Note: This program is not being offered in the Summer 2017 semester.
Television, unlike nearly every other creative industry, hasn’t just grown—it’s exploded. Where people once talked passionately about books, films, or plays, now the topic of conversation is which television or web series they’re binge-watching and which they are planning to devour next. Audiences’ appetites are seemingly unquenchable and, more then ever, consumers are seeking out not just the tried and true but also edgy and adventurous content. It is in this environment that the traditional networks, the ever-expanding and well-financed streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu), and web-hosting companies (YouTube, Google, DirecTV) need content. As a result, they are on the constant lookout for new ideas—and especially new voices—opening up more jobs in creative and support roles in television (writer, creator, show runner, producer, development executive, script consultant) than ever before. However, the competition is fierce. To best qualify for any of these jobs, the key is mastering the writing and storytelling skills specific to this booming field. As a participant in the Professional Diploma in Writing for Television, you will create, develop, write, and rewrite the “bible”/pitch document and pilot script for your own series, while also working in a creative and business-oriented capacity on your own material and that of your classmates.
As a student in this program, you will create and develop the pilot script for an original series and the “bible”/pitch document (with accompanying media, when appropriate)—all of which are essential components for unknown writers to have in order to sell a series or to apply for a job in the television industry.
The steps are as follows: You will actively read and view media to better understand the ins and outs of all forms of content delivery, and then apply what you learn by writing and developing your own project, culminating in the creation of professional-level pitch document and pilot script. You will work in a simulation of a professional writer’s room, in which your and your fellow writers’ scripts undergo rigorous evaluation, reworking, and rewriting through a collaborative process. At the end of the semester, you will present your final project to industry experts in a pitch meeting and receive follow-up commentary.
- Critical thinking
- Project (macro and micro) development
- Script writing and editing
- Collaborative work
- Show Runner
- Staff Writer
- Writer’s Assistant
- Creative Development Executive
You'll Walk Away With
- The ability to write for, produce, and supervise the development of projects for network, cable, and streaming platforms
- The skills to manage personal and professional relationships, both one-on-one and as team leaders and participants
- Experience overseeing projects of all kinds, including prioritizing and problem solving
- Firsthand information on the most up-to-date inner workings of the business of television
- An understanding of the behind-the-scenes roles in television production