BA Creative Writing: Screenwriting Degree Online


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Is SNHU’s Screenwriting Degree Online Program Right for You?

Whether you have dreams of writing blockbusters, developing documentaries or you want to work with other writers on sitcoms, this online screenwriting degree program at SNHU is an excellent way to hone your writing skills and make your passion a reality.

This bachelor's in screenwriting online program is based on a comprehensive study of creative writing, with a special focus on story structure, character development and the visual medium of film. You will explore all of the forms that screenwriting takes - feature-length and short films, television episode and mini-series, commercial and internet-based video.

Why a Screenwriting Degree online from SNHU?

While creative writing is at the core of this Bachelor of Arts degree, the screenwriting concentration places a special emphasis on visual storytelling. Designed by experienced and distinguished faculty, this online screenwriting degree program will give you a powerful understanding of how story, character, theme, action, visuals and dialogue intertwine to create a visual moment in time. Also, the format for the screenwriting degree online program encourages collaboration, and direct interaction with faculty and peers is an ongoing occurrence that encourages creativity and spurs the imagination.

Why is there a focus on Screenwriting?

The art of visual storytelling begins with the script. It is essential for the aspiring screenwriter to understand how the elements of plot, scene and character need to be translated into a working script - which is where SNHU's screenwriting degree online program comes in.

Employment Opportunities for Screenwriters

The visual medium of film has never been larger and audiences have never been more engaged. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry is expected to grow by 19 percent by 2020. Blockbuster movies, independent films and shorts, commercials, television dramas and sitcoms all rest their success on the backbone of their scripts. Whether you pursue an independent career and develop scripts or write for specific projects, the future has never been more wide open for talented screenwriters.

Visit our Career Development Center online to learn more about career opportunities in Creative Writing.

Transfer of Credit

If you're a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

Required Core Courses

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

FAS-201: Introduction to Humanities I
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-202.
FAS-202: Introduction to Humanities II
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Early Modernism while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-201.

Select One of the Following:

COM-212: Public Speaking
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
HIS-114: United States History II: 1865-Present
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War. The economic, political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined. Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.
PHL-210: Introduction to Philosophy
This course provides a general introduction to the big questions of philosophy, including questions of existence, knowledge, freedom and meaning. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to great thinkers and theories while engaging them in the exploration of the same beginning questions applied to contemporary issues. Offered every semester.

Creative Writing and English (BA) Online Major Courses

ENG-226: Introduction to Creative Writing
An introductory creative writing course designed to acquaint students with the craft of creating writing and the skills that will be required in subsequent creative writing workshops. Students will explore such craft issues as point of view, voice, characterization, dialogue, setting, conflict, rhythm, imagery, poetic structure, and dramatic scene development. Students will be expected to submit a number of writing exercises, including stories and poems. Student will also be expected to read and comment on their peers' writing with thoughtful and constructive criticism, as well as read and discuss published work.
ENG-340: Context of Writing: Writers/Publishing
ENG 340 is a survey course in contemporary literature designed for students interested in creative writing. Students will be asked to read contemporary American authors such as Jennifer Egan, Lev Grossman, Joan Didion, Ben Lerner, Sheila Heti, James Wood, Curtis Sittenfeld, George Saunders and Karen Russell with special attention to prose style, structure, and the influence of modern and postmodern literary movements. Students will workshop each other's creative writing, informed by the aesthetic strategies they've gleaned from the reading material. Students will also receive an introduction to the culture and history of contemporary American book publishing and literary magazine publishing.
ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
ENG-350: The English Language
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary (morphology), phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or for becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
ENG-120 or 120H and junior standing or instructor
LIT-300: Literary Theory
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary critical theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts. Not available every semester.
ENG-120 or 120H and junior standing or instructor
LIT-319: Shakespeare
Students in LIT 319 study selected Shakespearian comedies, tragedies and chronicle plays. The course also provides the students with a general overview of the Elizabethan era and the world in which Shakespeare lived and worked. Not available every semester.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H

LIT ELE - Students may select one 200-level Literature elective
LIT ELE - Students may select one 400-level Literature elective

Screenwriting Concentration

ENG-323: Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop
This is the first of three courses in screenwriting. This is a roundtable forum in which students will write short screenplays. Members of the class will read and respond to screenplays produced by other artists, write their own screenplays and take turns presenting them to their class for comment and feedback.
ENG-347: Intermediate Screenwriting Workshop
This is the second of three courses in screenwriting. This course extends the students' knowledge and skills in creating their own screenplays. During this class members will continue to produce screenplays and present their work to the group for comment and discussion.
ENG-357: Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
This is the last of three courses in screenwriting. Members of this class will continue to produce screenplays and present their work to the group for comment and discussion. Upon completion of this final workshop, students' will receive extensive hands-on practice and personalized feedback from their instructor and colleagues as they create their own screenplays.
ENG-421: New Media: Writing and Publishing
This course introduces students to the latest trends in new media writing and publishing. Students will gain insight and practical understanding of how today's digital environment affects their field. This course will focus extensively on writing content for a variety of digital formats and employing media to showcase one's works.

Free Elective Credits: 33

Total Credits: 120

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