Course Syllabus


Course Description

"Navigating the World of Screenwriting: Your Comprehensive Guide"

Stepping into the realm of screenwriting can often feel like venturing into a vast, uncharted territory. With its blend of creative artistry and technical precision, screenwriting can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Our course, "Navigating the World of Screenwriting: Your Comprehensive Guide," is designed for those budding storytellers who are passionate about crafting cinematic tales but might be unsure where to begin.

Why choose screenwriting? With the rise of streaming platforms and a growing appetite for diverse content worldwide, there's never been a better time to dive into the world of screenwriting. According to recent statistics, the global box office revenue is anticipated to reach over $50 billion by 2023. This boom in the industry offers an array of opportunities for screenwriters, both new and seasoned.

However, for those just starting, there are foundational principles to grasp. A well-structured script is paramount; without adhering to industry standards, even the most compelling stories can be overlooked. For instance, understanding the traditional three-act structure might seem rudimentary, but it's an essential framework, proven to engage audiences for decades. By mastering such basics, you enhance your chances of your screenplay getting the attention it deserves.

Our course doesn't just stop at the technicalities. While ensuring you're well-equipped with the nuts and bolts of screenplay format and structure, we delve deeper into the nuanced world of storytelling. Learn about the history of screenplays and how this art form has evolved over the years. Discover the different markets, current trends, and where emerging writers can find their niche. By understanding these aspects, you'll be in a better position to carve out a space for yourself in this competitive landscape.

Additionally, this course emphasizes the importance of integrity and sensitivity in storytelling. As a screenwriter, you wield significant power in shaping narratives and influencing audiences. Thus, it's crucial to approach topics with care and avoid unnecessary exploitation, ensuring that your stories are both impactful and respectful.

Here's a sneak peek into our curated curriculum:

  1. Why Get into Screenwriting and What are My Chances of Success?

    • Understand the allure of screenwriting.
    • Realistic expectations: success rates, challenges, and potential returns.
  2. A Brief History of the Screenplay

    • Journey through time: from early theater scripts to modern cinematic screenplays.
  3. Markets, Current Trends, and Where Beginners Fit In

    • Grasp the current industry landscape and find your unique spot.

... [The rest of the lessons continue as previously listed, but each will delve deeper into their respective topics, supported by case studies, real-world examples, and practical exercises.]

By the end of our 17 lessons, you'll not only have a robust foundational understanding of screenwriting but also gain insights into the professional world, from approaching agents to making your mark in Hollywood. Whether you're aiming for the big screens or finding solace in smaller projects, there's a place for every storyteller.

Remember, while winning an Oscar might be a dream for many, the journey of screenwriting offers its own set of joys – the thrill of creating characters, the satisfaction of completing a script, and the possibility of seeing your vision come alive on screen.

Join us on this comprehensive journey, and let's navigate the mesmerizing world of screenwriting together. Your story awaits!

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify why choose screenwriting as a career and estimate the chances of success.
  • Describe the history and evolution of the screenplay.
  • Describe markets, current trends, and where beginners fit in.
  • Summarize mastering screenplay format.
  • Describe story types, genre, and targeting your script to sell.
  • Describe mastering plot, story, and basic three act structure.
  • Describe mastering characters and character development.
  • Describe writing comedy.
  • Describe writing action stories.
  • Describe writing dialogue.
  • Define work environment and professional standards.
  • Summarize getting representation.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introduction 1 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 1 Review 15 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 2 Review 15 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 3 Review 14 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 4 Review 14 points
Lesson 5 Review 15 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 6 Review 15 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 7 Review 14 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 8 Review 14 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 9 Review 15 points
Lesson 10 Review 15 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 11 Review 15 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 12 Review 14 points
Lesson 13 Review 15 points
Lesson 14 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 14 Review 14 points
Lesson 15 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 15 Review 15 points
Lesson 16 Review 15 points
Lesson 17 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 17 Review 15 points
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