Screenwriting Classes | The New School Media Studies

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  • The Certificate in Screenwriting curriculum is awarded for satisfactory completion of six approved courses. Students first take two required introductory courses:

    • Introduction to Writing for the Screen
    • Script Analysis

        Afterward, students chose to pursue either the Motion Picture track or the TV track. The Motion Picture track guides students through the writing of a professional-quality screenplay ready for the marketplace. Students take three required courses in the following order:  

        • Screenwriting 1: Fundamentals
        • Screenwriting 2: Writing the Screenplay (permission required)
        • Screenwriting 3: Finishing the First Draft (permission required)

        The TV Track guides students through the writing of a professional quality one-hour TV pilot, a sitcom spec script, and an original sitcom pilot in the following order:

        • Episodic and Procedural 
        • Sitcom 1
        • Sitcom 2

          Students select one elective course from the New School's Film Studies curriculum to round out the certificate program.They may also choose nonrequired courses from the screenwriting curriculum as electives.

          Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms, and the curriculum can be completed in one year, although a longer course of study is acceptable. Not all elective courses are offered every term.

          The certificate curriculum may be taken for undergraduate credit or on a noncredit basis. In either case, certificate approval for a course is based on attendance and participation, comprehension of theories and techniques, and instructor evaluation of final projects. Noncredit students receive grades of Approved (P) or Not Approved (F); credit students receive a letter grade (minimum grade of B is required for certificate approval).

          Enrollment in these courses is strictly limited, so early registration is strongly advised. 

          Studying Online

          All four required courses and selected electives are offered online. You can earn the Certificate in Screenwriting studying online from anywhere in the world, or you can combine on-campus and online study at your convenience.