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Media, Writing, and Communications Certificate in Television and Screenwriting

Diploma Description

To earn a certificate, students must declare their candidacy at the start of their program of study. To do so, please use the button above.

The Certificate in Television and Screenwriting provides you with foundations for success in writing for television and film. Gain the skills to translate great ideas into compelling stories, leveraging character-driven narrative and innovative story design to sustain long-term audience engagement. Then, learn how to pitch and sell your work, ensuring that your script stands out in an ever-changing industry landscape.

The Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the one required course and five electives within three years of declaring certificate candidacy.

Must be completed within

3 years

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED COURSE

All Courses Required

The Art of the Pitch: Film and TV

Create and hone your own three- to five-minute teaser pitch for a film or TV project, and learn how to sell yourself and your project.

2020 Fall
1 section

ELECTIVES

Complete 5

Beginning Screenwriting

Learn the basic elements of dramatic writing with an emphasis on theme, dialogue, and characterization.

2020 Fall
2 sections

Advanced Screenwriting

Develop new screenwriting material or revise a completed script, and discuss your work during private interview sessions with the instructor.

2020 Fall
1 section

Screenwriting: An Exercise-Based Approach

This complete course in screenwriting teaches you the tools of the trade and gets you writing from the first day.

2020 Fall
1 section

Advanced Television Writing

The collaborative workshop encourages students with prior TV writing or screenwriting experience to write or rewrite a script for television.

Writing and Developing a Series for Television

Learn all you need to fully develop and professionally present your idea for a continuing or limited series for cable, network, or the web.

2020 Fall
1 section

Writing Your TV Pilot

Learn tools specific to writing an original pilot, whether a network procedural, a quirky web series, or an edgy comedy for cable or streaming.

Reaching for Representation: Agents, Managers, and Lawyers for Film and TV Writers

Learn how the services provided by managers, agents, and lawyers differ and how these keys figures can help to launch your film or TV writing career.

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required