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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Screenwriting Specialization

Students who elect to pursue the screenwriting specialization will learn the key elements of creating scripts for film, serial media (TV, Webisodes, Mobisodes) and video games. Starting with the fundamentals, students will focus on story structure, plot, scene development, characterization and dialogue. As students advance through the required and elective courses, they will begin to hone their voice through a series of writing assignments designed to guide students toward mastering the basics of narrative storytelling in an environment designed to simulate the world of the professional screenwriter.

To complete the learning experience and help students  prepare for the job market, all students pursuing the screenwriting specialization are expected to compile a portfolio. COM 327 Scriptwriter in Development and Production and FVS 489 Senior Colloquium are designed to facilitate this goal.

Those students wishing to continue on to graduate film school may also want to complete an independent scriptwriting project. FVS 492 Practicum and FVS 496 Individual Study are designed to fill this role.

Film and Video Studies Core Requirements

Total Core Credits: 25

Required Courses

Select one of the following: Credits: 4

Elective Courses in Screenwriting: Credits: 16

Course credits taken above not used to satisfy a requirement may be used as elective credits. Students may repeat the following variable topic courses with different topics: ENG 461, ENG 462, and ENG 463.

Total Credits: 75