Concentration in Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television

Concentration in Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television

The Concentration in Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television includes instruction in the history and analysis of classical and contemporary screenwriting texts and the resulting films. The program further includes instruction in writing the visual narrative, three- and four-act structure, character development, thematic development, conflict, genre, story arc, and dialogue for both the feature-length screenplay and television writing. Students also learn to apply strategies and techniques for the effective teaching of creative writing. 

The MFA Concentration in Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television requires the following 60 credits: 

CRWR 600Summer Orientation1
CRWR 661Film History and Analysis; the Visual Narrative2
CRWR 662Story, Conflict, Character, and Genre in Screenwriting2
CRWR 663Screenwriting, Competition, Representation, the Option2
CRWR 665Screenwriting Genre6
CRWR 668Television Drama and Sit Comedy6
CRWR 671Writing the First Feature-Length Screenplay6
CRWR 675Writing the TV Pilot6
CRWR 678Adaptation6
CRWR 690Screenwriting Master's Capstone I6
CRWR 691Screenwriting Master's Capstone II6
Select one of the following out-of-concentration courses during the second Fall term:6
Genre Studies I-Romance and Mystery
Genre Fiction Writing and Reading Survey
Traditional Publishing I
Independent and New Model Publishing I
Narrative Poetry
Craft of Creative Nonfiction
Three credits of:3
Capstone (must be taken for a total of three credits)

Screenwriting as a Second Concentration

Students pursuing this second MFA concentration must earn 30 credits as follows: 
 

CRWR 600Summer Orientation1
CRWR 663Screenwriting, Competition, Representation, the Option2
CRWR 665Screenwriting Genre6
CRWR 668Television Drama and Sit Comedy6
CRWR 671Writing the First Feature-Length Screenplay6
CRWR 675Writing the TV Pilot6
or CRWR 678 Adaptation
Three credits of:
Capstone (must be taken for a total of three credits)

Students may count CRWR 665 Screenwriting Genre toward the second concentration if they have already taken it to fulfill the out-of-concentration course required by their primary concentration.