Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Screenwriting

The BFA in Film and Media Arts with a Concentration in Screenwriting is an intensive, professional degree that prepares students to enter graduate Film programs or pursue professional careers in Film and Serial writing. It focuses on narrative feature-film and serial writing. Studies will culminate in the writing and polishing of a feature screenplay or long-form television serial bible in the BFA Screenwriting Final Project Classes. The total FMA credits required is 70-73.

Students interested in the Screenwriting concentration must submit a program request form to the department. To be considered students need to complete 60 credits by the end of their sophomore year, earn an average of 3.0 in six foundational and intermediate courses and provide a portfolio. The program request form must be submitted to the department no later than the deadline announced on the Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Listserv in the spring semester in which the student reaches sixty credits. Students with less than an average of 3.0 in the six courses may petition the department for admission to the BFA Screenwriting concentration. (See department for details.) Students who were not admitted to the BFA Screenwriting concentration can continue in the BA in Film and Media Arts or the BA in Film and Media Arts with a Concentration in Screen Studies or apply for one of the three BA production concentrations. 

Transfer students who have transferred Film and Media Arts courses with a grade of B or better may apply to the BFA program. These students must also present a portfolio. Transfer students with an associate’s degree in a related field who are accepted into the BFA program will most likely need additional semesters to complete their degree.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Screenwriting

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree may be conferred upon a student majoring in Film and Media Arts by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 122 credit hours. Students must complete:

  1. University Requirements:
    • New students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses specified by the major. The specific writing-intensive courses requirement for this major are listed below and identified with the code "WI".
  2. No more than 21 FMA credits can be transferred to the major.
  3. A student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all Film and Media Arts courses that count towards the degree.
  4. Students may take up to 6 internship credits in Film and Media Arts.
  5. Students may count a maximum of 84 FMA credit hours toward the 122 credit hours required for the degree.

FMA Foundation Courses

Film and Media Arts students will complete the following courses by the end of the sophomore year:

FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1171Media & Culture3
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
Total Credit Hours14

Concentration Requirements

Courses required after completion of FMA Foundation Courses:

FMA 2241Filmmaking4
Select one of the following:3
Creative Writing: Fiction
Playwriting
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media
Film History I (1895-1950)
Film History II (1950-Present)
History of Experimental Film and Video Art
FMA 2396Screenwriting I4
FMA 2551Editing Film and Video4
FMA 2771Producing4
FMA 3000+Studies Elective3-4
FMA 3773Contemporary Screen Studies4
Select two of the following:7-8
Screen Directing
Screen Performance
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors
FMA 3343Screenwriting II4
FMA 3342Serial Writing4
FMA 3000+Advanced Writing Intensive Elective (WI) 14
FMA 4342BFA Screenwriting Projects I4
FMA 4343BFA Screenwriting Projects II4
Total Credit Hours56-59
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The following are Writing Intensive courses in Film and Media Arts: FMA 2396 Screenwriting I; FMA 3696 Writing Intensive Film Study; FMA 3896 Advanced Film Analysis; FMA 4697 Advanced Film History; and FMA 4698 History of Documentary.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts with Concentration in Screenwriting

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1171Media Culture3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
FMA 2241Filmmaking4
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media 
Film History I (1895-1950) 
Film History II (1950-Present) 
History of Experimental Film and Video Art 
FMA 2551Editing Film and Video4
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours14-15
Spring
FMA 2396Screenwriting I [WI]4
Select one of the following:3
Creative Writing: Fiction 
Playwriting 
FMA 2771Producing4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
FMA 3773Contemporary Screen Studies4
Select one of the following:3-4
Screen Directing 
Screen Performance 
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors 
FMA 3342Serial Writing4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14-15
Spring
FMA 3000+ Advanced Writing Intensive Elective [WI]4
Select one of the following:3-4
Screen Directing 
Screen Performance 
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors 
FMA 3343Screenwriting II4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14-15
Year 4
Fall
FMA 4342BFA Screenwriting Projects I4
FMA 3000+ Studies Elective3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives6
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Spring
FMA 4343BFA Screenwriting Projects II4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives6
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 122-126