BFA in Screenwriting Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the BFA in Screenwriting, in addition to the Learning Objectives shared by all of our undergraduate programs, we aim for our students to be able to perform the following abilities as outlined in the categories below:

Depth and breadth of knowledge

  • Understand and explain the key concepts of screenwriting craft; the role and contribution of the screenwriter to the filmmaking process and in the film and television industries; and the relationship of the screenwriters’ creative choices to the practical aspects of film production.
  • View completed films and identify the screenwriter’s contribution and the contribution of others to the construction of the story.
  • Reflect critically on the conventions of film storytelling.

Knowledge of methodologies

  • Understand the techniques, formats and style of story breakdowns, outlines, treatments, and screenplays.
  • Identify current trends and major practitioners of the screenwriting craft.
  • Perceive the contribution of story in the construction of non-dramatic films such as documentary and experimental films.

Application of knowledge

  • Write screenplays with correct and effective use of screenwriting craft.
  • Work creatively with character, conflict, plot, theme, setting, dialogue, subtext, style, tone, genre, scene, sequence, act, climax, protagonist, antagonism, and other particular elements of the well-crafted screenplay.
  • Receive constructive feedback and revise work effectively.
  • Write screenplays for short film, feature film and television formats.

Communications skills

  • Convey story ideas both orally and in writing with clarity, conviction and style.
  • Give peer feedback on screenplays in progress with respect, firmness and constructiveness.
  • Express a distinct and personal view of the world through story.
  • Advocate for their story in the filmmaking process.

Awareness of limitations of knowledge

  • Comprehend the progressive nature of screenplay development and the need for continued rewriting beyond course limitations.
  • Consider the personal, subjective and creative aspects of screenwriting and seek to use craft accordingly.

Autonomy and professional capacity.

  • Write with the rigorous discipline of the committed writer.
  • Work on both self-assigned and commissioned stories
  • Understand the role of screenwriters and others in the industry, and how to present screenplays and story ideas to industry gatekeepers.