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    What is the Screenwriting Certificate?

    The New School awards a certificate in screenwriting for successful completion of a sequence of six approved courses, four of which are required. Upon completing the core sequence of screenwriting courses, students have a comprehensive grounding in story, character, theme, action, visuals, and dialogue, as they have been carefully guided through the entire screenplay writing process by our distinguished faculty. The certificate program is open to committed students from any background. It can be completed entirely online by students who cannot or do not wish to take classes on campus.

    How does this program differ from degree programs offered at The New School?

    Unlike The New School's undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the Screenwriting Certificate is a noncredit program with an open admissions policy. Students receive an official certificate, not a degree, upon successful completion of the program requirements.

    When do courses in the Screenwriting Certificate program begin?

    Courses follow The New School's fall, spring, and summer semester calendars. Students can register for courses in the Screenwriting curriculum at the start of any semester, in accordance with the required sequence of courses. The New School's academic calendar provides information about key enrollment dates, registration deadlines and observed holidays for current and upcoming semesters.

    How long does it take to complete the program?

    It will take at least 4 semesters to finish the program, because the courses must be taken in consecutive order and you must successfully complete one before you can be allowed in the next one. If you start in a fall semester, you will have to continue through the following spring and fall and another spring semester to finish. While we offer summer courses, they are not the advanced classes. 

    You can take most Screenwriting Certificate elective courses at any time during the program. There are only a few exceptions, like the Episodic and Procedurals elective, which requires you to have taken Screenwriting 1.

    What kind of time commitment do the courses in this program require?

    Your workload and time commitment will depend on how many courses you take during a semester. Onsite courses are 1 hour 50 minutes. Most classes meet in the evenings, from either 6:00pm to 7:50pm or 8:00pm to 9:50pm, once a week. We also offer most of our courses online. Our Fall and Spring semesters run for 15 weeks and the Summer session has classes twice a week for seven-and-a-half weeks.

    How much does the program cost?

    There is no flat-rate program tuition; rather, students pay on a course-by-course basis. Certificate students pay the noncredit tuition cost per course, plus a $40 registration fee per semester. Individual courses range in cost; costs are published along with course descriptions in the Continuing Education Open Campus Catalog .

    Do I need previous screenwriting experience to be eligible for this program?

    This is an open admissions program; no application is required for a student to be eligible for registration. Committed students at any level of experience are encouraged to participate in this program as long as they have a high school diploma.

    How do I register for classes in this program?

    Registration each semester can be completed online via the Continuing Education Open Campus website . Students must select "Certificate" when prompted to select course status. This will ensure that their registration as certificate students is recognized. Full payment is due at the time of registration.

    How will I be graded for the classes I take in this program?

    Students must receive an "AP" in all of the required courses in this program to be granted the Film Production Certificate. In order to receive an "AP" students must have the equivalent of a B or higher grade. Courses taken toward a Screenwriting Certificate cannot be used toward matriculation or retroactively granted credit.