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Specialization in Screenwriting (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS31)The Media School

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Specialization requirements

The specialization requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Foundations. One (1) course from the .
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 392 and MSCH-F 392. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C221, MSCH-C 223, TEL-T 206, or TEL-T 211; or consent of instructor. Covers format, structure, and writing of dramatic and nondramatic scripts. Credit given for only one of MSCH-P 331 or TEL-T 331. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 223 or TEL-T 206; or consent of instructor. Exploration of design or production problems and issues in telecommunications. Topics vary. May be repeated with different topics in MSCH-P 452 and TEL-T 452. (1–3 credit hours.)
  2. Electives. Two (2) courses from the .
    • Additional course(s) from the Foundations list above
    • Three (3) credit hours from the following:
      • P: Junior or senior standing; at least 12 semester credit hours completed in the school; advanced arrangement with academic advisor. Faculty-supervised work in a media field related to student's academic interests. Credits based on at least 45 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of 6 credit hours applied toward the B.A. in Media or the B.S. in Game Design. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 382, MSCH-I 382, MSCH-I 497, MSCH-X 472, or TEL-T 497. (1–3 credit hours.)
      • P: Completion of an application for internship credit (available on the school website) and school approval. Students secure an internship and enroll for one, two or three credit hours, based on at least 120 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of three credit hours applied toward the B.A.J. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours in JOUR-J 492, MSCH-I 492, and MSCH-X 474. S/F grading. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • One (1) of the following:
      • Structural analyses of cinematic models, culminating in the creation of an original full-length narrative screenplay. (3 credit hours.)
      • (approved topic: "Writing for Television ") Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. May be repeated for credit up to four times with different topics. (1–3 credit hours.)
  3. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the specialization.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the specialization—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    3. Exceptions to specialization requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.