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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

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Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Screenwriting (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5993
Total Credits Required
41-43
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Produce cinematic works using film and digital media tools and technologies according to industry standards.
  2. Apply principles of story, cinematography, and editing theory in the development of cinematic works.
  3. Apply principles of historical and current film genres, styles, and movements in the development of cinematic works.
  4. Apply knowledge of industry roles and techniques for development and production of cinematic works.
  5. Demonstrate collaboration and inclusivity to promote an ethical and diverse work environment.
  6. Demonstrate qualifications and experience as a screenwriter in a portfolio of work.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMT107 Career Pathways in the Media Critical course Gateway course HU 3
FMT100 Introduction to Production 3
FMT121 Story Theory for Film, Television and Media Critical course 3
ENH+++++ Any ENH English Humanities course(s) 3
HUM/THF205 Introduction to Cinema HU 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMT134 Pre-Production for Motion Picture and Television 3
FMT135 Production for Motion Picture and Television 3
FMT136 Post-Production for Motion Picture and Television 3
FMT123 or
FMT124 or
FMT224
Feature Screenwriting: First Draft or Television Screenwriting: Writers Room or FMT224 Students who elect the Feature Film Emphasis must take FMT123 in this term.
Students who elect the TV Writing Emphasis can take either FMT124 or FMT224 in this term.
3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW+++++ or
THE118
Any CRW Creative Writing course(s) or Playwriting 3
FMT223 or
FMT124 or
FMT224
Feature Screenwriting: The Rewrite or Television Screenwriting: Writers Room or FMT224 Students who elect the Feature Film Emphasis must take FMT223 in this term.
Students who elect the TV Writing Emphasis can take either FMT124 or FMT224 in this term.
3
FMT242AA
FMT+++++ Any FMT Film, Media and Theatre course 3–4
FMT+++++ Any FMT Film, Media and Theatre course 3–4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMT100 Introduction to Production 3
FMT121 Story Theory for Film, Television and Media Critical course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMT107 Career Pathways in the Media Critical course Gateway course HU 3
ENH+++++ Any ENH English Humanities course(s) 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMT134 Pre-Production for Motion Picture and Television 3
FMT135 Production for Motion Picture and Television 3
FMT136 Post-Production for Motion Picture and Television 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HUM/THF205 Introduction to Cinema HU 3
FMT123 or
FMT124 or
FMT224
Feature Screenwriting: First Draft or Television Screenwriting: Writers Room or FMT224 Students who elect the Feature Film Emphasis must take FMT123 in this term.
Students who elect the TV Writing Emphasis can take either FMT124 or FMT224 in this term.
3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW+++++ or
THE118
Any CRW Creative Writing course(s) or Playwriting 3
FMT223 or
FMT124 or
FMT224
Feature Screenwriting: The Rewrite or Television Screenwriting: Writers Room or FMT224 Students who elect the Feature Film Emphasis must take FMT223 in this term.
Students who elect the TV Writing Emphasis can take either FMT124 or FMT224 in this term.
3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMT242AA
FMT+++++ Any FMT Film, Media and Theatre course 3–4
FMT+++++ Any FMT Film, Media and Theatre course 3–4
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Screenwriting (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=149206).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.