This course is an introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting. Students learn basic principles of screenwriting, including how screenwriting differs from other writing styles. Students explore the screenplay style and format, character development and story arcs through a film treatment and short screenplay. Prerequisites: ENGL 112, and either COMM 224 or ENGL 310.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
ENGL 112, and either COMM 224 or ENGL 310
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
Screenplay: The Fundamentals of Screenwriting
By Field, Syd Recommended
The Complete Guide to Standard Script Formats
By Cole/Haag Recommended
The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style
By Christopher Riley Recommended
The Screenwriter's Bible
By David Trottier Recommended
To acquire the necessary vocabulary of screenplay writing and development.
To identify the structure of narrative screenwriting.
To develop and hone a personal and professional screenwriting style.
Employ visual and aural perspectives in writing.
Demonstrate introductory mastery of the dramatic scene.
Describe and explain character development in film.
Practice economical screenwriting.
Provide constructive and pertinent feedback to peers through the workshop format.
Complete a film treatment for a future screenplay.
Complete a short screenplay in proper, industry format.
Analyze successful writing in contemporary film.
What is a screenplay?
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.