MDST 561

Advanced Television Writing

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 9, 2012 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This independent study course further develops the techniques of writing for television with an emphasis on creating professional quality scripts that are ready to submit for artist fellowships, industry opportunities, agents and/or graduate school. All students must write at least two industry standard scripts for a current scripted television program (genre will be selected by the instructor). Familiarity with script software is required. Students will work independently with the instructor but will be able to utilize an active and engaging D2L site including opportunities for real time critiques and industry opportunities.

Special information

Note: This course may be taken twice for credit. Students will work independent with the instructor but will be able to utilize an active and engaging D2L site including opportunities for real time critiques.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Able to conceive and write two professional situation comedy scripts that are market ready, polished, creative, and compelling.
  • Able to understand and utilize structure, character development, and dialogue at an advanced level unique to television writing.
  • Aware of graduate study opportunities and/or industry opportunities.
  • Can write high context, lyrical, and meaningful dialogue.
  • Has a critical awareness of the present day role of television in relationship to the electronic arts.
  • Has developed a personal career plan.