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  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Film BA, Screenwriting Specialization


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Students who elect to pursue the screenwriting specialization will learn the key elements of creating scripts for film and serial media (TV, webisodes, mobisodes). Starting with the fundamentals, students will focus on story structure, scene development, characterization and dialogue. As students advance through the program, they will begin to hone their voices through a series of writing assignments designed to guide them toward mastering the basics of narrative storytelling.

To complete the learning experience, all students pursuing the screenwriting specialization are expected to compile a portfolio.

Graduation Requirements
Students must maintain a 2.4 GPA or higher with a minimum grade of C- in all courses counted toward fulfilling the film major or minor requirements.

Film Core Requirements


Program Information
The Film Program is an innovative, interdisciplinary, undergraduate program leading to a BA in film. Students complete a sequence of core courses and choose a specialization in cinema studies, production or screenwriting. Minors are available in cinema studies and screenwriting.

Majors, Specializations and Minors
The Film Program provides students the opportunity to pursue a course of study in either the critical study of film, the production and technical aspects of the moving image or writing for the screen. The Film Program employs a scholarly, creative, and professional approach to the study of film and seeks to help each student discover his or her talent as an independent critic, artist, and communicator. The program provides an education in the history and theory of film and basic learning experiences in production and screenwriting within the context of a liberal arts education.

The Film Program requires a sequence of core courses. After completing the core, students will be required to choose one of three specializations focusing on either cinema studies (which examines the history, theory, criticism and aesthetics of film), production (which exposes students to the fundamentals of production processes in film), or screenwriting (which allows students to develop mastery in a variety of narrative screenplay and teleplay writing disciplines). Minors are also offered in cinema studies and screenwriting.

Admission Requirements
A film specialization or minor can be selected by students using the normal major or minor declaration process and with assistance from a faculty advisor. Any student who has a minimum CWU grade point average of 2.4 or higher may be admitted to this program. Admission is dependent upon the number of slots available.

Graduation Requirements
Students must maintain a 2.4 CWU GPA or higher with a minimum grade of C- in all courses counted toward fulfilling the film major or minor requirements.

Bachelor of Arts
(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single world language.)

Total Core Credits: 38


Total Credits: 75


College and Department Information


Film Program  
College of Arts and Humanities  

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