Whether you have dreams of writing blockbusters, developing documentaries or working with other writers on sitcoms, SNHU's online BA in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Screenwriting is an excellent way to hone your writing skills and put your passion to work.
The classes in this specialized screenwriting degree online are based on a comprehensive study of creative writing, with a special focus on story structure, character development and the visual medium of film. You'll have the opportunity to explore all of the forms that screenwriting takes - feature-length and short films, television episodes and miniseries, commercial and Internet-based video.
While creative writing is at the core of this program, your screenwriting classes will place a special emphasis on visual storytelling. Designed by experienced and distinguished faculty, this creative writing program will give you a powerful understanding of how story, character, theme, action, visuals and dialogue intertwine to create a visual moment in time. The format for the screenwriting degree online program encourages collaboration and direct interaction with faculty and peers. You'll also have the chance to get published and learn from experienced authors through The Penmen Review, our own online journal for writers.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your bachelor's in creative writing online at SNHU include:
The visual medium of film has never been larger and audiences have never been more engaged. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of authors and writers is expected to grow by 8% through 2026.* 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.
Our online creative writing degree courses are taught by highly credentialed and accomplished instructors, including critically acclaimed writers with deep insights into the industry.
SNHU's bachelor's in screenwriting program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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