The major in screenwriting arts complements and builds on the longstanding, renowned creative writing tradition at Iowa.
Students will learn practical skills and knowledge needed to become successful members of the screenwriting industry, but also study the history and theories related to screenwriting, thereby encouraging writing and the production of cinema to rise to the level of art.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
This degree requires 42 s.h. in the major. Students must earn 30 s.h. for the major at the University of Iowa, with at least 15 s.h. in cinematic arts courses. The curriculum includes introductory and core courses in the major, electives, and 9 s.h. in cinema or in a program such as theatre arts or creative writing. Students also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core requirements.
Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Foundational Understanding and Skills (finding and forming ideas, learning research methods, the history and genres of narrative forms and styles, and history of world cinema and film language)
- Executing, Developing, and Completing Screenplay Projects (step-by-step screenwriting models, editing, workshopping, and revising screenwriting drafts)
- Practical Skills and Screen Industry Knowledge (oral communication skills, filmmaking processes including sound, cinematography, editing, directing, and networking and building communities)
A second major may be earned in cinema if the requirements for each major are met and no more than 7 s.h. are double-counted between majors.
Students may earn a minor in cinema by completing 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.
See Screenwriting Arts in the UI General Catalog to learn more about required course work and graduating with honors.