Screenwriting & Narrative Design Program (Postgraduate) (P400)

Program Description

Program Overview

The three-semester Screenwriting & Narrative Design graduate certificate program provides students with the knowledge, writing experience and hands-on skills necessary to become screenwriters for the ever-evolving media field, as well as narrative designers for game and interactive storytelling worlds.

Full Description

The Screenwriting & Narrative Design program will educate you on the challenge of writing a well-structured story within linear and nonlinear contexts. The elements of character, dialogue, scene, setting, texture, style and tone are rigorously explored. You will master the subtle variances of language employed through structured and open-world storytelling as you create memorable stories and scripts for film, TV, games and interactive media. Opportunities will be provided to work with fellow students (directors, actors and designers) on student-led projects as well as potential research projects.

Program Requirements

The Screenwriting & Narrative Design program requires students to have access to:

  • a laptop capable of running Final Draft and MS Office
  • a Netflix subscription
  • a stable/high-bandwidth Internet connection

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Creative writers for entertainment are able to move across multiple platforms, including film, television, interactive storytelling, gaming and animation. Potential job titles include:

  • script writer
  • assistant producer
  • advising writer
  • creative writer
  • content writer
  • interactive media writer
  • staff writer
  • editor
  • story editor
  • showrunner
  • narrative designer
  • creative designer
  • script consultant
  • story consultant
  • freelance writer


Professional storytelling/writing/content development is a highly competitive yet exceptionally rewarding field. Though concentrated around major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York, the globalization of the industry has meant that writers for media can work on projects all over the world.

As the television and film industries shift in response to changing trends such as online access to traditionally aired content, the industry supplements its series and films with online and interactive content. As the Internet becomes a major gateway for consumers to access traditional media, the industry is becoming increasingly entrepreneurial with the advent of webisodes and web series. These new avenues have opened up a new area of development for the screenwriting field.

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

Latest Alumni Stories

Mitchell LeBlanc, one of our Screenwriting and Narrative Design students, won the 2017 Reddit Screenwriting Contest. He also successfully placed top 10% in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, a prestigious international screenwriting competition.

Since graduating, Mitchell LeBlanc has established himself as a rising talent in Toronto's film industry, specializing in horror, sci-fi, and The Weird. His feature project "The Eviction" was selected for the 2024 Tribeca Creators Market. Mitchell participated in the inaugural 2024 Rising Voices Canada program and is an alumnus of the CFC Norman Jewison Film Program and Warner Brothers Discovery x Canadian Academy Writers Program. Now a professor at George Brown College, Mitchell is developing multiple feature films and series. His work often explores the surreal horrors beneath everyday life, pushing characters to the limits of their psyche to survive against impossible odds.

Mitchell LeBlanc
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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