 May 2022, 6 September 2022

Venue

Faculty of Arts

The University of Winnipeg,

515 Portage Avenue,

WINNIPEG,

Manitoba (MB),

R3B 2E9, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You are a current high school student studying at a school in another Canadian province, and expect to graduate from grade 12 (or equivalent). Test of English as a Foreign Language: Requirement/Score: Internet-based - Achieve a minimum score of 86 with no less than 20 in each component; International English Language Testing System: Requirement/Score: IELTS Academic - Minimum overall band score of 6.5; Cambridge Assessment English: C1 Advanced: Requirement/Score: Minimum score 180; Cambridge Assessment English: C2 Proficiency: Requirement/Score: Minimum score 180; CanTest: Requirement/Score: An average score of 4.5 in Listening and Reading; and a score of 4.0 in Writing, A score of 3.5 in Writing may be considered, depending on the program of study, and provided the student is registered in Academic Writing Extended (ESL); CAEL and CAEL-CE - Minimum score of 60; CAEL online - Minimum score of 70; Pearson Test of English (Academic): Requirement/Score: Minimum of score of 58

For international students

You are a current high school student studying at a school in another Canadian province, and expect to graduate from grade 12 (or equivalent).

Test of English as a Foreign Language: Requirement/Score: Internet-based - Achieve a minimum score of 86 with no less than 20 in each component.

International English Language Testing System: Requirement/Score: IELTS Academic - Minimum overall band score of 6.5

Cambridge Assessment English: C1 Advanced: Requirement/Score: Minimum score 180

Cambridge Assessment English: C2 Proficiency: Requirement/Score: Minimum score 180

CanTest: Requirement/Score: An average score of 4.5 in Listening and Reading; and a score of 4.0 in Writing*
*A score of 3.5 in Writing may be considered, depending on the program of study, and provided the student is registered in Academic Writing Extended (ESL).

CAEL and CAEL-CE - Minimum score of 60; CAEL online - Minimum score of 70

Pearson Test of English (Academic): Requirement/Score: Minimum of score of 58

Deadlines are:

Fall (September): June 1
Winter (January): October 1
Spring (May): March 1

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