Writing for the Screen and Stage Minor

Department of Communication

http://comm.unc.edu

115 Bingham Hall, CB# 3285

(919) 962-2311

Dana Coen, Director

rcoen@unc.edu

Patricia Parker, Chair

Sarah Dempsey, Director of Undergraduate Studies

sedempse@email.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 the following prerequisite courses:

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
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 Preference given to communication studies majors.

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  Requires permission from the department.

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 Open to all students.

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 Restricted to honor students.

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.

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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.

Core Requirements 1
COMM/DRAM 131Writing for the Screen and Stage3
COMM 430History of American Screenwriting3
COMM 433Intermediate Screenwriting3
COMM 537Master Screenwriting3
DRAM 120Play Analysis H3
Total Hours15
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

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 Students must achieve a C grade or better in core requirements.

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 Screenwriting3
Senior (or Junior) Year Fall Semester
COMM 537Master Screenwriting3
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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 the program pages in CommunicationDramatic Art, and English and Comparative Literature for special opportunities.