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Undergraduate | In-Person

Film & Television Writing, BA/BS

How does the story begin? And what comes next? A Belmont degree in film & television writing will help you create answers to those questions.

Why Major in Film & Television Writing? 

More channels, more studios, more streaming outlets... the hunger for content continues to increase across the world, and companies in the U.S. and abroad are looking for strong storytellers with compelling original ideas to entertain, educate and inspire their audiences. You can be that hero!

As a screenwriter, you'll work with other writers as well as actors, directors, production designers, editors, studios, networks and on and on to shepherd an idea to script and finally to screen. And there's simply nothing quite like seeing your story brought to life in cinematic fashion. 

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What You'll Learn

Starting freshman year at Belmont, Film & Television Writing majors learn the history of film and the structure of a well-designed story, then build on that foundation through script analysis, advancing levels of screenwriting, for television and film. Our goal is for you to leave Belmont with five fully developed, ready-to-go scripts. 

A great satisfaction in teaching is showing students they can do finer writing than they ever dreamed. Our writing faculty are Hollywood veterans with as much as 30 years experience who are deeply interested in students' learning and welfare. Our joy is collaborating in a building full of creative people who can't wait to make movies and television.

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Career Possibilities

As a Film and TV Writing major, you will be prepared for a broad variety of career options. You bring the heart and enthusiasm, and we'll help you develop your talent, work ethic and professionalism so that the world of film and television will open its doors to you. With the explosion in scripted and unscripted television, there's never been a better time to enter the industry.

A few of the jobs you will be prepared to pursue upon graduation include screenwriting for film, TV or video games; producer or production assistant; script editor; or an array of positions within the marketing and distribution of films and video projects (PR, social media strategists, etc.).



Program Details


A major in film & television writing leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and requires a total of 128 credit hours of coursework:

  • BELL core requirements: 53 hours
  • Major area: 45 hours including 9 hours of major electives
  • Minor requirement: 18 hours
  • General electives: All remaining hours

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Courses You'll Take Include:

  • MOT 1010. Cinematic Storytelling
    Introduce basic grammar of Filmmaking - both visual and aural. Short, simple projects will explore how camera, sound and editing convey story and emotion. 
  • MOT 1500. History of Television and Digital Media
    Through lecture, reading and discussion, students will learn about the evolution of visual media, from the origins of broadcast network television to today’s digital multi-platforms of cable, pay per view, reality, YouTube channels, etc. The focus is on the aesthetics of small screen and episodic storytelling, audience expectations and participation, and on whether media is an agent and a reflector of social and cultural change.
    MOT 1110. Film History - Lumiere to Now
    The course will provide an historical survey of American and international film industries, covering such areas as film styles, genres, national cinemas, major directors and film theory from 1895 through 2015. 
  • MOT 1115. Art of Storytelling
    The course is a basic survey course in the fundamentals of effective storytelling. Although the ultimate focus is storytelling in motion pictures, the course examines the principles of storytelling through several perspectives and includes every aspects of storytelling and all elements -sound, music, lighting, editing, performance-used in film.
  • MOT 2130. Screenplay Analysis
    Building on what they learned in Art of Storytelling, students will analyze screenplays to come to a greater understanding of how a narrative story told in visual form is constructed.  
  • MOT 2160. Screenwriting I
    Students will have a solid understanding of structure, character arc, pace, dialogue, etc., as well as the nuances of screenplay format. Student will see and analyze multiple movies and pilots. At semester’s end, student will have written 40 pages of a motion picture screenplay or television pilot and a detailed outline for the balance of their script.
  • MOT 2213. Story Visualization Workshop
    This teaches writers to understand what happens to their writing when it is produced. Students will arrive with a three-page script that adheres to the rules of dramatic structure and established in Art of Storytelling. Using their phones, students will case, produce and edit a 3 minute narrative film.  

  • MOT 2214. Screenplay Genres
    The course examines the variety of narrative strategies organic to specific film genres. Students discuss and evaluate the techniques of various genres.  Students will choose their own genre, develop their story and workshop their writing in class.
  • MOT 2340. Television Spec Script  
    The course examines the structure and teaches techniques used for writing an hour long drama and half-hour comedy. Students study multiple current shows, analyze season arcs and cases of characters. Each student develops and writes an episode of a current show. The classroom will be run like a writer’s room for professional television series, with each student taking turns running the room.
  • MOT 3170. Screenwriting II
    Students will have a solid understanding of structure, character arc, pace, dialogue, etc., as well as the nuances of screenplay format. Student will see and analyze multiple movies and pilots. At semester’s end, student will have written 40 pages of a motion picture screenplay or television pilot and a detailed outline for the balance of their script.
  • MOT 3172 Television Pilot Script
  • MOT 3330 Rewriting the Screenplay
    This course instructs students how to rewrite a script previously finished in Screenwriting II. Students will immerse themselves in the rewriting process, workshop their scripts and develop the skills needed to effectively rewrite screenplays.  
  • MOT 4260 Senior Screenwriting Project
    Students will pitch, create sequences for and write a first pass of a feature screenplay or one-hour television pilot and bible, and, and after giving and receiving notes, both from their classmates and professor, will execute those notes and hand in a polished first draft.  

Film & television writing students enjoy ample opportunities on campus and around the world to deepen their educational experience and expand their perspectives. You can literally learn at locations across the globe through Belmont's extensive Study Abroad opportunities, and Belmont USA provides study away and internships options in New York, Los Angeles, Oregon and more.

Belmont in Hollywood

Film & TV writing majors often seek to pursue Belmont in Hollywood, a summer work opportunity where you apply classroom learning to specific career goals in the industry. The eight-week program serves as a total immersion experience within the film and TV business industry in which you gain practical skills in state-of-the-art technical facilities and are exposed to the expertise of renowned producers, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers and agents.

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