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Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

B.F.A. in Screenwriting

» Learn every element of the screenwriting process to take you from story idea to script.

The B.F.A. in Screenwriting program focuses on the art and craft of screenwriting through project-based, practical writing experience. In this comprehensive program you will learn every element of the screenwriting process that will take you from story idea to script. Your work is further discussed and refined in a workshop environment where you develop your own storytelling voice while receiving constructive feedback from your peers and also instructors who are all screenwriting professionals.

You will begin your course of study by exploring the intricacies of character development and story structure while learning to write in a variety of forms, including the short film, feature film and episodic television.

By your junior year you will be working on feature-length scripts and will finish the program with at least two completed feature-length scripts to jump start your portfolio.

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You'll Study

Along with a broad liberal arts education, you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the key components of screenwriting, including:

  • How to create and develop compelling characters
  • How to create emotional moments and story beats
  • How to write believable dialogue
  • How setting and production design fulfill vital roles in storytelling
  • The history of film as an art form, industry and cultural phenomenon
  • The essential elements of film, including basic cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound recording
  • The acting process as seen through script analysis, scene study and acting exercises
  • Managing the audience’s emotional involvement in a story

Learning Outcomes

In mastering the curriculum of the B.A. in Screenwriting, students will gain competence in the following areas:

  • Identify, create and write fully dimensional characters.
  • Write short and feature length screenplays which demonstrate fundamental storytelling craft and an effective narrative structure.
  • Write screenplays that demonstrate a distinctive personal voice.
  • Demonstrate competency with industry standard writing style and presentation.
  • Discover and identify the theoretical issues relating to screenwriting.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Screenwriting are required to:

  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.000 for all required major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade, except for independent internships.
  • Pass courses in the major with a "C-" or higher.
  • Complete a minimum of 21 credits from upper division courses in the major.
  • Complete the thesis requirement, SW 498 (2 semesters 6 credits).

Core Requirements (57 credits)

one of the following (3 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

three courses selected from all courses offered by Dodge College or from the following

Total Credits: 66 


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Our list of notable screenwriting alumni include:

  • Christopher Borrelli (BA/Com ‘94) Screenwriter, Eloise, The Vatican Tapes, Wake
  • Kelly Galuska (BA/SW ‘06) Staff Writer, Mom, CBS, BoJack Horseman, Netflix
  • Rebecca Kirsch (BA/SW ‘05) Screenwriter/Producer, Leverage, Dracula, 12 Monkeys
  • Alex Theurer (BFA/FTV ’06) Screenwriter/Producer, Sleight
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