Intro to Screenwriting

Course NameIntro to Screenwriting
Course CodeCOM203
DescriptionThis course introduces the writing process of screenwriting. Observing various styles of writing for film, and focusing on creative practice, this course provides students with the necessary tools for writing a screenplay. Through seminar discussions, workshops and excursions, students will examine story structure and apply that knowledge in their own writing projects, which they will also “pitch.” Through the exploration of filmic themes, students will discover the impetus with which screenwriting has become one of the strongest and most malleable media of modern arts for change. Students will learn the basic techniques every successful screenwriter knows using premise, character, and conflict to master the art of dramatic writing. By the end of term, each student will have created a story outline and written an original short script.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students should be able to:
– Identify and apply key technical and creative craft skills and concepts in screenwriting;
– Facilitate students development with the analysis of cinematic representation;
– Name and describe the keys of successful narratives;
– Analyse a range of screenwriting techniques, elements and approaches;
– Create a short drama film script by applying relevant screenwriting techniques and story development concepts;
– Creatively capture course content in a final group project.
SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS