Screenwriting for Television and Film

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Certificate in Screenwriting for Television and Film

Cristina Pippa, Certificate Advisor
Craig Hall, Room 378, Phone 417-836-3266

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting for Television and Film provides a 12-hour graduate-level experience to prepare the student's script portfolio for professional submissions. The program is designed to teach students the screenwriting craft; to develop each student's potential and to help all students find their unique style; to expose students to the concept of "workshopping pages" and giving and receiving critical input on style, writing technique and structure; and to provide insight into today's film and television market. Graduate students will complete polished drafts on multiple treatments/outlines, a short or full-length screenplay, and one to two dramatic teleplays.

Admission criteria 

To be considered for the program, a student must have a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 undergraduate GPA.  Applicants must submit a writing sample of 5-10 script pages or 5-10 pages of prose.  

Required courses: Complete at least four of the following courses (12 hours total)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MED 660 Beginning Screenwriting 3 hrs
MED 667 Intermediate Screenwriting 3 hrs
MED 668 Writing for Television  3 hrs
MED 669 Rewriting Film and TV Scripts 3 hrs
MED 672 Advanced Screenwriting 3 hrs

Completion requirements

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.