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Screenwriting Major BA

The screenwriting major provides a multidisciplinary experience intended to nurture original cinematic voices, cultivate creativity, develop marketable skills, and prepare students for graduate school and life long careers. A core curriculum of screenwriting is supplemented with studies in creative writing, theater, film studies, and film production This holistic approach recognizes the benefit of engaging in complementary fields of study that contribute to capable, curious, and creative professionals in screenwriting, writing/directing, and related new media.

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Screenwriting major, students must submit a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before enrolling in courses toward the major.

Required Courses (43-44 total credits)

Seven core courses required (28 credits)

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Internships

Internships in screenwriting, film, television, cable, and emerging media/technologies are highly recommended and may serve as effective stepping stones to careers and personal growth. Students in the past have interned for companies in the Twin Cities, Los Angeles and New York. Guidance for arranging internships in Los Angeles and New York is offered through the screenwriting program.

Other Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Metropolitan State University with a bachelor of arts in screenwriting, students must complete at least 120 semester credits. Forty of these semester credits must be at the upper-division level (courses numbered 300 or above). In addition, students must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet the general education and liberal studies requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits of the screenwriting major at Metropolitan State University.

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