CREATIVE WRITING & SCREENWRITING PROGRAM

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

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OVERVIEW

Stories impact us in profound ways. Good stories can inspire and touch our souls; they bring freshness, life, understanding and clarity to our experience. They can draw us closer to God and to Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. They are at the core of the entertainment which shapes our culture and society. Under the guidance of experienced writers, you will study the discipline and craft of powerfully telling your stories for multiple mediums, whether that be a screenplay, novel, or short story

St. John Paul the Great, a writer and artist himself, wrote extensively to encourage artists to develop their “divine spark” in order to create works whose excellence communicates truth and beauty. Such a task, he believed, was essential for the common good. “Society needs artists,” he wrote, “they not only enrich the cultural heritage of each nation and of all humanity, but they also render an exceptional social service in favor of the common good"

WRITING CURRICULUM

HUMANITIES CORE

SCREENWRITING

CREATIVE WRITING

CORE CURRICULUM

THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY

Grow in faith and understanding, with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy.

BUSINESS

Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.

Liberal Arts

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more

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what makes us different?

Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who have worked at Pixar, Warner Bros., Disney, and Hanna-Barbera Studio

Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

Located in San Diego County

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.

Quarter in LA

Fall to Junior year, media students can have the opportunity to spend the quarter in Burbank, living at student housing located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 10 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

Meet the
Faculty

  • Screenwriter with 20 years of experience
  • Worked as Manager of Script Processing at Warner Bros
  • Author of The Hollywood Standard, the authoritative guide on screenplay formatting
  • Wrote After the Truth, an award-winning
    courtroom thriller German film
  • Other credits include 25 To Life, a dramatic thriller for Junction Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures; The Other White House, a political thriller for Sean Connery's Fountainbridge Films and Intermedia; and a screen adaptation of the book Actual Innocence for Mandalay Television Pictures and the Fox television network

CHRIS RILEY

Professor of Screenwriting

  • A published poet, theologian, and musician
  • Holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the renowned program at University of Iowa, in addition to a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Currently concluding work on two books entitled The Lion’s Mouth, a lyrical memoir, and Holy Saturday, a large-scale poetic work based on the Triduum and the Stations of the Cross
  • His diverse experience includes being an impassioned educator and mentor, a committed literary artist, a performing musician, and a youth minister and high school teacher

JULIE ANNE STEVENS

STEVE KRAMP

Professor of Creative Writing

Professor of Animation & Chair of Animation and Gaming

  • A Director of both the MBA in Film Producing program and the graduate LaunchPad
  • A filmmaker, businessman and a veteran of the international film festival scene. His wide-ranging career has included writing, directing & producing the western/thriller 'The Sorrow', as well as serving as an executive producer on 'The Kid: Chamaco'
  • Currently works for the motion picture production/distribution company Rogue Arts as a film and television producer and a distribution executive.
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  • Has directed/produced over forty stage productions ranging from classical Shakespeare to contemporary dramatic and musical theatre productions
  • A writer, a produced playwright, and a published poet
  • Her theatre credits include roles performed at the Old Globe Theatre; San Diego Repertory Theatre; Coronado Playhouse; La Jolla Stage Company; and the McCallum Theatre

VERNON MORTENSEN

ANGIE BITSKO

Professor of Film Producing and Distribution

Professor of Humanities and Acting

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