Writing for the Screen and Stage Minor

Department of Communication

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Dana Coen, Director

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Patricia Parker, Chair

Sarah Dempsey, Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Writing for the screen and stage is an interdisciplinary program drawing upon the faculties and resources of the Department of Communication, the Department of Dramatic Art, and the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The minor provides students from all disciplines the opportunity to focus on the craft of dramatic writing and is designed for those considering writing careers in theater, film, television, or the Web.

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Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Candidates must be first-year or sophomore students with a 2.4 grade point average or better to begin the minor and must have taken one of the following prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite (select one):
COMM 330Introduction to Writing for Film and Television 13
DRAM 231Playwriting I 23
ENGL 130Introduction to Fiction Writing 33
ENGL 132HFirst-Year Honors: Introduction to Fiction Writing 43

The prerequisite may be waived with the approval of the director of the minor.

An application is required for acceptance; please visit the Writing for Screen and Stage Minor's Web site to review this process. Continued participation in the minor is based on the student’s work and the recommendation of the program’s instructors.

Core Requirements 1
COMM/DRAM 131Writing for the Screen and Stage 23
COMM 430History of American Screenwriting3
COMM 433Intermediate Screenwriting 23
COMM 537Master Screenwriting 23
DRAM 120Play Analysis H3
Total Hours15
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans can be used as a guide to identify the courses required to complete the major and other requirements needed for degree completion within the expected eight semesters. The actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Students should meet with their academic advisor to create a degree plan that is specific and unique to their interests. The sample plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UNC–Chapel Hill in the fall term. Some courses may not be offered every term.

The following sequence of courses is recommended:

Junior (or Sophomore) Year Fall Semester
COMM/DRAM 131Writing for the Screen and Stage3
DRAM 120Play Analysis H3
Junior (or Sophomore) Year Spring Semester
COMM 430History of American Screenwriting3
COMM 433Intermediate Screenwriting3
Senior (or Junior) Year Fall Semester
COMM 537Master Screenwriting3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

The following courses are recommended but are not required to complete the minor:

COMM 334Writing the One-Hour TV Drama3
COMM 335Film Story Analysis3
COMM 535Introduction to Screen Adaptation3
DRAM 135Acting for Nonmajors3
COMM 390Special Topics in Communication Study (Writing the Full-Length Play)3
COMM 390Special Topics in Communication Study (Visual Storytelling)3

See the program pages in CommunicationDramatic Art, and English and Comparative Literature for special opportunities.