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 leading to the writing of a professional-quality screenplay ready for the marketplace.

    Four required courses must be taken in the following order:

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

    Students select two elective courses 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 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.