Screenwriting and Playwriting

Major: Screenwriting and Playwriting
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 182.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0504
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-3043

About the Program

The Westphal College Screenwriting & Playwriting program guides students in their pursuit of a career writing for the stage or screen. The program emphasizes the principles of dramatic writing through a practical hands-on approach to instruction in small classes. Our graduates take away the skills, experience, and confidence to gain an edge in a rewarding and competitive field.

Students first acquire the essential skills of dramatic story telling, then apply those abilities to the creation of scripts that conform to professional standards. Drexel's pioneering co-op affords hands-on experience in the field, working alongside professional artists. Drexel marks the beginning of the life-long process of developing a writer's eye that sees the world from a different angle and allows writers to tell their own uniquely compelling stories.

The Screenwriting & Playwriting Program also offers a Minor in Screenwriting.

For more information about this major, visit the College's Screenwriting & Playwriting page, or contact the Program Director:

Matthew J. Kaufhold
Screenwriting and Playwriting Program
Department of Cinema & Television
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
215-895-2882
khaufhold@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

 


 

General education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and Humanities (excluding ENGL courses) - students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 8.0 credits8.0
Required Social Science-students elective a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Electives31.0
Visual Studies Requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
Screenwriting and Playwriting Requirements
Literature requirements
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Select one of the following:3.0
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
Literature (ENGL) electives6.0
Cinema studies/Theatre studies requirements
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
Theatre (THTR) choice elective (any advanced acting, directing or production course)3.0
Cinema studies (FMST Film Studies or TVST Television Studies) elective3.0
Methods requirements
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
FMVD 215Narrative Video Production3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
Writing requirements
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
SCRP 495Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I3.0
SCRP 496Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II3.0
SCRP 497Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Writing Choice: select one of the following courses:3.0
Introduction to Journalism
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Select one of the following two-course sequences:6.0
Playwriting Workshop I
and Playwriting Workshop II
Screenwriting Workshop I
and Screenwriting Workshop II
Total Credits182.0

CONCENTRATION OPTIONS

Concentration in Writing Comics & Graphic Novels

SCRP 260Writing Comics3.0
SCRP 263Comic Book Editing3.0
SCRP 266Graphic Novel Art and Industry3.0
SCRP 384Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop I3.0
SCRP 385Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop II3.0

 Concentration in Narrative Game Writing

GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
SCRP 290Game: Universe & Story3.0
SCRP 295 Future of Narrative Games3.0
SCRP 377Game Writing Workshop I3.0
SCRP 378Game Writing Workshop II3.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.


 Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Natural science elective 4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
ENGL 203 [WI]
or 204
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
ENGL 200 [WI] , 201,
or 202 [WI]
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
3.0
Natural Science elective4.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
Film Studies/Television Studies elective*3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
Arts and Humanities elective (excluding ENGL courses) 3.0
SCRP 380
or 382
Screenwriting Workshop I
Playwriting Workshop I
3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
SCRP 381
or 383
Screenwriting Workshop II
Playwriting Workshop II
3.0
Writing choice 3.0
Arts and Humanities elective (excluding ENGL courses) 3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective 3.0
Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
FMVD 215Narrative Video Production3.0
SCRP 495Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Free elective 3.0
Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SCRP 496Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II3.0
Free elective3.0
Theatre elective*3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
SCRP 497Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III3.0
Free electives 13.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 182.0
*

 See degree requirements.

Writing Comics and Graphic Novels Concentration

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ENGL 203 [WI]
or 204
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
SCRP 260Writing Comics3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
ENGL 200 [WI] , 201,
or 202 [WI]
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
SCRP 263Comic Book Editing3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
FMST or TVST elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
SCRP 384Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop I3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
SCRP 385Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop II3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Writing choice3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
FMVD 215Narrative Video Production3.0
SCRP 266Graphic Novel Art and Industry3.0
SCRP 495Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SCRP 496Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II3.0
Free elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
THTR elective3.0
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
SCRP 497Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III3.0
Free electives13.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 182.0

 Writing Narrative Games Concentration

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ENGL 203 [WI]
or 204
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
English Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
SCRP 290Game: Universe & Story3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
ENGL 200 [WI] , 201,
or 202 [WI]
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
SCRP 295 Future of Narrative Games3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
FMST or TVST elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
SCRP 377Game Writing Workshop I3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
Arts & Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
SCRP 378Game Writing Workshop II3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
English Elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Writing elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
SCRP 495Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I3.0
FMVD 215Narrative Video Production3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SCRP 496Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II3.0
Free elective3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
THTR elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
SCRP 497Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III3.0
Free electives13.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 182.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Dramatic writing is writing for production — work intended for performance on the stage or screen. These days, “screen” can mean movie, TV, or computer, and the work can be anything from full stage plays to 15-second commercials to video game scripts. As the entertainment industry changes, so do the outlets for our students and graduates.

Co-op Experiences

By working for film and television production companies, theater organizations, entertainment management companies, magazines, advertising and public relations firms, and other professional writers, Screenwriting & Playwriting students gain valuable insights into how the entertainment industry works. In an industry where the process of building a career often begins with a few key contacts, the co-op program gives Drexel students the chance to begin shaping their own professional networks.

Screenwriting and Playwriting students secured Co-op or post-graduation positions with: 

  • IM Global
  • Disney Video Animation
  • Marvel Comics
  • Lionsgate Films 
  • Skyless Games
  • Arden Theater Company
  • Campbell's Soup
  • Marvel Studios
  • SyFy Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • Dynamite Entertainment
  • prominent Hollywood talent managers
  • The Playwright's Center
  • Valiant Entertainment
  • Sciencefiction.com
  • Major League Baseball Productions
  • Panels.net
  • Voice of America
  • Fantagraphics
  • the production office of "Star Trek: Enterprise"

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Screenwriting and Playwriting Faculty

Ian N. Abrams, BA (Duke University). Associate Professor. Screenwriting, movies, film, Hollywood.
Bruce Graham, BA (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Playwright.
Matthew Kaufhold, MA (University of North Carolina) Program Director, Screenwriting and Playwriting. Associate Teaching Professor. Screenwriter, Producer.
Thomas Quinn, MFA (Temple University) Program Director, Film & Video. Assistant Professor. Writer, Director, filmmaker.
Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Producing for Television, The Sitcom, Directing Single and Multi-Camera
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