Program Requirements

A faculty advisor can help you choose your electives to meet your goals and needs.

Degree requirements (minimum of 60 hours)

A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required.

Writing core courses (30 hours)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MED 610 Playwriting 3 hrs
MED 711 Fundamentals of Screenwriting 3 hrs
MED 712 Feature Film Writing 3 hrs
MED 713 Feature Film Writing II 3 hrs
MED 714  Writing Episodic Television 3 hrs
MED 715 Rewriting 3 hrs
MED 716 Writing Episodic Pilots 3 hrs
MED 717 Thesis Script I 3 hrs
MED 718 Thesis Script II 3 hrs
MED 719 Portfolio Review 3 hrs

Producing core courses (12 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MED 684 Advanced Producing 3 hrs
MED 762 TV/Film Producing and Marketing 3 hrs
MED 766 Pre-Production Practicum for Stage and Screen 3 hrs
  Choose 3 hours from the following:  
MED 781 Producing the Short Film 1-6
MED 782 Producing the Web Series 1-6
MED 783 Producing the Multicam Show 1-6
MED 784 Producing the Documentary 1-6
MED 785 Producing the Longform Narrative 1-6
MED 786 Producing the Stage Play 1-6

Production Core Courses (9 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MED 764 Visual Storytelling 3 hrs
MED 765 Directing for Film and Stage 3 hrs
MED 767 Staged Production 3 hrs

Electives (9 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Choose 9 hours from the following:  
     
  History and Theory Electives 3 hrs
MED 670 Film Theory 3 hrs
MED 674 History of Film 3 hrs
MED 675 History of Film II 3 hrs
MED 704 Theory & Research in Mass Communication 3 hrs
     
  Industry/Professional Electives  
MED 695 Media Internship 1-6 hrs
MED 697 Advanced Studies in Media 1-6 hrs
     
  Producing Electives  
MED 781 Producing the Short Film 1-6 hrs
MED 782 Producing the Web Series 1-6 hrs
MED 783 Producing the Mutlicam Show 1-6 hrs
MED 784 Producing the Documentary 1-6 hrs
MED 785 Producing the Longform Narrative 1-6 hrs
MED 786 Producing the Stage Play 1-6 hrs
     
  Production Electives  
MED 662 Digital Filmmaking 3 hrs
MED 683 Advanced Television Production 3 hrs
MED 792 Independent Study in Media 1-6 hrs
MED 793 Practicum in Producing and Production 1-6 hrs
     
  Writing Electives  
MED 663 Writing Adaptations 3 hrs
MED 664 Genre Writing 3 hrs
MED 671 Writing the Web Series 3 hrs
MED 794 Practicum in Playwriting 1-6 hrs
Additional degree requirements
  1. A student’s Program of Study is subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator in consultation with the program faculty.
  2. A probationary review will be conducted by the program faculty after the student completes MED 715 (usually the third semester) to evaluate the student’s overall body of work. A less than satisfactory review could result in dismissal or additional coursework with a follow up review to assess progress.
  3. All students will develop a Final Portfolio of their work, which the supervisory committee will review. These portfolios, developed in the final semester of graduate study in MED 719, must have:
    1. Multiple well-polished scripts across a diverse range of media (film, TV, web, stage); these works should highlight the student’s strengths and be geared toward the current professional marketplace.
    2. A clearly written overview of these projects.
    3. A successful oral defense of the portfolio before the supervisory committee.