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Conservatory of Performing Arts

Screenwriting Major

PROGRAM GUIDES: FRESHMEN; TRANSFER | COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | FACULTY | SCHEDULE OF COURSES


"A DIRECTOR SHOULDN'T GET IN THE WAY OF THE MOVIE, THE STORY SHOULD."
~ Frank Darabont

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Major in Screenwriting

There are no great films made from bad scripts. Period. In our screenwriting program, you will focus on what it takes to craft and tell exceptional stories. In the B.A. in screenwriting, you will explore and write:

    Screenwriting Program

  • Movie screenplays
  • Television scripts (sitcom, cable, drama)
  • Plays
  • Scripts for interactive and online media
  • Writing for video games

Writing and Theory

You’ll find a balance of hands-on work in the development of scripts, along with the study and theory of storytelling. Further, you’ll participate in a workshop setting, providing and receiving feedback from your peers and instructors, as well as study classic and contemporary scripts, films, plays and television programs and new media to create
a foundational knowledge of story. 

Collaboration and Integration

You will collaborate with directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and editors in our Cinema Production and Animation programs, providing screenwriting majors an opportunity to see their ideas brought to life on the screen. Further, you will have the opportunity to make films. By directing actors,
composing shots and editing scenes, you can
more fully realize the possibilities of visual storytelling.

Screenwriting Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the screenwriting major. Some of the courses in the screenwriting program include:

  • Acting and Directing for Writers
  • Advanced Narrative Structure
  • Classical and Modern Drama
  • Intermediate and Advanced Screenwriting
  • Rewriting the Feature Screenplay
  • Story Analysis
  • Writing the Adaptation
  • Writing the Hour Drama
  • Writing for Multimedia
  • Writing the Situation Comedy

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide links at the top of the page and the Cinema Arts course descriptions.