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Screenwriting

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Screenwriting is designed for students who plan to enter the field of Motion Picture/Television Production as screenwriters. Students receive 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, and New Media Production degree is also available.

Details

Academic Plan Code: 
5993
Award: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
41-43
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:29
FMT100Introduction to Production3
FMT107Career Pathways in the Media3
FMT121Story Theory for Film, Television and Media3
FMT134Pre-Production for Motion Picture and Television3
FMT135Production for Motion Picture and Television3
FMT136Post-Production for Motion Picture and Television3
FMT242AAProfessional Portfolio in Screenwriting2
HUM/THF205Introduction to Cinema3
 
CRW+++++Any CRW Creative Writing course(s) for a total of three (3) credits OR
THE118Playwriting (3)3
 
ENH+++++Any ENH English Humanities course(s) for a total of three (3) credits3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12-14
Students must select one (1) of the following two (2) emphasis areas:
 
Emphasis I: Feature
FMT123Feature Screenwriting: First Draft3
FMT223Feature Screenwriting: The Rewrite3
 
Emphasis II: Television
FMT124Television Screenwriting: Writers Room3
FMT224Television Screenwriting: Original TV Pilot3
 
In addition to the emphasis area selected, complete two additional three (3) or four (4) credit FMT Film, Media and Theatre courses for a total of six to eight (6-8) credit hours.
Competencies
  • Produce cinematic works using film and digital media tools and technologies according to industry standards. (FMT100, FMT134, FMT135, FMT136, FMT242AA, FMT+++++)
  • Apply principles of story, cinematography, and editing theory in the development of cinematic works. (FMT121, FMT134, FMT135, FMT136, FMT242AA, FMT123, FMT124, FMT223, FMT224, FMT+++++)
  • Apply principles of historical and current film genres, styles, and movements in the development of cinematic works. (FMT121, FMT134, FMT135, FMT136, FMT242AA, HUM/THF205, FMT123, FMT124, FMT223, FMT224, FMT+++++)
  • Apply knowledge of industry roles and techniques for development and production of cinematic works. (CRW+++++, ENH+++++, FMT107, FMT121, FMT134, FMT135, FMT136, FMT242AA, HUM/THF205, FMT123, FMT124, FMT223, FMT224, THE118, FMT+++++)
  • Demonstrate collaboration and inclusivity to promote an ethical and diverse work environment. (CRW+++++, ENH+++++, FMT107, FMT121, FMT134, FMT135, FMT136, FMT242AA, HUM/THF205, FMT123, FMT124, FMT223, FMT224, THE118, FMT+++++)
  • Demonstrate qualifications and experience as a screenwriter in a portfolio of work. (FMT107, FMT242AA, FMT124, FMT223, FMT224, FMT+++++)

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