Requirements-BFA-in-Film-and-Television-Screenwriting

Bachelor of Fine Arts 2016-2017

Film and Television


Screenwriting Concentration


Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 192 credit hours
  • 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.

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
TV 110 Foundations of Television
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy I
1 Arts & Literature
Second Year
ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors
OR ANI 201 Animation I
DC 221 Film Structure for Majors
DC 229 Television Genres
OR DC 230 Television Genres for Majors
DC 272 Introduction to Television Writing
DC 301 Writing the Feature Screenplay
DC 302 Advanced Screenwriting II
DC 270 Topics in Digital Cinema
OR DC 370 Advanced Topics in Cinema
DC 273 Film Aesthetics: Time, Space, and Memory
DC 300 Story Development
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar on Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Arts & Literature
1 Understanding the Past
Third Year
DC 304 Topics in Screenwriting
DC 305 Pitching Seminar
DC 306 Writing the Sitcom
OR DC 307 Writing the Episodic Drama
DC 328 Writing the Web Series
OR DC 383 Comedy, Joke, and Sketch Writing
OR DC 341 Storytelling for Video Games
DC 303 Rewriting the Feature Film Script
OR DC 344 Advanced Screenwriting Lab
DC 308 Writing on Assignment
DC 347 Adaptation
MCS 383 Talking About Film: Theory and Criticism
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Experiential Learning
1 Scientific Inquiry Lab or Science as a Way of Knowing
Fourth Year
DC 330 Rewriting the Original Television Pilot
OR DC 344 Advanced Screenwriting Lab
TV 301 The Writers Room: Developing the Hour Long Drama
OR TV 302 The Writers Room: Developing the Half Hour Comedy
DC 309 Feature Development
DC 346 Scene Writing
DC 389 Introduction to the Motion Picture Industry
OR TV 289 The Business of Television
DC 397 Capstone Development
DC 398 Digital Cinema Capstone
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Social, Cultural, and Behavioral 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.