Intended for students interested in intensive scriptwriting, this track provides advanced skills in writing for film and series television. You will gain a familiarity with all stages of the creative process for film and TV (from writing and development, through production and post-production, to exhibition). You will attain advanced writing skills and techniques, such as story development, characterization, structure, and dialogue while acquiring extensive knowledge about the business of scriptwriting (including the submission process, agents, financing, television writers’ rooms, etc.).

You will be encouraged to develop your individual talent and personal expression in a nurturing and collaborative environment, where you start writing scripts in your first semester and continue with practical, applied learning throughout the program.

Internships, extra-curricular organizations, guest master classes, CIM project-based, study-abroad programs (in Prague, Greece, and Barcelona), and the Semester in Los Angeles Program, give you ample opportunity to further your education in writing outside of the classroom.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
CIM 103Survey of Motion Pictures3
CIM 126Introduction to Screenwriting3
CIM 151Introduction to Digital Filmmaking3
CIM 206History of International Cinema3
COM 250Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement
COS 211Public Speaking3
or COS 333 Business Communication
or JMM 233 Television Performance
Other Required Courses
CIM 326Intermediate Screenwriting3
CIM 329Writing for Series Television3
CIM 426Advanced Screenwriting3
Select two of the following:6
Writing the Feature Film-Online
Advanced Television Writing
Internship in Cinema and Interactive Media
Projects and Directed Research
Projects in Screenwriting
Adaptation
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media
Select one of the following:3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media
Film Directors
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema
Representations of Sport in Popular Culture
Genres
National Cinemas
Women, Media, and Popular Culture
Internet and Media Activism
Portfolio Requirement
CIM 514Motion Picture Studio3
Additional Requirements
ENG 105 & ENG 1066
MTH 113, JMM 285 or STC 1033
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor, Second Major and Electives54
Total Credit Hours120

Upper Level Elective Requirement

36 credits at the 300 level or higher are required for graduation. These credits may be earned from your major, minor and/or second major, and electives. 

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CIM 103 Survey of Motion Pictures 3
CIM 151 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 3
CIM 126 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113, JMM 285,
Finite Mathematics
or Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management
or Statistical Reasoning for Strategic Communication
3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
CIM 206 History of International Cinema 3
CIM 326 Intermediate Screenwriting 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
COS 211, 333,
Public Speaking
or Business Communication
or Television Performance
3
CIM 426 Advanced Screenwriting 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
CIM 329 Writing for Series Television 3
Select one of the following: 3
Nonfiction Film and Digital Media  
Film Directors  
Aspects of Contemporary Cinema  
Representations of Sport in Popular Culture  
Genres  
National Cinemas  
Women, Media, and Popular Culture  
Internet and Media Activism  
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Advanced Television Writing  
Projects in Screenwriting  
Projects and Directed Research  
Adaptation  
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Projects in Screenwriting  
Projects and Directed Research  
Special Topics in Cinema and Interactive Media  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CIM 514 Motion Picture Studio 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120