Writing for the Screen and Stage Minor

Department of Communication

http://comm.unc.edu

115 Bingham Hall, CB# 3285

(919) 962-2311

Professor Dana Coen, Director

rcoen@unc.edu

Torin Monahan, Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies (spring 2017)

torin.monahan@unc.edu

Tony Perucci, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Perucci@unc.edu

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. 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 COMM 330, DRAM 231, ENGL 130, or ENGL 132H. 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 website to review this process. Continued participation in the minor is based on the student’s work and the recommendation of the program’s instructors. Students must achieve a C grade or better in core requirements.

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Requirements 

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

  • take at least 9 credits 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.

Core Requirements
COMM/DRAM 131Writing for the Screen and Stage3
COMM 430History of American Screenwriting3
COMM 433Intermediate Scriptwriting3
COMM 537Master Screenwriting3
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.

COMM 131/DRAM 131, COMM 433, and COMM 537 must be taken in consecutive semesters.

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 Scriptwriting3
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
DRAM 331Playwriting II3

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