Metropolitan State University

MDST 560 : Writing for Television

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal EL - General Education/Liberal Studies Elect.
This course focuses on the techniques of writing for television with an emphasis on examining the professional writing environment on a television program, the history and trends involved in television writing and creating professional quality scripts. Students should consult the Class Schedule for particular topics and descriptions which include situation comedy, drama and newswriting. Familiarity with script software and full attendance required.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/24/2002 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Students will learn professional television writing skills and can apply them to a specific genre of television writing including situation comedy, drama, and documentary.
  2. Students learn about pitching story ideas, breaking the story outline, writing scripts, working with actors in readings and rewrites.
  3. Students learn about the history of television writing.
  4. Students learn about the current state of the industry.
  5. Students create professional level final scripts.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal EL - General Education/Liberal Studies Elect.
G. Special Information