Screenwriting Online { College of Extended Learning }

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Screenwriting (Online Courses)
Academic Credit Certificate

Presented by SF State School of Cinema &
SF State Extended Learning

Learn character, plot and thematic development, story structure, and in-depth writing skills as you prepare for an exciting career as a screenwriter or script consultant. Discuss the development of your screenplays across multiple courses with professional screenwriting faculty. Students who earn the Certificate will graduate with one to two 'spec' screenplays they can either pitch or produce. Graduate students are prepared to craft film and TV screenplays, write coverage, and "doctor" scripts in the development process.


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Screenwriting Online Curriculum

To qualify for the Certificate of Completion, the following courses must be completed within five years.

Required Courses

  • CINE 200 Intro to Cinema Studies (Online)
  • CINE 202 Intro to Filmmaking (Online)
  • CINE 356 Fundamentals of Screenwriting (Online)

Elective Courses

  • Two upper-division cinema courses (Online)
    (300 series courses or above)


Online Screenwriting Certificate Graduation Application

To be eligible for the Certificate you must complete all the required courses, and then a graduation application must be submitted. To review instructions on how to apply to graduate, please see the Certificate Approved Program form (PDF).

Online Screenwriting Classes & Program Structure

All courses are offered online in 15-week sessions. Students need a total of 15 units to complete the Certificate, although you may take individual courses according to your interests. All online courses are transferable to the B.A. in Cinema program on the main campus, as well as other universities across the country.

Students who plan to apply units earned for completion of certificate courses toward the B.A. in Cinema must follow the prerequisites for each course that are published in the SF State Bulletin.



The fee for each online screenwriting course is $1,170, making the total cost of the certificate $5,850.

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