Creative Writing: Italian Storytelling, From Literature to Cinema to Other Forms of Fiction, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 1 month
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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This "Creative Italian Storytelling: From Literature to Cinema to Other Forms of Fiction" course at Universit Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) includes a creative experience through literature and cinema: the writers lab. Each student will be given tools to write a short story and develop it into a short film screenplay.


Course description

Adaptations have long been a mainstay of Hollywood, Cinecittà and the television networks. Many of the most successful international films are indeed adaptations of novels, plays or truelife stories.

We will analyze some of the most important adaptations of Italian Literature for the seventh art.

We will try to discover masterpieces of Italian Cinema, understanding the changes from the source material to the new text and identifying the resistance of literature.

This "Creative Italian Storytelling: From Literature to Cinema to Other Forms of Fiction" course at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) provides the student with a new knowledge of Italian humanities, from literature to cinema to biography. It is a great opportunity to discover the Italian culture through the arts of time: literature and screenwriting. And also a great opportunity to learn creative techniques in writing.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn narrative techniques and how Literature and Biography can be manipulated to create an original piece of art: the screenplay. Students will discover great examples of Italian novels and films and, through them, theyll acquire a deeper knowledge of the Italian Culture

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 1 months
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Introduction to narrative techniques: clear vision.
  • Why we need stories and the beginning of the writing process: concept and premise.
  • Guidelines to short film: The dramatic moment.
  • The importance of having a theme: what is a theme and how to find it in a book.
  • The structure of a story: the Heros journey as a pattern for epic tales and fairy tales. The example of Pinocchio. Exercise on fairytales/epic tales
For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

English Language Requirements

Good level of English. Non native English speakers must give evidence of their language proficiency of a minimum B2 level or equivalent (ex: TOEFL Ibt 79, IELTS 6, First Certificate of English, Cambridge ESOL or other certification).

Documents you will need to upload while filling in the online application:

  • a passport size picture
  • the scanned version of your passport or other ID documents
  • the transcript of records
  • certificates assessing the knowledge of the English Language

Programs requirements

  • Grade Point Average of a minimum 2.75, or equivalent in applicants own university grading system
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 1500 International
  • EUR 1500 EU/EEA
  • One session: 1500
  • Two sessions: 2850
  • Three sessions: 4200
  • Four sessions: 5500
  • Five sessions: 6,500
  • Application fee: 75


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