May 17, 2021  
2019-2020 University Catalogue 
2019-2020 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Writing for Film + Television, BFA

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Susan Skoog, Program Director



Writing for Film and Television is an undergraduate program that teaches future screenwriters, television and web-series writers, story-development executives, and producers the art of writing narrative scripts for the big, small, and smaller screens. Students write feature-length screenplays, television pilots, teleplays of various lengths; gain a sophisticated knowledge of story development; work in their industry through an internship experience; and create, write, and produce episodic drama series for the Web. The core of this experience is writing and revising in a workshop environment with close guidance and support from industry-experienced faculty.

Program Objectives

  • To solve story problems creatively and through experimentation;
  • To generate or find story ideas to develop for movies, television, or web series;
  • To apply the techniques of dramatic structure to a variety of works, both one’s own and those of other writers;
  • To develop a more sophisticated and evocative use of language;
  • To revise written work in light of knowledge learned about dramatic structure and skills honed as a writer;
  • To develop competency in written and oral critical analysis of scripted work;
  • To demonstrate professional scriptwriting practices;
  • To understand the collaborative nature of film and television development, and production practices;
  • To refine public speaking and verbal story pitching skills;
  • To recognize historical and cultural influences on film, television, and web writing and production.

Program Requirements (120 credits)

Critical Studies (33 credits)

Composition (6-9 credits)

Students are placed into one of the following composition sequences after the completion of a writing placement exam. Students who do not complete the exam may be placed based on standardized tests scores (if available) or high school GPA.

Critical Approaches to the Arts and Culture (9 credits)

  • Select 3 courses from subject CRIT

Thinking Through Science (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject ANTH, PSYC, SOCI or SCIE

Critical Studies Electives (12-15 credits)

Students who complete the developmental composition sequence complete 12.0 credits of CS electives; all other students complete 15.0 credits.

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)  
  • Select courses from  : Art History or Critical Studies Elective.

General Electives (15 credits)

  • Complete 15 credits. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.

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