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BFA MPT - Screenwriting

First Year - 30.0 Units

First Semester 12.0 Units

  • MPT_105: Cinematic Storytelling
    [Core]
  • MPT_110: Nonlinear Computer Editing 1: Principles of Editing
    [Core]
  • MPT_133: Short Film 1: Principles of Short Film
    [Core]
  • MPT_120: Respect for Acting
    [Core]

Second Semester 18.0 Units

  • MPT_130: Motion Picture Language
    [Core]
  • MPT_231: Non-Linear Computer Editing 2
    [Core]
  • LA_108: Composition for the Artist
    [Liberal Arts: Written Communications requirement]
  • MPT_166: Short Film 2: Crafting the Short Film Script
    [Major]
  • MPT_205: Introduction to Producing
    [Core] *To be taken in Summer semester
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts By Advisement Course] *To be taken in Summer semester (Suggested: LA 365 Psychology)

Second Year - 36.0 Units

Third Semester 15.0 Units

  • MPT_233: Short Film 3: Writing Shorts for Production
    [Major]
  • MPT_239: Feature Film 1: Story Development
    [Major]
  • (MPT_260: Cinematography 1: Film, OR MPT_261: Cinematography 1: Digital)
    [Core] [Core]
  • (LA_202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument, OR LA_280: Perspective Journalism)
    [Liberal Arts: Written Communications requirement] [Liberal Arts: Written Communications requirement]
  • LA_120: Art History through the 15th Century
    [Liberal Arts: Art Historical Awareness requirement]

Fourth Semester 21.0 Units

  • MPT_266: Short Film 4: The Short Film Rewrite
    [Major]
  • MPT_269: Feature Film 2: Writing Act 1
    [Major]
  • MPT_225: Introduction to Sound/Foley & Effects
    [Core]
  • MPT_140: Lighting 1: The Art of Seeing Light
    [Core]
  • MPT_377: Principles of Directing
    [Core] ---MIDPOINT REVIEW---
  • LA_121: Art History through the 19th Century
    [Liberal Arts: Art Historical Awareness requirement] *To be taken in Summer semester.
  • LA_291: Designing Careers
    [Liberal Arts: Employment Communications & Practices requirement] *To be taken in Summer semester.

Third Year - 36.0 Units

Fifth Semester 15.0 Units

  • MPT_339: Feature Film 3: Writing Acts 2 & 3
    [Major]
  • MPT_299: Blocking & Breakdown: From the Page to the Shoot
    [Major]
  • MPT_244: Dialogue 1
    [Major]
  • (LA_110: English Composition: Narrative Storytelling, OR LA_133: Short Form Writing)
    [Liberal Arts: Written Communications requirement] [Liberal Arts: Written Communications requirement]
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts by Advisement] **Suggestion: LA 370 Abnormal Psychology

Sixth Semester 21.0 Units

  • MPT_369: Feature Film 4: The Feature Film Rewrite
    [Major]
  • (MPT_297: Writing for Film Genre, OR MPT_323: Adaptation)
    [Major] [Major]
  • ***_***:
    [Major]
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts: Historical Awareness requirement]
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts: Quantitative Literacy requirement]
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts: Art Historical Awareness requirement]*To be taken in Summer.
  • ***_***:
    [Art Elective 1] *To be taken in Summer.

Fourth Year - 30.0 Units

Seventh Semester 12.0 Units

  • MPT_439: Feature Film 5: Writing the Second Script
    [Major]
  • (MPT_435: Writing for Television, OR MPT_499: Special Topics)
    [Major] [Major]
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts: Cultural Ideas & Influence requirement]
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts: Art Historical Awareness requirement]

Eighth Semester 18.0 Units

  • MPT_495: Demo Reel: Transitioning to the Film Industry
    [Core]
  • MPT_469: Feature Film 6: Rewriting the Second Script
    [Major]
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts By Advisement Course]
  • ***_***:
    [Art Elective 2]
  • ***_***:
    [Liberal Arts By Advisement Course] *To be taken in Summer.
  • ***_***:
    [Art Elective 3] *To be taken in Summer.