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2006-2007 University Catalogue 
2006-2007 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Writing for Film & Television

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Jeff Ryder

Writing for Film and Television is an undergraduate program dedicated to the art of dramatic writing for film and television. The dramatic script serves as the creative blueprint for the collaborative creation in film and television. The curriculum for the program aims to educate and prepare students for the professional world in this unique genre of writing.

A four-year sequence of studio writing courses act as the cornerstone of the curriculum. Starting with Dramatic Structure in the first year, students create their own written work in an intensive workshop environment. In the second year, screenwriting is introduced, along with script analysis. In the third and fourth years, students will be writing full-length scripts for film. Adaptation from fiction and nonfiction sources complements students’ original written work. To appreciate the art form, as well as the collaborative spirit of film and television, there are courses in video production, as well as survey courses in the history of film and television. A strong liberal arts experience in drama, literature, and history gives students the breadth of knowledge required of the professional writer. Internships in the Senior year will provide students with an exposure to a professional work setting.

In addition to the major, students may take several minors designed to complement their major. Students in Writing for Film and Television are particularly interested in the minors in narrative video, documentary video, game design, and strategic advertising.

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