Program Overview

Discover your voice and develop your talents with the online B.A. in Writing for Screen and Media from Point Park University. Storytellers are needed in today’s job market for everything from television and movies to video games and internet platforms. As one of only a handful of programs of its kind in the nation, it helps writers gain the skills they need to successfully manage their own creative careers.

Curriculum Overview

Taught by award-winning professionals, our curriculum emphasizes individual artistic development and the shaping of narrative. The online format uniquely prepares students for the practical realities of working in the format and medium required for their chosen careers.
Graduates will complete a full portfolio of work, giving them an edge in a highly competitive job market.

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  • Next Start Date:August 20, 2017
  • Est. Program Length:2 - 4 Years
  • Credit Hours:120
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$412
Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)

Required Courses:

  • COM. 101 – 3 credits
  • ENGL. 101 – 3 credits
  • UNIV. 101 – 3 credits
  • Senior Capstone – CINE 406 C credits

Choose thematic core courses in the following:

  • Explore the World (Choice 1) – 3 credits
  • Explore the World (Choice 2) – 3 credits
  • Investigate Science – 3 credits
  • Investigate Mathematics – 3 credits
  • Interpret Creative Works – 3 credits
  • Understand People (Choice 1) – 3 credits
  • Understand People (Choice 2) – 3 credits
  • Succeed in Business – 3 credits
  • Appreciate & Apply the Arts – 3 credits
  • Discover Technology – 3 credits
Departmental Major Requirements (45 credits)
  • CINE 101 – Intro to Cinema – 3 credits
  • CINE 102 – History of Cinema – 3 credits
  • CINE 105 – Intro to Screenwriting – 3 credits
  • CINE 110 – History of International Cinema – 3 credits
  • CINE 150 – Production I – 6 credits
  • CINE 205 – Narrative Structure of Cinema – 3 credits
  • CINE 208 – Classical and Modern Drama – 3 credits
  • BMGT 221- Business Comm. & Research – 3 credits
  • CINE 305 – Intermediate Screenwriting – 3 credits
  • CINE 306 – Story Analysis – 3 credits
  • CINE 3___ – Writing for Television (Choose one of the following: CINE 362, CINE 363, CINE 368 or CINE 369) – 3 credits
  • CINE 405 – Advanced Screenwriting – 3 credits
  • CINE 406 – Advanced Screenwriting II – C credits
  • CINE 412 – The Professional Writer’s Life – 3 credits
  • CINE 416 – Rewriting the Script – 3 credits
Major Elective Requirements (12 credits)

In addition to the Writing for Television Requirement, students may take other TV courses as electives. Students may select four of the following courses:

  • CINE 301 – Cinema Studies – 3 credits
  • CINE 302 – Cinema Authors – 3 credits
  • CINE 308 – History of Television – 3 credits
  • CINE 326 – Acting and Directing for Writers and Filmmakers< – 3 credits/li>
  • *CINE 350 – Production III (*With Program Director Approval Only. May count as a Major or General Elective.) – 6 credits
  • CINE 362 – Writing the Half-hour TV Comedy – 3 credits
  • CINE 363 – Writing the Hour TV Drama – 3 credits
  • CINE 365 – Writing the Adaptation – 3 credits
  • CINE 367 – Writing Video Games – 3 credits
  • CINE 368 – Writing TV Animation – 3 credits
  • CINE 369 – Writing the Web Series – 3 credits
  • CINE 398 – Production Crew (Up to 3 Times) – 1 credit
  • CINE 495 – Special Topics – 3 credits
  • CINE 498 – Internship – 3 credits
  • CINE 499 –Independent Study – 3 credits
Media Electives (9 credits)

Students may select three of the following courses:

  • JOUR 150 – Journalistic Writing and Editing 3
  • JOUR 220 – Writing for the Multimedia and Web 3
  • JOUR 255 – Public Relations Writing 3
  • JOUR 306 – Social Media Practices 3
General Electives (12 credits)

Electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.A. in Writing for Screen and Media program should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit official transcripts. To submit your transcripts, print and complete the official transcript request form and fax it to 1-800-473-2512.
  3. Submit a creative portfolio.
  4. Complete interview with faculty.

Career Outcomes

Earning a bachelor’s degree can open the door to new professional opportunities. Because the B.A. in Writing for Screen and Media curriculum is personally designed by each student, you can build your program of study to support your unique career goals.

  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media Management
  • Content Creation
  • Advertising
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Official Transcripts

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