Screenwriting and Playwriting

Major: Screenwriting and Playwriting
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 182.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0504
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-3043

About the Program

The Westphal College Screenwriting & Playwriting program is designed to guide and prepare students for a writing career for the stage or screen. The program emphasizes both the principles of dramatic writing and a practical hands-on approach to instruction. Graduates are armed with the skills, experience, and confidence to gain an edge in a growing and competitive field.

Students in the Screenwriting & Playwriting program begin the lifelong process of accumulating a writer’s capital: the ideas, understandings, facts, and methods of perception, as well as the technical knowledge, needed to write compellingly for performance. Students learn to create scripts that meet industry standards for theater, feature film and television as well as acquire hands-on experience in the techniques of stage and filmed production. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in any of numerous fields that require dramatic writing or to enter one of the highly competitive graduate programs in the field.

For more information about this major, visit the College's Screenwriting & Playwriting page.

Degree Requirements

 


 

General education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Arts and Humanities electives (excluding ENGL courses)9.0
Natural science electives8.0
Social science electives 9.0
Electives31.0
Visual Studies Requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
Screenwriting and Playwriting Requirements
Literature requirements
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
Select one of the following Western Literature survey courses:3.0
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Select one of the following Non-Western Literature survey courses:3.0
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
Literature (ENGL) electives6.0
Cinema studies/Theatre studies requirements
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
Theatre (THTR) choice elective (any advanced acting, directing or production course)3.0
Cinema studies (FMST Film Studies or TVST Television Studies) elective3.0
Methods requirements
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
Writing requirements
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
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
Fundamentals of 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 Credits182.0

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 Center. 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. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


 Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Natural science elective 4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
ENGL 204
or 203 [WI]
Post-Colonial Literature II
Post-Colonial Literature I
3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
Western literature survey course*3.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
Film Studies/Television Studies elective*3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
SCRP 382
or 380
Playwriting Workshop I
Screenwriting Workshop I
3.0
Arts and Humanities elective (excluding ENGL courses) 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 9
SCRP 383
or 381
Playwriting Workshop II
Screenwriting Workshop II
3.0
Writing choice 3.0
Arts and Humanities elective (excluding ENGL courses) 3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective 3.0
Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
SCRP 495Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Free elective 3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Arts and Humanities elective (excluding ENGL courses) 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SCRP 496Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II3.0
Free electives 6.0
Theatre elective*3.0
Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
SCRP 497Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III3.0
Free electives 13.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 182.0
*

 See degree requirements.

Writing Comics and Graphic Novels Concentration

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ENGL 203 [WI] Post-Colonial Literature I (or)3.0
Post-Colonial Literature II 
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
SCRP 260Writing Comics3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ENGL 200 [WI] Classical to Medieval Literature (or)3.0
Renaissance to the Enlightenment 
Romanticism to Modernism 
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
SCRP 263Comic Book Editing3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
FMST or TVST elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
SCRP 384Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop I3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
SCRP 385Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop II3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Writing elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
SCRP 266Graphic Novel Art and Industry3.0
SCRP 495Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SCRP 496Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II3.0
Free elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
THTR elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
SCRP 497Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III3.0
Free electives13.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 182.0

 Writing Narrative Games Concentration

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMST 101Film History I: Emergence3.0
SCRP 220Playwriting I3.0
THTR 121 [WI] Dramatic Analysis3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
SCRP 225Playwriting II3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ENGL 203 [WI] Post-Colonial Literature I (or)3.0
Post-Colonial Literature II 
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 216 [WI] Readings in Drama3.0
FMST 102Film History II: New Waves3.0
SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II3.0
SCRP 290Game: Universe Story3.0
THTR 210Acting: Fundamentals3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ENGL 200 [WI] Classical to Medieval Literature (or)3.0
Renaissance to the Enlightenment 
Romanticism to Modernism 
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
SCRP 295 Future of Narrative Games3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
THTR 211Acting: Scene Study2.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 310Literature for Screenwriters3.0
FMST elective3.0
TVST elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
SCRP 377Game Writing Workshop I3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
THTR 320Play Direction3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
SCRP 378Game Writing Workshop II3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Writing elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
SCRP 495Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
SCRP 496Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II3.0
Free elective3.0
THTR elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
SCRP 497Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III3.0
Free electives13.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 182.0

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 three-act stage plays to 15-second commercials.

Co-op Experiences

By working for professional writers, entertainment management companies, television stations, magazines and advertising and public relations firms, Screenwriting & 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 meeting people and networking.

In the Program's first few years, co-op students were placed with Disney Video Animation, several prominent Hollywood talent managers, the editor and publisher of a screenwriters' magazine, at Marvel Comics and in 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.

Courses

SCRP 220 Playwriting I 3.0 Credits

Introduces the basic tenets of playwriting and applies their use towards the writing of a 10-minute play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCRP 225 Playwriting II 3.0 Credits

Builds on the writing tenets learned in Playwriting I. Requires students to write a one-act play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 220 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 241 Writing TV Comedy 3.0 Credits

Teaches the essentials of situation comedy writing for TV. Students will be expected to conceive and write their own thirty-minute pilot script plus a ‘bible’ for their show.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 242 Writing TV Drama 3.0 Credits

Teaches the essentials of writing the one-hour television drama. Students will be expected to conceive and write their own thirty-minute pilot script plus a ‘bible’ for their show.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 250 Creating Stand-up Comedy 3.0 Credits

Deals with the conception, writing and performance of a stand-up comedy routine. Includes exploration of creating a comic persona, structuring an act, construction of jokes, and aspects relating to perfromance. "Final exam" will be given before a live audience at a public venue.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCRP 260 Writing Comics 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the history, theory, language and disciplines of writing the American comic book and graphic novel. Students will learn about comic script-writing formats, the collaborative relationship between writer and artist, and techniques to strengthen both their writing and critiquing abilities.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 263 Comic Book Editing 3.0 Credits

Students will write original work and serve as editors for other students on their creative project -- all while learning the histories of the creative disciplines that facilitate the creation of a modern comic book.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 260 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 266 Graphic Novel Art and Industry 3.0 Credits

This course serves as an comprehensive look at the medium of graphic novels: their history, how they're made, their diversity, how they are designed, sold and marketed. The course will mix reading and analysis of select titles, lecture and discussions with industry experts, including an artist, author, agent, editor, publisher, retailer, and designer.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 260 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I 3.0 Credits

Workshop course that covers the fundamentals of writing scripts for film and television. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HUM 106 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 101 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 275 [WI] Screenwriting II 3.0 Credits

Workshop course that builds on the fundamentals of screenwriting learned in Screenwriting I. Each student develops and completes a short dramatic screenplay. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on creating scripts for films under thirty minutes in length. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 290 Game: Universe & Story 3.0 Credits

A non-technical course which examines the differences between film & TV works vs. games and interactive fiction forms, and the creative changes inherent in translating one to the other. Emphasis given to the creation of a vibrant, seductive, logically consistent game world. Course culminates in the design of a game based on an existing work of fiction.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 295 Future of Narrative Games 3.0 Credits

Encourages students to use their knowledge of the current state of the art in gaming, and their technical and writing interests and expertise, to imagine games that go beyond those currently available. Of particular interest are ways to create branching narratives that deliver the story satisfaction and character development expected from traditional media.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 310 Literature for Screenwriters 3.0 Credits

This course provides exposure to literary traditions from the classics to pop culture, analyzing how the selected books have affected the film industry, both in terms of direct adaptations and by influencing generations of filmmakers and screenwriters.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D] or FMVD 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 350 TV Comedy Practicum 3.0 Credits

Students will write episodes of an ongoing TV comedy series produced at Drexel. Following the network primetime model and working in collaboration, students will work under budget, production and deadline constraints similar to those in the real world.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: SCRP 241 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 353 TV Drama Practicum 3.0 Credits

Students will write episodes of an ongoing TV drama series to be produced at Drexel. Following the network primetime model and working in collaboration, students will work under budget, production and deadline constraints similar to those in the real world.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: SCRP 242 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 370 Screenplay Story Development 3.0 Credits

This course provides a thorough understanding of methods used to develop story ideas from initial concept to complete screen story, including pitching, structuring, and creating treatments. Students pitch and develop several stories which can then be used to create full-length scripts in advanced workshops.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 270 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 377 Game Writing Workshop I 3.0 Credits

This course embeds Screenwriting students on a team developing a computer game from concept to design document and through production. Screenwriting majors will be expected to contribute heavily to the narrative, character and other non-technical aspects of game creation.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 290 [Min Grade: C] and SCRP 295 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 378 Game Writing Workshop II 3.0 Credits

This course embeds Screenwriting students on a team developing a computer game from concept to design document and through production. Screenwriting majors will be expected to contribute heavily to the narrative, character and other non-technical aspects of game creation.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 377 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 380 Screenwriting Workshop I 3.0 Credits

The first of a two-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, telefilm, or television pilot.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 275 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 381 Screenwriting Workshop II 3.0 Credits

The second of a two-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, telefilm, or television pilot.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 380 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 382 Playwriting Workshop I 3.0 Credits

The first of a two-course sequence in which students write a 90-minute, two-act play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SCRP 225 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 383 Playwriting Workshop II 3.0 Credits

The second of a two-course sequence in which students write a 90-minute, two-act play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: SCRP 382 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 384 Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop I 3.0 Credits

This two-term workshop will lead you through the process of developing and writing at least one draft of the script for either several issues of an original comic or a complete graphic novel. The finished script will be expected to conform to professional standards in everything from length to plot structure to formatting. You will be expected to utilize skills taught in the prerequisite course, SCRP 260 (Comic Book Writing), as well as narrative skills learned in SCRP 270 (Screenwriting I), including, but not limited to, thinking visually, establishing characters through behavior, writing effective dialogue, the basics of story structure, and related topics.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 266 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 385 Comic/Graphic Novel Writing Workshop II 3.0 Credits

This two-term workshop will lead you through the process of developing and writing at least one draft of the script for either several issues of an original comic or a complete graphic novel. The finished script will be expected to conform to professional standards in everything from length to plot structure to formatting. You will be expected to utilize skills taught in the prerequisite course, SCRP 260 (Comic Book Writing), as well as narrative skills learned in SCRP 270 (Screenwriting I), including, but not limited to, thinking visually, establishing characters through behavior, writing effective dialogue, the basics of story structure, and related topics.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 384 [Min Grade: C]

SCRP 399 Independent Study in SCRP 0.5-12.0 Credits

Independent study on a topic selected by the student. Independent study is supervised by a faculty member and guided by a plan of study. Department permission required.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP 465 Special Topics in SCRP 3.0 Credits

Examines a particular genre in dramatic writing (comedy, the thriller, etc.) or issues of particular interest to students interested in writing for the stage or screen (e.g., Literature for Screenwriters). The course, but not the same topics, may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SCRP 495 Senior Project in Dramatic Writing I 3.0 Credits

The first of a three-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, telefilm, full-length stage play, television pilot, at least two spec episodes of an existing one-hour TV drama or four of an existing TV comedy.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 381 [Min Grade: D] or SCRP 383 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 496 Senior Project in Dramatic Writing II 3.0 Credits

The second of a three-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, telefilm, television pilot, at least two spec episodes of an existing one-hour TV drama or four of an existing TV comedy.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 495 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP 497 Senior Project in Dramatic Writing III 3.0 Credits

The thid of a three-course sequence in which students write a feature film script, tlelfilm, full-length stage play, television pilot, at least two spec episodes of an existing one-hour TV drama or four of an existing TV comedy.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SCRP 496 [Min Grade: D]

SCRP I199 Independent Study in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP I299 Independent Study in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP I399 Independent Study in Screenwriting & Playwriting 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP I499 Independent Study in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP T180 Special Topics in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP T280 Special Topics in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP T380 Special Topics in Screenwriting & Playwriting 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCRP T480 Special Topics in Screenwriting & Playwriting 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

Cinema and Television Faculty

Glen Muschio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Digital media, society, communication.
Lise Raven, MFA (New York University). Assistant Professor. Filmmaker.
Philip W. Salas, BS (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Utilization of advanced set top box data to measure fragmented viewing behavior. Impact of new television distribution technologies on traditional broadcasters and multichannel program providers.
David A. Schwartz, BA (Rider University). Associate Teaching Professor. Steadicam operator; cameraman.
Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Independent television producer and director.
Albert S. Tedesco, MA (University of Pennsylvania) Director of the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Impact of digital media on broadcast television; broadcasters' response to the challenge of new media; management of publicly and privately held communications companies.
Jervis Thompson, BS (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Digital media, interactive multimedia.
Gregory S. Wolmart, MFA (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cinema studies; film history.
Jichen Zhu, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Developing humanistic and interpretive framework of computational technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), and constructing AI-based cultural artifacts; interactive storytelling, games and software studies.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Lawrence Epstein, MBA (Cornell University) Interim Department Head, Arts & Entertainment Enterprise. Associate Teaching Professor.
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