BA in Digital Cinema - Writing for Film and Television Concentration

Bachelor of Arts 2014-2015

Digital Cinema


Writing for Film and Television Concentration

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 WRD 103, WRD 104, and all Major and Minor courses
  • Earn a grade of D or higher in all other Liberal Studies and Open Elective courses
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will graduate cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will graduate magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will graduate 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 WRD 103 and WRD 104 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. Students must take one of the following ethics courses: DC 228/GAM 228/IT 228, PHL 248/MGT 248 or REL 228/MGT 228. 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.

Although students are free to take course requirements in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students follow these year-by-year suggestions, especially regarding the first-year major courses.

First Year
DC 101 Screenwriting for Majors
DC 110 Foundations of Cinema for Majors
DC 220 Editing I
DC 210 Digital Cinema Production I
DC 215 Introduction to Sound Design
DC 206 History of Cinema Production
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 222 Classic Hollywood Film Structure
DC 224 Script to Screen
DC 229 Television Genres
DC 301 Advanced Screenwriting I
DC 302 Advanced Screenwriting II
DC 272 Introduction to Television Writing
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
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
Third Year
DC 303 Rewriting the Feature Film Script
OR DC 330 Rewriting the Original Television Pilot
OR DC 344 Advanced Screenwriting Lab
DC 227 Film Philosophy
DC 309 Feature Development
DC 306 Writing the Sitcom
OR DC 307 Writing the Episodic Drama
OR DC 328 Writing the Web Series
DC 270 Topics in Digital Cinema
OR DC 370 Advanced Topics in Cinema
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
1 Philosophical Inquiry (Ethics)
1 Self, Society and the Modern world
1 Understanding the Past
1 Arts & Literature
Fourth Year
DC 305 Pitching Seminar
DC 308 Writing on Assignment
OR TV 301 The Writers Room: Developing the Hour Long Drama
OR TV 302 The Writers Room: Developing the Half Hour Comedy
DC 304 Topics in Screenwriting
DC 389 The Big Picture: The Entertainment Industry
DC 398 Digital Cinema Capstone (Capstone)
3 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Arts & Literature
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
1 Scientific Inquiry Lab
1 Philosophical Inquiry
Major Electives
No major elective courses are required.
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.