Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Screenwriting

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Screenwriting degree program develops leaders in the fields of screenwriting and visual storytelling. This screenwriting program begins with an introduction to cinema that covers multiple eras and movements throughout the age of film and moves into the introduction of digital video production. You will learn technical and aesthetic aspects of small format digital production and basic principles of motion picture production. Curriculum will provide an intense overview of a production, which includes reviewing film financing, contracting, budgeting, etc.

This online screenwriting degree program is designed to engage you with acting and directing skills for participating on both sides of the camera. Course sessions include lecture, practical exercises and preparation for analyzing or blocking a scene and working on a set. You will also explore all aspects of cinematography, including the craft, technologies, aesthetic principles, lighting and set design techniques, as well as nonlinear editing, from capture and logging to the final output of a finished program.

The screenwriting emphasis features a writing-intensive course in which you will learn storytelling for the screen through a managed regimen of in-class and out-of-class experiences that focus on the imagination and craft of writing. You will refine skills in observation, communication, visualization, screenwriting structure and the process of applying written language to articulate dramatic and visual expression

You will also study, analyze and implement advanced techniques in creating cinema screenplays. The use of traditional storytelling and classic mythology and how these apply to contemporary screenplays, as well as adapting various media to screenplays will be addressed.

As a screenwriting major, you will also discover and develop your unique voice as a writer and storyteller by concluding the program with a screenwriting capstone. Expect to write a full-length feature film to earn your screenwriting degree. This experience includes exploring all aspects of structure, character, settings, theme, obstacles and expressive writing and storytelling.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

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The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.