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. Students may complete the entire core sequence online; note
that Screenwriting 2 is offered online only in the fall and Screenwriting 3 is offered online only in the spring.
Students take four required courses in the following order:
The First Act
Writing the Screenplay
Rewrite and Polish
Students select two elective courses from the New School's
Film Studies curriculum to round out the certificate program. A sampling of electives includes:
1: Writing the "Spec" Script
2: Writing the Original Pilot
Procedurals: Crafting the Original One-Hour Pilot
Screenwriting for the Web
The Business of Screenwriting
The program takes at least four semesters to complete.
Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms. Not all elective courses are offered every term. Enrollment in these courses is strictly limited, so early registration is strongly advised.
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.
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