BA in Digital Cinema - Screenwriting

Bachelor of Arts 2010-2011

Digital Cinema

Screenwriting Concentration

This concentration features a program of study in advanced screenwriting in addition to core courses in cinema production, dramatic literature and cinema history/theory.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program . Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

Note Students must complete an ethics class as one of the Philosophical Inquiry or Religious Dimensions requirements. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

Students must complete the eight credit hour Mathematical and Technological Literacy requirement which is both LSP 120 and LSP 121. LSP 121 may replace one course from any one of the six Learning Domains as long as the student takes at least one course in each domain. In this sample schedule it replaces one Religious Dimensions requirement.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites.

First Year
DC 101 Screenwriting for Majors
DC 110 Foundations of Cinema for Majors
DC 222 Classic Hollywood Film Structure
MCS 207 History of Cinema I, 1890-1945
MCS 208 History of Cinema II, 1945-1975
MCS 209 History of Cinema III, 1975-Present
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
1 Arts & Literature
Second Year
DC 210 Digital Cinema Production I
DC 220 Editing I
DC 250 The Art of Screen Acting
DC 270 Topics in Digital Cinema
2 Major Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy I
LSP 121 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy II (formerly Isp 121)
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
Third Year
DC 301 Advanced Screenwriting I
DC 302 Advanced Screenwriting II
DC 303 Advanced Screenwriting III
DC 306 Writing the Sitcom
DC 235 Adaptation: the Cinematic Recrafting of Meaning
1 Major Elective
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Self, Society and the Modern world
1 Understanding the Past
1 Arts & Literature
Fourth Year
DC 307 Writing the Episodic Drama
DC 304 Topics in Screenwriting
DC 389 The Big Picture: the Entertainment Industry
DC 398 Digital Cinema Capstone (Capstone)
1 Major Elective
3 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Arts & Literature
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
1 Scientific Inquiry
1 Philosophical Inquiry
Major Electives
Major Electives can be chosen from any 200 level DC, ANI, VFX or TV courses.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalog for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.