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B.A. in Writing for Film and Television

School of Cinema and Media Arts

Overview

Storytelling is at the foundation of the entertainment industry regardless of the screen from which you engage with content — be it on a movie screen, television screen, computer screen or via a mobile device. The B.A. in Writing for Film and Television program will equip you with the expertise you need to create transcendent, authentic, redemptive stories that have the power to transform the world. This degree will instruct you in traditional and new formats (film, television, short-form, and digital media) to help you adapt and thrive in the entertainment business.

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Why Choose Writing for Film and Television at Biola?

  • Prepare for Your Career
    Writing requires creativity, craft, discipline and imagination, and it’s a powerful form of communication. There are no shortcuts if you want to be a professional. The School of Cinema & Media Arts will partner with you to develop you into the best writer possible.

  • Become Versatile in All Visual Formats
    The entertainment industry is rapidly changing, and being adaptable in your creative process is critical to success. The B.A. in Writing for Film and Television will prepare you not only in screenwriting for film, but also in television formats (1 hr, 30 min) and digital short-form. Within an industry of change, we want you to be ready for the future.

  • Receive Instruction from Experienced Faculty
    Our faculty are also currently working in the industry, which means you’ll be learning from seasoned professionals with years of experience. You’ll have direct access to faculty like Critics Choice Award-nominated and NAACP Image Award-nominated Camille Tucker among others who bring their skill, dedication and professional guidance to your education at Biola.

  • Learn About the Entertainment Business
    Becoming an effective writer isn’t the only end-result from your time at Biola. Your studies in the B.A. in Writing for Film and Television program will also give you practical tools and insight into working in the business of entertainment and how media is created. You’ll learn how to pitch your stories, see what it’s like to work with network executives, interact with all of the Cinema & Media Arts students to learn the production process, and so much more.

  • Explore the Integration of Faith and Entertainment
    Biola’s biblically integrated curriculum will give you the strong foundation you need to pursue your entertainment career with confidence. You’ll leave Biola knowing how to confidently navigate your faith in the midst of the industry, using your storytelling skill and your character to be a light to those around you.


What Will I Study?

The B.A. in Writing for Film and Television offers robust, biblically integrated courses that will equip you with the tools you need to pursue excellence in the entertainment industry. Some courses include:

  • Entertainment Business
  • Writing the One-Hour Drama Pilot
  • Introduction to Digital Media Production
  • Character Development and Dialogue
  • Coverage and Development for Film and TV
  • Motion Picture Script Analysis
  • Among many others

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4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
120
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
WSCUC
Accreditation
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

Your degree in writing for film and television will prepare you to dive straight into the industry with confidence. With the education you receive, you’ll be equipped for careers paths such as:

  • Writing content for various screens and formats — including movies, TV, computers, phones/tablets and more
  • Creating original movie scripts across a variety of genres, or rewriting existing scripts as assigned
  • Being part of a writers’ room, writing for new or existing TV series
  • Adaptable skills to translate your abilities into writing for other industries, such as marketing, commercials or other technical fields

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