A five-week intensive certificate program on creating a short-form television program
The Web Series Development Program is designed to explore the process of development and screenwriting of an independent short-form television series, otherwise known as web series. It will be taught, in Spanish, in a workshop format based on the operation of a professional writers room. We will focus on pitching ideas, script development and the revision of the different roles that make the writers room a creative and dynamic environment. The program also includes
three master classes (in English) with important faculty and industry professionals.
Upon successful completion of this course, student will:
- Recognize the structure and organization of a typical writers room of a television show
- Develop original short-form television series, either as a showrunner, story editor or staff writer
- Create Pitch Briefs, Season Outllines and Episodes for a television series created by themselves or one of their classmates
Students should note that this course will be in a Workshop format. That means that you must submit on time your assignments so showrunners may read and critique them. It also means that you must participate in session discussions of your classmates’ projects. We will function as closely to a Writers Room as we can, and that entails enthusiastic participation and offering constructive criticism, even if it’s not your own work. If you are not willing to do this, you must reconsider taking this course.
Students should have access to a stable desktop or laptop computer, running either Mac OS or Windows and equipped with a webcam, to complete the coursework. A reliable Internet connection to participate actively with video and audio is needed. Students will be asked to install some screenwriting software and must have full administrator rights to their computer in order to do so.
Questions? Please contact Yolanda Mondragon, Associate Director - DePaul CDM, Institute for Professional Development, at 312-362-6276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Quarter 2022:
The next session will be scheduled to begin in early June 2022, with registration deadlines in May. Specific dates to be announced.
Online: Sync Section
Days & Times: To be announced
These classes take place at a specific time on a specific day, with the instructor and all the students meeting online using a synchronous meeting tool like Zoom. Before selecting this option, please carefully consider your ability to actively participate in video and audio with a reliable internet connection.
Summer Quarter 2022
Requests to withdraw from the program and receive a full tuition refund must be received no later than the first week of classes (date to be announced). All requests must be submitted in writing to email@example.com. No-Shows to the program will not be refunded.
In the event sufficient enrollment is not reached three days before the program is scheduled to begin, the program will be cancelled and participants will be issued a full refund.
The program is open to college students with a firm grasp of the Spanish language, interested in the world of television. Although the program is taught in Spanish, international students should know basic English to navigate the course site and appreciate talks by guest speakers.
The Web Series Development Program is catalogued as a non-credit course of DePaul University. A certificate of completion from DePaul University is awarded to those who successfully complete the program's requirements. Program requirements include reading, homework assignments, and class participation. No midterm or final exams are conducted.
The Web Series Development Program is a graded course. A final grade letter as well as DePaul transcript (upon request) will be available upon program conclusion.