Playwriting & Screenwriting | Academic Requirements | Minor in Playwriting | Minor in Screenwriting | Courses | Faculty
The Playwriting and Screenwriting BA Program
Professional writers increasingly work in multiple modes of expression. In the BA program in playwriting and screenwriting at Purchase College, students learn to write for both the stage and the screen through studies that engage with these disciplines at the introductory through advanced level. The curriculum also helps students to develop a sophisticated eye and gain a deeper understanding of the art and craft involved in making theatre and film. The college’s proximity to New York City provides a distinct advantage: students are taught by industry professionals and have access to theatre, film, and television production facilities for their studies and internships.
The program includes required and elective courses in playwriting and screenwriting; theatre and film history; writing for television, new media, and documentaries; and directing for both stage and screen. Because playwriting and screenwriting are performance arts, students are encouraged to perform their work in front of an audience as much possible. In their final year, students work with a faculty mentor to develop a substantial senior project: a full-length play, feature-length screenplay, teleplay, or documentary script.
This BA program also provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts, with plenty of room for students to explore other interests, including study abroad programs—all of which enriches their abilities as dramatic writers. The program also offers a minor in playwriting and a minor in screenwriting for students in all disciplines.
Note for Transfer Students
Students interested in transferring from another school into this BA program and earning the degree in four semesters (entering as a junior) should be aware that they must have already taken:
– introductory screenwriting
– introductory playwriting
– at least one semester of either theatre or cinema history (recommended)
Junior transfers must register for PSW 2000 and 2010 in their first semester.
Updated Dec. 22, 2015