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School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 335

CTWR 409 Fundamentals of Screenwriting: Character, Conflict, and Story (4 units)
Description: Introduction to writing compelling scenes, creating authentic characters, three act structure, and feature film outlining.

CTWR 411 Television Script Analysis (2 units)
Description: In-depth analysis of the craft of writing prime-time episodic television. Examination of situation comedies and dramas through weekly screenings and lectures.

CTWR 422 Creating the Dramatic Television Series (2 units)
Description: Examination and creation of the world, characters, and concept for an original hour-long dramatic series. Writing an outline for an original dramatic pilot.

CTWR 430 Comedy Writers and Their Work (2 units)
Description: Detailed investigation of specific comedy writers, comedy genres, and the works they've influenced. Lectures include screenings and visiting screenwriters.

CTWR 431 Screenwriters and Their Work (2 units)
Description: Detailed investigation of a specific screenwriter's style and the works they've influenced. Lectures include screenings and visiting screenwriters.

CTWR 432 Television Writers and Their Work (2 units)
Description: Detailed investigation of various television writers' styles, the worlds they have created, and the works they've influenced. Lectures include screenings and visiting television writers.

CTWR 516 Advanced Motion Picture Script Analysis (2 units)
Description: Critical analysis of the structure of films from the classics to current award winners. Students will learn how to identify key story concepts and break down three act structure in finished films and scripts.

CTWR 523 Introduction to the Screenplay (4 units)
Description: Introduction to formal elements of the screenplay through lectures and the workshopping of a complete first draft of a feature-length script. Prerequisite: CTAN 536 or CTWR 505 or CTWR 518. Recommended preparation: CTWR 516.