Discover your voice and develop your talents with the online Bachelor of Arts 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, the online B.A. in Writing for Screen and Media program helps writers gain the skills they need to successfully manage their own creative careers.
The curriculum is taught by award-winning professionals and includes online courses in screenwriting and media production as well as courses designed to help students create content for journalism, television, video games, TV animation and more. The online format uniquely prepares students for the practical realities of working the format and medium required for their chosen careers. Students will complete a full portfolio of work, giving them an edge in a highly competitive job market.Request Info
Our faculty know the power of storytelling. Discover how that power relates to you with Writing for the Screen and Media professor Rick Hawkins.
CINE 362 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy
With its origins in radio and its future in new media, the situation comedy has been a staple of television since its inception. In this course students study the classics of the genre, write an episode of a current situation comedy, and develop and pitch an original concept for a comedy series. Prerequisite: CINE 305.
CINE 363 – Writing the Hour TV Drama
One of the principle forms of entertainment on television, the hour drama has remained popular with audiences for generations. In this course students examine the classics of the genre, write an episode of a current hour drama, and develop and pitch an original concept for a series. Prerequisite: CINE 305.
CINE 368 – TV Animation Writing
Television animation scripts look very much like all other kinds of scripts. Yet there are numerous differences, some subtler than others, between writing for animators to interpret rather than writing for those who produce live-action motion pictures and television. Writing for TV Animation provides students an opportunity to explore the craft of creating speculative screenplays for existing television series, enabling each student to gain and in-depth understanding of what is required to work as a professional writer in the TV animation industry. Prerequisites: CINE 305.
CINE 369 – Writing the Web Series
Students will study and practice the essential elements and conventions for writing, producing, marketing, and distributing the web series including concept, character, structure, budget, and audience. Students will write the pilot episode for an original web series as well as four polished episodes of their web series.
Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.A. in Writing for Screen and Media program should complete the following steps:
Those who work in the film industry use their communication skills to help tell compelling stories for varied audiences. They may outline story ideas, craft fascinating characters, adapt other written works for the screen format, conduct research and much more. Job titles include screenwriters, script editors, script readers, script supervisors or development professionals.
Journalism spans print, radio, television and internet formats. Professionals in journalism must be skilled in written and verbal communication, research, critical thinking, hitting deadlines and assessing the appropriate ways to present stories for varied media sources. Journalism professionals may hold job titles such as broadcast journalist, editorial assistant, publicist, copy editor or reporter.
Professionals in public relations work to influence how organizations are perceived by the public. They must be keenly aware of and have the capacity to successfully analyze current events and industry trends. Specific areas within this field may include media relations, market communication, community relations, special events, crisis management, research and employee communication.
Those in social media management handle the daily operations and overall strategies for an organization’s social media efforts. Responsibilities such as scheduling posts, managing online communities, participating in digital conversations, providing customer service or designing approaches for SEO practices are common. Specific job titles might include content manager, content strategist, engagement coordinator, community manager or interactive media associate.
Content creation professionals help organizations sell their products and services by writing and designing content that is easy for search engines to find. They may conduct research and write blogs or news articles as well as copy for banner ads, landing pages and product descriptions. Job titles may include copywriter, media content creator or digital content creator.
Those in advertising work to promote goods or services through media such as print, digital formats, radio and television. They may work in any stage of planning or executing campaigns, research audiences to better tailor their work and collaborate with teams to better understand the needs of their clients. Specific job titles may include copy associate, editor, media specialist, advertising assistant or media account manager.
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