Writers are the architects of film. They 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. When you choose the Writing emphasis, you'll be studying screenwriting and story development for a wide variety of genres and distribution channels with an accomplished faculty of professional film and television writers. 

What You'll Learn:

When you graduate with a Writing emphasis, you'll be equipped to:

  • Plot a cogent and viable story and screenplay or teleplay
  • Adapt to script notes and adjustments
  • Create strong characters and be consistent with the qualities of those characters
  • Write through the boundaries of character-driven television
  • Execute what makes comic timing in writing
  • Make non-visual source material cinematic
  • Analyze and critically assess screenplays
  • Utilize editing to set the pace and tone of a film.
  • Describe what must be accomplished in Act One to make a great screenplay
  • Identify the script differences in genres
  • Pitch a property for potential visual exploitation

If you're working toward a BFA in Cinema-Television, you'll also be able to:

  • Write a multi-camera TV project
  • Work collaboratively in the TV writers room environment
  • Write a structure to a nonfiction project after the production process is complete
  • Use terminology and practices of TV and emerging media industries

Courses You'll Take:

BFA Cinema
BFA Cinema-Television


If you're working toward a BFA Cinema-Television degree, you must take the following courses:


You must also take the electives required for the BFA Cinema program AND two (2) of the following elective courses:

Practice Like a Professional

If you want to be a professional you have to practice with professional grade equipment. At Columbia College Hollywood, we have it all. From our professional soundstages to the most current, industry-standard equipment, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What Our Students Have Produced

Interested in what you might create? Columbia College Hollywood students have 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

Columbia College Hollywood was built by the industry for the industry. That's 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 David Benullo is a highly accomplished writer for motion pictures and television shows for over 15 years. He has worked with nearly every major Hollywood studio.
Dirk Blackman Dirk Blackman Dirk Blackman is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and sole writer of a multitude of screenplays.
Rick Mitz Rick Mitz Rick Mitz is the author of The Great TV Sitcom Book and an expert in television screenwriting.
Jack Weinstein Jack Weinstein Jack Weinstein has penned screenplays for movies such as Grown-Ups and Midnight Dancer and television shows Lois and Clark and The Wonder Years.
Dan Wilcox Dan Wilcox Dan Wilcox is an Emmy Award winning screenwriter and five-time Emmy Award nominee who has worked on shows such as Sesame Street, M.A.S.H., and The Jeff Foxworthy Show.

What It’ll Cost

We know earning a college degree is no small investment. Take a look at our tuition, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. We are committed to helping you get on a path to success.

Full-Time Part-Time
Annual Tuition $24,000.00 $12,000.00
Production Insurance and Student Accident Insurance $495.00 $495.00
Total Annual Tuition and Fees $24,495.00 $12,495.00