A student presenting at the Cardinal Screenplay Festival

As the only cross-college minor at Ball State (English/Telecommunications), 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

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

  • ENG 285: Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENG 310: Intro Screenwriting
  • ENG 410: Advanced Screenwriting (OR) ENG 425: Film Studies
  • TCOM 360: World Film History I
  • TCOM 363: Film Genres
  • TCOM 361: World Film History 2 (OR) TCOM 456: Doc. Film History (OR) TCOM 465: Seminar in Film Theory

For a complete list of all classes you may take and their descriptions, please see the Course Catalog.
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How to Enroll

Students interested in the minor in professional writing and emerging media should complete a "change of major or minor" form. This form is available in the Upper Division Advising Center (AC 224).

The TESOL Minor does not provide a state license of certificate. If you want to earn the license or certificate, refer to the English as a New Language Add-On License program.