BA in Screenwriting Arts

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The major in screenwriting arts draws on the long and historic creative writing tradition at the University of Iowa by expanding undergraduate offerings to include a program in screenwriting. Students are instructed on practical skills and knowledge needed to become successful members of the screenwriting industry, but they also learn about the history and theories related to screenwriting, encouraging writing and the production of cinema to rise to the level of art.

The Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in screenwriting arts requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 42 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They must earn a minimum of 30 s.h. for the major at the University of Iowa, with at least 15 s.h. in cinematic arts courses (prefix CINE) taken at the University of Iowa.

Students may earn a minor in cinema. They must complete at least 12 s.h. in courses offered by the Department of Cinematic Arts that are not required for the screenwriting arts major. A maximum of 3 s.h. for both the cinematic arts minor and the screenwriting major may be double counted. A maximum of 56 s.h. may be taken in Department of Cinematic Arts courses (prefix CINE).

Screenwriting arts students may earn a cinema major if the requirements for each major are met and no more than 7 s.h. are double counted between majors. The foundation/core courses, CINE:1601 Introduction to Film Analysis (3 s.h.) and CINE:1834 Modes of Film and Video Production (4 s.h.), are required for both majors. A maximum of 56 s.h. may be taken in Department of Cinematic Arts courses (prefix CINE).

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Internship Opportunities

The major does not require an internship, but an internship (CINE:1185 Internship) is an elective course option (see "Elective Courses" below). The Department of Cinematic Arts strongly encourages students to participate in internships and related activities.

Honors in the Major

Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Departmental honors students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in all UI course work and a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.50 in all courses completed for the major. In addition, they must complete CINE:4198 Honors Project I or CINE:4199 Honors Project II, and a thesis or project.


For more information, please contact:
Paula Amad
Chair, Department of Cinematic Arts

Jacquie Albrecht
Administrator, Department of Cinematic Arts