Screenwriting and Playwriting

Major: Screenwriting and Playwriting
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 184.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0504
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-3043

About the Program

The Westphal College Screenwriting and Playwriting program guides students in their pursuit of a career writing for the stage or screen. The program emphasizes the principles of dramatic writing through a practical hands-on approach to instruction in small classes. Our graduates take away the skills, experience, and confidence to gain an edge in a rewarding and competitive field.

Students first acquire the essential skills of dramatic story telling and then apply those abilities to the creation of scripts that conform to professional standards. Drexel's pioneering co-op affords hands-on experience in the field, working alongside professional artists. Drexel marks the beginning of the lifelong process of developing a writer's eye that sees the world from a different angle and allows writers to tell their own uniquely compelling stories.

The Screenwriting and Playwriting program offers a minor in Screenwriting and a minor in Playwriting.

Additional Information

For more information about this major, visit the College's Screenwriting and Playwriting page or contact the program director:

Matthew J. Kaufhold
Screenwriting and Playwriting Program
Department of Cinema & Television
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
215-895-2882
kaufhold@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements


 

General education requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and Humanities (excluding ENGL courses) - students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 8.0 credits8.0
Required Social Science-students elective a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Electives31.0
Visual Studies Requirements
ARTH 102History of Western Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
VSST 107Introduction to Design for Media3.0
Screenwriting and Playwriting Requirements
Literature requirements
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Select one of the following:3.0
Survey of World Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
Literature (ENGL) electives6.0
Cinema studies/Theatre studies requirements
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
Theatre (THTR) choice elective (any advanced acting, directing or production course)3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
Cinema studies (FMST Film Studies or TVST Television Studies) elective3.0
Methods requirements
FMTV 110Basic Cinematography3.0
FMTV 115Basic Editing3.0
FMTV 120Basic Sound3.0
FMTV 240Narrative Production 3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
or FMTV 270 Basic Directing
Writing requirements
SCRP 150Entertainment Storytelling Fundamentals3.0
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
SCRP 230Page to Stage3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
SCRP 495Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I3.0
SCRP 496Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II3.0
SCRP 497Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Writing Choice: select one of the following courses:3.0
Introduction to Journalism
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Select one of the following two-course sequences:6.0
Playwriting Workshop I
and Playwriting Workshop II
Screenwriting Workshop I
and Screenwriting Workshop II
Total Credits184.0

CONCENTRATION OPTIONS

Concentration in Writing Comics & Graphic Novels

SCRP 260Writing Comics3.0
SCRP 263Comic Book Editing3.0
SCRP 266Graphic Novel Art and Industry3.0
SCRP 384Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop I3.0
SCRP 385Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop II3.0

 Concentration in Narrative Game Writing

GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
SCRP 290Game: Universe & Story3.0
SCRP 295 Future of Narrative Games3.0
SCRP 377Game Writing Workshop I3.0
SCRP 378Game Writing Workshop II3.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

 Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
FMTV 1203.0FMST 1013.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
SCRP 2203.0FMTV 1153.0FMTV 1103.0 
THTR 1213.0SCRP 2703.0MATH 1194.0 
UNIV A1011.0UNIV A1011.0SCRP 1503.0 
 Natural Science Elective4.0VSST 1073.0 
 13 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 203 or 2043.0COOP 1011.0ARTH 1023.0Film Studies/Television Studies Elective*3.0
SCRP 2253.0ENGL 2163.0ENGL 200, 201, or 2023.0Free Elective6.0
Literature (ENGL) Elective3.0FMST 1023.0SCRP 2803.0Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
Free Elective6.0SCRP 2303.0SCRP 3703.0 
 SCRP 2753.0THTR 2112.0 
 THTR 2103.0Natural Science Elective4.0 
 15 16 18 12
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 3153.0SCRP 381 or 3833.0
  THTR 2403.0Writing Choice3.0
  THTR 320 or FMTV 2703.0Arts and Humanities Elective (excluding ENGL courses)3.0
  SCRP 380 or 3823.0Literature (ENGL) Elective3.0
  Arts and Humanities Elective (excluding ENGL courses)3.0Social Science Elective3.0
 0 0 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
SCRP 4953.0FMTV 2403.0SCRP 4973.0 
WRIT 2253.0SCRP 3103.0Free Electives13.0 
Free Elective3.0SCRP 4963.0  
Social Science Elective3.0Free Elective3.0  
Theater Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0  
 15 15 16 
Total Credits 184

Writing Comics and Graphic Novels Concentration

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
FMTV 1203.0FMST 1013.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
SCRP 2203.0FMTV 1153.0FMTV 1103.0 
THTR 1213.0SCRP 2703.0MATH 1194.0 
UNIV A1011.0Natural Science4.0SCRP 1503.0 
 UNIV A1011.0VSST 1073.0 
 13 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 203 or 2043.0COOP 1011.0ARTH 1023.0FMST or TVST Elective3.0
FMST 1023.0ENGL 2163.0ENGL 200, 201, or 2023.0Free Elective6.0
SCRP 2253.0SCRP 2603.0SCRP 2633.0Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
Literature (ENGL) Elective3.0SCRP 2753.0SCRP 3703.0 
Free Elective3.0THTR 2103.0THTR 2112.0 
 SCRP 2303.0Natural Science Elective4.0 
 15 16 18 12
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 3153.0SCRP 3853.0
  SCRP 3843.0Arts and Humanities Elective (excluding ENGL courses)3.0
  THTR 2403.0SCRP 2803.0
  THTR 320 or FMTV 2703.0Literature (ENGL) Elective3.0
  Arts and Humanities Elective (excluding ENGL courses)3.0Social Science Elective3.0
   Writing Choice3.0
 0 0 15 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
SCRP 4953.0SCRP 4963.0SCRP 4973.0 
SCRP 2663.0FMTV 2403.0Free Electives13.0 
WRIT 2253.0SCRP 3103.0  
Theater Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0  
Social Science Elective3.0   
 15 12 16 
Total Credits 184

 Writing Narrative Games Concentration

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
FMTV 1203.0FMST 1013.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
SCRP 2203.0FMTV 1153.0FMTV 1103.0 
THTR 1213.0SCRP 2703.0MATH 1194.0 
UNIV A1011.0UNIV A1011.0SCRP 1503.0 
 Natural Science Elective4.0VSST 1073.0 
 13 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 203 or 2043.0COOP 1011.0ARTH 1023.0FMST or TVST Elective3.0
FMST 1023.0ENGL 2163.0ENGL 200, 201, or 2023.0Free Elective6.0
GMAP 2603.0SCRP 2753.0SCRP 2953.0Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
SCRP 2253.0SCRP 2903.0SCRP 3703.0 
Literature (ENGL) Elective3.0THTR 2103.0THTR 2112.0 
 SCRP 2303.0Natural Science Elective4.0 
 15 16 18 12
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 3153.0SCRP 3783.0
  SCRP 3773.0SCRP 2803.0
  THTR 2403.0Arts and Humanities Elective (excluding ENGL courses)3.0
  THTR 320 or FMTV 2703.0Social Science Elective3.0
  Arts and Humanities Elective (excluding ENGL courses)3.0Literature (ENGL) Elective3.0
   Writing Choice3.0
 0 0 15 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
SCRP 4953.0SCRP 4963.0SCRP 4973.0 
WRIT 2253.0Social Science Elective3.0Free Electives 13.0 
Arts and Humanities Elective3.0FMTV 2403.0  
Theater Elective3.0SCRP 3103.0  
Social Science Elective3.0   
 15 12 16 
Total Credits 184

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Dramatic writing is writing for production—work intended for performance on the stage or screen. These days, “screen” can mean movie, TV, or computer, and the work can be anything from full stage plays to 15-second commercials to video game scripts. As the entertainment industry changes, so do the outlets for our students and graduates.

Co-op Experiences

By working for film and television production companies, theater organizations, entertainment management companies, magazines, advertising and public relations firms, and other professional writers, Screenwriting and Playwriting students gain valuable insights into how the entertainment industry works. In an industry where the process of building a career often begins with a few key contacts, the co-op program gives Drexel students the chance to begin shaping their own professional networks.

Screenwriting and Playwriting students secured co-op or post-graduation positions with: 

  • IM Global
  • Disney Video Animation
  • Marvel Comics
  • Lionsgate Films 
  • Skyless Games
  • Arden Theater Company
  • Campbell's Soup
  • Marvel Studios
  • SyFy Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • Dynamite Entertainment
  • Prominent Hollywood talent managers
  • The Playwright's Center
  • Valiant Entertainment
  • Sciencefiction.com
  • Major League Baseball Productions
  • Panels.net
  • Voice of America
  • Fantagraphics
  • The production office of "Star Trek: Enterprise"

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Screenwriting and Playwriting Faculty

Bruce Graham, BA (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Playwright.
Matthew Kaufhold, MA (University of North Carolina) Program Director, Screenwriting and Playwriting. Associate Teaching Professor. Screenwriter, Producer.
Thomas Quinn, MFA (Temple University) Program Director, Film & Video. Assistant Professor. Writer, Director, filmmaker.
Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Producing for Television, The Sitcom, Directing Single and Multi-Camera

Emeritus Faculty

Ian Abrams, BA (Duke University). Associate Professor. Screenwriting, movies, film, Hollywood.
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