Course Description

This course is for anyone who loves movies and is interested in learning how to write a screenplay. Film is a visual medium, but it all starts with a great idea and a well-written script. You will learn to generate concepts, structure a screenplay, and use dialogue, conflict, and characters to bring your story to life on film. Fun and informative, the class incorporates film clips, creative exercises, writing assignments and samples of screenplays from successful movies. This course is open to all levels of writers. 

Course Details

By completion of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between screenplays, novels or plays
  • Identify and explain the three-act story structure and various plot points in a film
  • Describe screenplay formatting
  • Identify core elements of a good screenplay such as character, plot, dialogue, and theme
  • Develop an outline for a short film
  • Write an effective scene

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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Feb 02, 2021 to Mar 08, 2021
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $295.00
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  • Joanne Wannan
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Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students who are unfamiliar with online learning are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online prior to enrolling in this course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.


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