I’ll answer both questions here :)
In undergrad I majored in creative writing, and it was not at USC.
My advice? Write the best damn thing you possibly can. I know, I know, that seems like an obvious, but the biggest thing they look for is your ability to write.
If you’re going in for a film program that isn’t solely screenwriting, then branch out. Produce a play at your undergrad. Make a short film with anything you got, then make another. Be a PA during the summer. Ask all film and theater professors if you can help them in some way with any film or theater events.
- :ONE last thing. did you take any classes that were not screenwriting when you got your mfa?
Well, my degree had us take critical studies, acting, and a production class. We also had the option to take many more classes, including video games, history, music, psychology, and photography as electives.