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Courses | B.A. in Writing for Film and Television

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. In addition to these program-specific requirements, all majors include Biola's traditional undergraduate core curriculum. For more program details, including a sample course sequence, visit Biola's academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

The entertainment industry is a highly competitive, creative and demanding business. Admission into the School of Cinema & Media Arts (CMA) is separate from and contingent upon your admission to Biola University. Admission to Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Writing for Film and Television major. Applications will not be considered until after the applicant has been first admitted to Biola University. 

After you have completed your application to Biola University, complete your application online by the appropriate deadline indicated on the website.

Prior media experience is not a prerequisite for admission into the School of Cinema & Media Arts. During the application process we’re more interested in discovering your potential, leadership ability, creative thinking, problem solving and Christian character. Department faculty prayerfully review all applications. Notification letters will be sent out by the deadlines listed in the schedule. You will be notified of your acceptance, of non-acceptance, or if more information is required.

If you have any questions about the status of your application, please call the CMA office at (562) 777-4052 or write to:

Acceptance Committee
School of Cinema & Media Arts
Biola University
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639

CMA students may be required to purchase computer equipment and/or software as may be applicable for their respective degrees. While we understand the financial strains of such equipment expenditures, we also recognize that these technologically driven majors involve costs well beyond the textbooks that serve as the essential tools for many other undergraduate departments. Contact the department for specific equipment recommendations.

General Requirements

All Writing for Film and Television majors must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all major courses taken at Biola. Anyone receiving a lower grade must repeat the course and receive a "C" or better.

Writing for Film and Television

Stories matter. You matter. You and your stories matter to us. The Writing for Film and Television, B.A. covers the fundamental elements of storytelling—from conception (the pitch and the outline), to execution (the script), to the all-important rewriting and polishing process.

The Writing for Film and Television, B.A. teaches you how to find your unique voice and learn the craft to write scripts that will attract attention in the entertainment industry. In this comprehensive program, you will learn every element of the screenwriting process from story idea to script. Through our lectures and workshops, your work will be further refined so that you will develop your own storytelling voice while receiving constructive feedback from your peers and instructors who are working, professional screenwriters.

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
CNMA 101Introduction to Visual Storytelling3
CNMA 103Introduction to Digital Media Production3
CNMA 104History of Cinema3
or CNMA 105 History of Television and Digital Media
CNMA 203Screenwriting I3
CNMA 204Entertainment Business3
CNMA 312Screenwriting II3
CNMA 323Writing the Pilot3
CNMA 331Motion Picture Script Analysis3
CNMA 350Advanced Studies in Media Production1
or CNMA 450 Cinema and Media Arts Practicum
or CNMA 470 Cinema and Media Arts Seminar
CNMA 352Character Development and Dialogue3
CNMA 353The Power of Media2
CNMA 354The TV Writer's Room - One-Hour Spec3
CNMA 360The TV Writer's Room - Writing the Half Hour Spec3
or CNMA 368 Film and Television Adaptation
or ENGL 344 Creative Writing: Fiction
CNMA 420Coverage and Development for Film and Television3
CNMA 440Cinema and Media Arts Internship3
CNMA 462Senior Portfolio: Writing3
or CNMA 456 Senior Portfolio
Program Course Requirements: 45 credits
Core Curriculum Requirements 174
General Electives1
Total Credits120

See Core Curriculum section for details.

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