Screenwriting & Playwriting

Courses

SCRP 220 Playwriting I 3.0 Credits

Introduces the basic tenets of playwriting and applies their use towards the writing of a 10-minute play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCRP 225 Playwriting II 3.0 Credits

Builds on the writing tenets learned in Playwriting I. Requires students to write a one-act play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 220 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 241 Writing TV Comedy 3.0 Credits

Teaches the essentials of situation comedy writing for TV. Students will be expected to conceive and write their own thirty-minute pilot script plus a ‘bible’ for their show.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 242 Writing TV Drama 3.0 Credits

Teaches the essentials of writing the one-hour television drama. Students will be expected to conceive and write their own thirty-minute pilot script plus a ‘bible’ for their show.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 250 Creating Stand-up Comedy 3.0 Credits

Deals with the conception, writing and performance of a stand-up comedy routine. Includes exploration of creating a comic persona, structuring an act, construction of jokes, and aspects relating to perfromance. "Final exam" will be given before a live audience at a public venue.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCRP 260 Writing Comics 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the history, theory, language and disciplines of writing the American comic book and graphic novel. Students will learn about comic script-writing formats, the collaborative relationship between writer and artist, and techniques to strengthen both their writing and critiquing abilities.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 263 Comic Book Editing 3.0 Credits

Students will write original work and serve as editors for other students on their creative project -- all while learning the histories of the creative disciplines that facilitate the creation of a modern comic book.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 260 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 266 Graphic Novel Art and Industry 3.0 Credits

This course serves as an comprehensive look at the medium of graphic novels: their history, how they're made, their diversity, how they are designed, sold and marketed. The course will mix reading and analysis of select titles, lecture and discussions with industry experts, including an artist, author, agent, editor, publisher, retailer, and designer.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 260 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I 3.0 Credits

Workshop course that covers the fundamentals of writing scripts for film and television. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HUM 106 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 101 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II 3.0 Credits

Workshop course that builds on the fundamentals of screenwriting learned in Screenwriting I. Each student develops and completes a short dramatic screenplay. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on creating scripts for films under thirty minutes in length. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 290 Game: Universe & Story 3.0 Credits

A non-technical course which examines the differences between film & TV works vs. games and interactive fiction forms, and the creative changes inherent in translating one to the other. Emphasis given to the creation of a vibrant, seductive, logically consistent game world. Course culminates in the design of a game based on an existing work of fiction.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 295 Future of Narrative Games 3.0 Credits

Encourages students to use their knowledge of the current state of the art in gaming, and their technical and writing interests and expertise, to imagine games that go beyond those currently available. Of particular interest are ways to create branching narratives that deliver the story satisfaction and character development expected from traditional media.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 310 Literature for Screenwriters 3.0 Credits

This course provides exposure to literary traditions from the classics to pop culture, analyzing how the selected books have affected the film industry, both in terms of direct adaptations and by influencing generations of filmmakers and screenwriters.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D] or FMVD 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 350 TV Comedy Practicum 3.0 Credits

Students will write episodes of an ongoing TV comedy series produced at Drexel. Following the network primetime model and working in collaboration, students will work under budget, production and deadline constraints similar to those in the real world.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: SCRP 241 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 353 TV Drama Practicum 3.0 Credits

Students will write episodes of an ongoing TV drama series to be produced at Drexel. Following the network primetime model and working in collaboration, students will work under budget, production and deadline constraints similar to those in the real world.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: SCRP 242 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 370 Screenplay Story Development 3.0 Credits

This course provides a thorough understanding of methods used to develop story ideas from initial concept to complete screen story, including pitching, structuring, and creating treatments. Students pitch and develop several stories which can then be used to create full-length scripts in advanced workshops.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 377 Game Writing Workshop I 3.0 Credits

This course embeds Screenwriting students on a team developing a computer game from concept to design document and through production. Screenwriting majors will be expected to contribute heavily to the narrative, character and other non-technical aspects of game creation.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 290 [Min Grade: C] and SCRP 295 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 378 Game Writing Workshop II 3.0 Credits

This course embeds Screenwriting students on a team developing a computer game from concept to design document and through production. Screenwriting majors will be expected to contribute heavily to the narrative, character and other non-technical aspects of game creation.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 377 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 380 Screenwriting Workshop I 3.0 Credits

The first of a two-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, telefilm, or television pilot.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 275 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 381 Screenwriting Workshop II 3.0 Credits

The second of a two-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, telefilm, or television pilot.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 380 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 382 Playwriting Workshop I 3.0 Credits

The first of a two-course sequence in which students write a 90-minute, two-act play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 225 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 383 Playwriting Workshop II 3.0 Credits

The second of a two-course sequence in which students write a 90-minute, two-act play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: SCRP 382 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 384 Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop I 3.0 Credits

This two-term workshop will lead you through the process of developing and writing at least one draft of the script for either several issues of an original comic or a complete graphic novel. The finished script will be expected to conform to professional standards in everything from length to plot structure to formatting. You will be expected to utilize skills taught in the prerequisite course, SCRP 260 (Comic Book Writing), as well as narrative skills learned in SCRP 270 (Screenwriting I), including, but not limited to, thinking visually, establishing characters through behavior, writing effective dialogue, the basics of story structure, and related topics.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 266 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 385 Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop II 3.0 Credits

This two-term workshop will lead you through the process of developing and writing at least one draft of the script for either several issues of an original comic or a complete graphic novel. The finished script will be expected to conform to professional standards in everything from length to plot structure to formatting. You will be expected to utilize skills taught in the prerequisite course, SCRP 260 (Comic Book Writing), as well as narrative skills learned in SCRP 270 (Screenwriting I), including, but not limited to, thinking visually, establishing characters through behavior, writing effective dialogue, the basics of story structure, and related topics.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 384 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 399 Independent Study in SCRP 0.5-12.0 Credits

Independent study on a topic selected by the student. Independent study is supervised by a faculty member and guided by a plan of study. Department permission required.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP 465 Special Topics in SCRP 3.0 Credits

Examines a particular genre in dramatic writing (comedy, the thriller, etc.) or issues of particular interest to students interested in writing for the stage or screen (e.g., Literature for Screenwriters). The course, but not the same topics, may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SCRP 495 Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I 3.0 Credits

The first of a three-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, telefilm, full-length stage play, television pilot, at least two spec episodes of an existing one-hour TV drama or four of an existing TV comedy.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 381 [Min Grade: D] or SCRP 383 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 496 Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II 3.0 Credits

The second of a three-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, telefilm, television pilot, at least two spec episodes of an existing one-hour TV drama or four of an existing TV comedy.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 495 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 497 Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III 3.0 Credits

The thid of a three-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, tlelfilm, full-length stage play, television pilot, at least two spec episodes of an existing one-hour TV drama or four of an existing TV comedy.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 496 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP I199 Independent Study in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP I299 Independent Study in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP I399 Independent Study in Screenwriting & Playwriting 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP I499 Independent Study in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP T180 Special Topics in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP T280 Special Topics in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP T380 Special Topics in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP T480 Special Topics in Screenwriting & Playwriting 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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