The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Screenwriting program is designed for students who plan to enter the field of Motion Picture/Television Production as screenwriters. Students are provided opportunity for hands-on training in development and writing for Motion Picture/TV Production, with an emphasis on story theory and format for features, TV and other media. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Motion Picture/Television Production degree is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

ENG101/107 and ENG102/108 are needed only if students choose the ENG210 option in the Required Courses area.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
Permission of Program Director0-6
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ENG210Creative Writing (3) OR
THE118Playwriting (3)3
ENH110Introduction to Literature3
TCM100Digital Multimedia (3) OR
Permission of Program Director0-3
TCM107Career Pathways in the Media3
TCM121Story Theory for Film, Television and Media3
TCM134Pre-Production for Motion Picture and Television3
TCM135Production for Motion Picture and Television3
TCM136Post-Production for Motion Picture and Television3
TCM242AAProfessional Portfolio in Screenwriting (2) OR
TCM275Advanced Portfolio Production (4)2-4
THF/HUM205Introduction to Cinema3
Students must select one (1) of the following two (2) tracks:
Emphasis I: Feature Credits:6
TCM123Feature Screenwriting: First Draft3
TCM223Feature Screenwriting: The Rewrite3
Emphasis II: Television Credits:6
TCM124Television Screenwriting: Existing Programs3
TCM224Television Screenwriting: The TV Pilot3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Choose a total of six (6) credits except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.
TCM117Introduction to Cinematography3
TCM123Feature Screenwriting: First Draft3
TCM124Television Screenwriting: Existing Programs3
TCM223Feature Screenwriting: The Rewrite3
TCM224Television Screenwriting: The TV Pilot3
TCM230Motion Picture Directing4
TCM241AVID Media Composer Editing4
TCM260Film/Video Producing and Financing3
TCM275Advanced Portfolio Production4
TCM294++Any Special Topics in Motion Picture/Television Production course1-3
TCM296++Any Cooperative Education course1-4
THF209Acting for the Camera3
THF/HUM210Contemporary Cinema3
  • Demonstrate skills and techniques used in the production of marketable materials for contemporary publications. (ENG210)
  • Use theories and techniques of writing for the stage; creating characters, dialogue, and plot for monodramas, scenes, and plays. (THE118)
  • Interpret a poem, a short story, and a play through oral and/or written discourse using literary criticism as a basis. (ENH110)
  • Demonstrate use of computers and basic video cameras to manipulate and create multimedia products. (TCM100)
  • Explain the preparatory steps necessary for entry-level positions in the broadcasting/film industry. (TCM107)
  • Identify basic elements of story theory and structure as they pertain to feature films, TV programs (both one-hour dramas and sitcoms), video games, reality TV programs and industrial/commercial videos to write a script for different categories of media. (TCM121)
  • Identify and describe the basic elements of pre-production for motion picture and television. (TCM134)
  • Pre-produce one film and one video project. (TCM134)
  • Identify and describe the basic elements of production for motion picture and television. (TCM135)
  • Produce one film and one video shoot. (TCM135)
  • Identify and describe the elements of post-production for motion picture and television. (TCM136)
  • Complete the post-production and marketing plan for one film and one video project. (TCM136)
  • Use established screen story paradigms and format to create an original full-length feature or TV script. (TCM242AA)
  • Practice video and audio production skills and roles in a television or film production setting. (TCM275)
  • Review the history and development of the art of motion pictures including the aesthetic and technical elements. (THF/HUM205)
  • Create full-length feature screenplay from outline developed in class. (TCM123)
  • Generate two rewrites (drafts) of feature screenplay previously written using theme, three-act structure and Eight Sequence method tools. (TCM223)
  • Apply elements learned through authoring series and season format documents, episode beat sheets and outline, and full-length spec script for an existing one-hour TV drama or sitcom. (TCM124, TCM224)
  • Create an original series concept, write an original pilot script for the series(series format, episode beat sheet and outline), develop an individual writing voice and discuss the professional television writing landscape. (TCM224)
Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester: Screenwriting - Track I Screenwriting - Track II

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