May be elected as an interdisciplinary concentration program
The integration of the disciplines of playwriting and screenwriting into a joint concentration in Dramatic Writing unites two artistic endeavors which logically belong together in an academic context just as they are united in the cultural world. This concentration centralizes the study of dramatic writing as text and as art form, providing students with a logically structured concentration that emphasizes a global approach to the analysis, study, and creation of dramatic texts. The curriculum for the Dramatic Writing concentration provides strong historical and theoretical grounding that stresses the inter-relatedness of the intellectual study and creative production of dramatic texts. It is our belief that better writers are made of those who are well read, but also of those who have the opportunity to be immersed in the creative production of texts for the stage or for the moving image (film, video, studio television, digital images). Studying the liberal art of dramatic writing can make a better, more thoughtful reader and viewer of the students in this concentration who may ultimately decide to pursue a career other than that of professional author. The goal of this concentration, then, is not merely to produce technically skilled screenwriters and playwrights, but also to acquaint student writers with the full range of excellent plays, films, and productions that have preceded them.
The Dramatic Writing Program ensures an integrated and creative approach to dramatic texts and provides formal advisory guidance to writers who are presently on their own and may be constructing an arbitrarily assembled course of study rather than receiving comprehensive training. The program provides student playwrights with as full a command of their craft as possible through the optional playwriting sequence (6 credits). Similarly, screenwriting is studied as it emerges from both visual and literary forms. Students may gain more extensive creative experience in screenwriting through the sequence devoted to this dramatic art. The program seeks to enrich the training of students interested in screenwriting by exposing them to the building-block fundamentals of theatrical form (scene and act construction, dialogue, character, theme) while broadening the instruction our playwrights receive by having them study the virtues of cinematic technique (story, pace, editing, visual composition).
Valuable forums offer students the opportunity to see their work in production and promote our integrated approach to the creation and study of dramatic texts. Students will have a public forum for presenting productions from their work at Theater's regularly-presented Shorts Festival and Film and Video Studies' End of the Semester Student Festival.
Undergraduate Committee. Students who wish to consult or petition the program regarding any requirement should submit a written request addressed to the Program Undergraduate Committee, 2512 Frieze Building.
The Avery and Jule Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing. Under the terms of the will of Avery Hopwood, a member of the Class of 1905, the annual income from a generous endowment fund is distributed in prizes for creative work in four fields: dramatic writing, fiction, poetry, and the essay. Competition is open to qualified students enrolled in any school or college of the University. Entrants must, however, be enrolled in a designated writing course elected through the Department of English Language and Literature, Residential College, the Program in Film and Video Studies, or the Department of Theatre. For full information about the conditions of competition contact the Hopwood Program Associate, 1006 Angell Hall, 764-6296.
The Leonard and Eileen Newman Prize for Dramatic Writing. Students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts may submit dramatic writing - screenplays, stage plays or teleplays - for consideration to the Leonard and Eileen Newman Prize for Dramatic Writing. The winner will receive an award of $1000, to be announced as part of the Hopwood Awards ceremony. Full information about entry is available in The Program in Film and Video Studies office, 2512 Frieze Building. 764-0147.
Prerequisites to the concentration. Theater 211/English 245/RC Hums. 280, Introduction to Drama and Theater, and Film and Video Studies 200, Introduction to Film, Video, and Television Production. Application is selective. It should be made to the concentration through submission of the student's writing portfolio, with a letter of application and copies of course transcripts.
Concentration Program. 30 credits as follows:
Theater 242. Directing II
English 327. Playwriting II
Film and Video 310. Screenwriting I
Any course listed in 3a not used to meet the 3a requirements
Comparative Literature 436
English 317, 319, 367, 368, 445, 446, 450, 467
Film/Video 361, 414, 420, 440, 441, 442, 455, 460, 461, 470
German 330, 331
Music History and Musicology 413
Musical Theatre 441, 442
Russian 463, 470
Advising. Students who may be interested in a concentration in Dramatic Writing are encouraged to consult with a Program advisor. Appointments are scheduled at Frieze Building, Room 2512. Phone 764-0147.