Minor in Screenwriting

About the Minor

The minor in Screenwriting is intended to guide students from the acquisition of foundational screenwriting skills through the completion of a full-length script for film or television. Fifteen of the credits are directly craft-oriented, teaching students what they need to know to translate their ideas into a format suitable for production; the other 9.0 credits are dedicated to background knowledge intended to inform creative thinking and develop a student's individual voice.

Film and Video majors should note that they will be taking half of the courses in the Screenwriting minor as part of their degree requirements, making this minor a relatively simple addition to their education.

Additional Information

For more information about this minor, contact the program director:

Matthew J. Kaufhold
Screenwriting and Playwriting Program
Department of Cinema & Television
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Program Requirements

Required courses
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
SCRP 380Screenwriting Workshop I3.0
SCRP 381Screenwriting Workshop II3.0
Total Credits24.0

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.

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