Degree Requirements

Screenwriting: Model Four-Year Plan

  • Normal course load is 15 semester hours or 5 courses per semester.
  • Consult your advisor regarding proper course sequencing and course selection for the major.
  • Suggested sequence, but students often take courses in a modified order.
  • All students must complete six flags to graduate. Each student is responsible for ensuring she/he fulfills all graduation requirements.
  • Freshman Year

    Fall Semester

    • FTVS 1010 Art of Cinema (4 semester hours) OR
    • FTVS 1020 Art of Screen Media (4 semester hours)
    • FFYS 1000 First Year Seminar (3-4 semester)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)

    Total: 10-12 semester hours

    Spring Semester

    • PROD 101 Introduction to Screen Production (3 semester hours)
    • RHET 1000 Rhetorical Arts (3-4 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)

    Total: 15-19 semester hours

  • Sophomore Year

    Fall Semester

    • FTVS 2117 World Cinema 2 (1955-1990) (4 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)

    Total: 13-16 semester hours

    Spring Semester

    • SCWR 220 Beginning Screenwriting (3 semester hours)--must earn B or better; may be taken in the fall semester of the sophomore year
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)

    Total: 15-19 semester hours

  • Junior Year

    Fall Semester

    • SCWR 320 Intermediate Screenwriting (3 semester hours)
    • SCWR 325 Writing the TV Situation Comedy (3 semester hours)--may be taken concurrently with SCWR 320 OR
    • SCWR 426 Writing One-Hour Episodic TV (3 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)

    Total: 15-18 semester hours

    Spring Semester

    • SCWR 321 Rewriting the Feature (3 semester hours)
    • SCWR 428 Adaptation: One Medium to Another (3 semester hours)
    • FTVS Upper Division Elective (3 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)

    Total: 15-17 semester hours

  • Senior Year

    Fall Semester

    • SCWR 329 Directing for Screenwriters (3 semester hours)--may also be taken in the Spring of the senior year
    • SCWR 420 Senior Writing Project (3 semester hours)
    • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)

    Total: 15-18 semester hours

    Spring Semester

    • SCWR 421 Rewriting the Senior Writing Project (3 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
    • Elective (3-4 semester hours)

    Total: 12-15 semester hours