As the only cross-college minor at Ball State (English/Media), the minor in film and screenwriting delivers a foundation in film theory/analysis while also enabling you to learn the ins and outs of compelling storytelling for the screen.
With its unique focus on both film theory and screenwriting craft, the minor in film and screenwriting will help you grow the storytelling and story analysis skills that are marketable in the media and entertainment industries and beyond.
You'll develop a greater understanding of how films work and what they can mean. You'll get a sense of where film came from and where it's going. You'll practice the storytelling skills that employers value. You'll put the movies in your mind's eye onto the page.
What You Will Learn
- How to take an idea for a screenplay from concept to completed script
- How to write in correct screenplay format
- How to apply the ideas of narrative story development and visual storytelling
- How to “read” films and scripts from the perspective of a screenwriter and storyteller
Total credits: 18
- ENG 285: Intro to Creative Writing
- ENG 310: Intro Screenwriting
- ENG 410: Advanced Screenwriting (OR) ENG 425: Film Studies
- MDIA 360: World Film History I
- MDIA 363: Film Genres
- MDIA 361: World Film History 2 (OR) MDIA 456: Doc. Film History (OR) MDIA 465: Seminar in Film Theory
For a complete list of all classes you may take and their descriptions, please see the Course Catalog.
How to Enroll
Students interested in the minor in linguistics and global communication should complete a "change of major or minor" form. This form is available in the Upper Division Advising Center (AC 224).