Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in The West - 2017 Ranking

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In 2017, we reviewed 17 schools offering screenwriting majors in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Theatre-Schools.com team ranks University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), University of California San Diego (La Jolla, CA), and Chapman University (Orange, CA) the top three screenwriting and playwriting schools in the West.

See the best 15 screenwriting and playwriting colleges in the West below or narrow your search by program, state, or city in the West. You might also want to view our ranking of the top literature schools in the West.


Top 15 screenwriting & playwriting schools in the West:

University of Southern California - Theatre School Ranking
1. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, 3 screenwriting & playwriting programs

University of California San Diego - Theatre School Ranking
2. University of California San Diego

La Jolla, CA, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

Chapman University - Theatre School Ranking
3. Chapman University

Orange, CA, 2 screenwriting & playwriting programs

California State University Northridge - Theatre School Ranking
4. California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

California State University Fullerton - Theatre School Ranking
5. California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

Pepperdine University - Theatre School Ranking
6. Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

University of Washington Seattle - Theatre School Ranking
7. University of Washington Seattle

Seattle, WA, 4 screenwriting & playwriting programs

California Institute of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
8. California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

Loyola Marymount University - Theatre School Ranking
9. Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, 3 screenwriting & playwriting programs

University of New Mexico - Theatre School Ranking
10. University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

Brigham Young University Provo - Theatre School Ranking
11. Brigham Young University Provo

Provo, UT, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

Academy of Art University - Theatre School Ranking
12. Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA, 2 screenwriting & playwriting programs

Central Washington University - Theatre School Ranking
13. Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

National University - Theatre School Ranking
14. National University

La Jolla, CA, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

Pacific Union College - Theatre School Ranking
15. Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA, 1 screenwriting & playwriting program

Screenwriting schools in the West by state:

Schools by State1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Arizona11 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in CaliforniaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in ColoradoNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in IdahoNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in MontanaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Nevada1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in New MexicoNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Oregon1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Utah2 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Washington1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Wyoming

Screenwriting & playwriting schools in other regions:

Northeast: 19 schools
Midwest: 12 schools
South: 12 schools

Popular theatre school cities in the West:

in Arizona:
Flagstaff: 2 schools
Phoenix: 5 schools
Scottsdale: 1 school
Tempe: 2 schools
Tucson: 2 schools
in California:
Arcata: 1 school
Azusa: 1 school
Berkeley: 2 schools
Blue Lake: 1 school
Burbank: 1 school
Camarillo: 1 school
Costa Mesa: 2 schools
Cypress: 1 school
Davis: 1 school
El Cajon: 1 school
Fresno: 3 schools
Fullerton: 2 schools
Glendora: 1 school
Hollywood: 1 school
Huntington Beach: 1 school
Irvine: 3 schools
La Jolla: 2 schools
Long Beach: 2 schools
Los Angeles: 12 schools
Malibu: 1 school
Mission Viejo: 1 school
Modesto: 1 school
Moorpark: 1 school
Northridge: 1 school
Orange: 1 school
Riverside: 3 schools
Rocklin: 2 schools
Rohnert Park: 1 school
Sacramento: 4 schools
San Diego: 7 schools
San Francisco: 5 schools
San Jose: 1 school
San Luis Obispo: 2 schools
San Marcos: 2 schools
Santa Barbara: 3 schools
Santa Clara: 2 schools
Santa Cruz: 1 school
Santa Maria: 1 school
Santa Monica: 1 school
Santa Rosa: 1 school
Valencia: 1 school
Victorville: 1 school
Woodland Hills: 1 school
in Colorado:
Boulder: 2 schools
Colorado Springs: 3 schools
Denver: 3 schools
Greeley: 1 school
Lakewood: 2 schools
in Hawaii:
Honolulu: 1 school
in Idaho:
Moscow: 1 school
in Montana:
Missoula: 1 school
in Nevada:
Las Vegas: 2 schools
in New Mexico:
Albuquerque: 2 schools
Las Cruces: 2 schools
Santa Fe: 3 schools
in Oregon:
Ashland: 1 school
Corvallis: 1 school
Eugene: 1 school
Portland: 6 schools
in Utah:
Cedar City: 1 school
Logan: 1 school
Ogden: 1 school
Orem: 1 school
Provo: 1 school
Salt Lake City: 4 schools
in Washington:
Bellingham: 1 school
Ellensburg: 1 school
Seattle: 4 schools
Tacoma: 2 schools
in Wyoming:
Laramie: 1 school
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