Writing

Writers are the architects of film; the map makers. They must imagine a story, create emotional resonance, and entertain the audience with nothing but their words. Creating something from nothing, the writer alone has control over every twist and turn of a film. A student studying writing will have the opportunity to develop screenplay after screenplay, honing their skills, and developing an understanding of the craft as it applies to the industry.  

What You'll Learn:

  • Break down a text to understand the beats, the intent of the line, the event of the scene and its objective.
  • Communicate the aforementioned elements to actors; and utilize a variety of acting techniques to aid the actor in finding character and giving the finest performance possible.
  • Determine casting requirements.
  • Plan shot selection and coverage to express the visual needs of a script.
  • Communicate with film department heads and select such key elements as art direction, props, and cinematography.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work within a film budget and manage time, equipment, and location limitations.
  • Take a leadership position in executing the production of a film.
  • Utilize editing to set the pace and tone of a film.
  • Analyze and speak with critical acumen about the work of other filmmakers.
  • Analyze and describe the challenges and logistics involved in safely producing an action sequence.
  • Create various genres through the performances of actors.

Courses You'll Take:

Cinema Degree
Cinema & TV Degree

REQUIRED

Additionally, each student who chooses to emphasize Screenwriting must take these four (4) courses:

ELECTIVE

In addition, students choosing an emphasis in Screenwriting must take three (3) of the following:

REQUIRED

ELECTIVE

Combined Cinema-Television Writing emphasis students must take electives designated for the Cinema major AND two (2) of the following elective emphasis courses:

Practice Like a Professional

If you want to be a professional you have to practice with professional grade equipment. At CCH we have it all, from our state of the art soundstages to the Red One MX Camera, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What Our Students Have Produced

Interested in what you might create? At CCH we give our students countless opportunities to show their skills. Check out some of their work below. 

Turn Your Passion Into a Career

Technical Skill + Business Know-How + A Crazy Creative Mind = One Good Looking Future. We want to help you turn writing into more than just a hobby, we want you to live it day in and day out. Because doing what you love isn’t a want, it’s a necessity.

Career Opportunities:

  • Development Executive
  • Script Coordinator
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Supervisor
  • Television Writer
  • Writer's Assistant

Who You’ll Learn From:

CCH is a college made by the industry for the industry. That is why we hire industry professionals to teach you everything you need to know. Take a look at who might be teaching you.

David Benullo David Benullo A writer for motion pictures and television shows for over 15 years, Associate Professor Benullo has worked with nearly every major Hollywood studio.
Dirk Blackman Dirk Blackman Member of the Writer’s Guild of America and sole writer of a multitude of screenplays.
Susan Cuscuna Susan Cuscuna Writer of various screenplays for companies such as NBC, ABC, Twentieth Century Fox, and HBO.
Rob Fox Rob Fox With more than 20 years of experience, Instructor Fox has worked with companies like Walt Disney, Warner Bros, ABC, and Columbia Pictures.
Rick Mitz Rick Mitz Author of The Great TV Sitcom Book, Professor Mitz is an expert in television screenwriting.
Bruce Postman Bruce Postman A teacher of screenwriting, but a master of many crafts, Professor Postman has worked professionally as a writer, director, and producer.
Jack Weinstein Jack Weinstein A screenwriter for movies such as Grown-Ups and Midnight Dancer and television shows Lois and Clark and The Wonder Years.
Dan Wilcox Dan Wilcox 5 time Emmy nominee and one time Emmy winner, Mr. Wilcox has worked on shows such as Sesame Street, M.A.S.H., and The Jeff Foxworthy Show.
Seth Winston Seth Winston Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short for “Session Man”.

What It’ll Cost

We know that the price of college can be a huge concern when applying; it’s no small investment. So take a look at our pricing, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. We are committed to helping you get on a path to success.

Full-Time Part-Time
Tuition $20,505.00 $13,050.00
Production Insurance $495.00 $495.00
Student Activity Fee $105.00 $105.00
Average Course Fees $675.00 $450.00
Annual Tuition and Fees $21,780.00 $14,100.00