The three-semester Screenwriting & Narrative Design graduate certificate program provides students with the knowledge, writing experience and hands-on skills necessary to become screenwriters for the ever-evolving media field, as well as narrative designers for game and interactive storytelling worlds.

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Overview

Program name
Screenwriting & Narrative Design
Code
P400
Location
Experiential learning
Duration
1 year (3 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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2018-2019

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Open
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

The Screenwriting & Narrative Design program educates students on the challenge of writing a well-structured story within linear and nonlinear contexts. The elements of character, dialogue, scene, setting, texture, style and tone are rigorously explored. Students master the subtle variances of language employed through structured and open-world storytelling as they create memorable stories and scripts for film, TV, games and interactive media. Opportunities will be provided to work with fellow students (directors, actors and designers) on student-led projects as well as potential research projects.

Part Time Study Options

George Brown College also offers evening courses in acting and in screenwriting. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit  georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

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Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
WRIT1001Intensive I
WRIT1002Writers' Studio I
WRIT1003Storytelling
WRIT1005Feature I
WRIT1006Video Game
WRIT1010Episodic I
WRIT1017Entrepreneurship

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
WRIT1004Character Development
WRIT1007Entertainment Business
WRIT1011Intensive II
WRIT1012Writers' Studio II
WRIT1015Feature II
WRIT1016Interactive
WRIT1020Episodic II

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
WRIT2001Experiential Project

The Industry

Professional storytelling/writing/content development is a highly competitive yet exceptionally rewarding field. Though concentrated around major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York, the globalization of the industry has meant that writers for media can work on projects all over the world.

As the television and film industries shift in response to changing trends such as online access to traditionally aired content, the industry supplements its series and films with online and interactive content. As the internet becomes a major gateway for consumers to access traditional media, the industry is becoming increasingly entrepreneurial with the advent of webisodes and web series. These new avenues have opened up a new area of development for the screenwriting field.

Career Options

Creative writers for entertainment are able to move across multiple platforms, including film, television, interactive storytelling, gaming and animation. Potential job titles include:

  • Script Writer
  • Assistant Producer
  • Advising Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Content Writer
  • Interactive Media Writer
  • Staff Writer
  • Editor
  • Story Editor
  • Showrunner
  • Narrative Designer
  • Creative Designer
  • Script Consultant
  • Story Consultant
  • Freelance Writer

 

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Tuition

8,826.00 †

Additional Cost

† Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree, two- or three-year Diploma, or Graduate Certificate (postgraduate studies)
  • Resume
  • Writing samples*
  • Interview**

OR

  • Demonstrated competence through related work experience (minimum 3 years of experience in the entertainment industry or performing arts)
  • Resume
  • Writing samples*
  • Interview**

* Further details on the writing samples will be provided to the applicant via a letter and/or email, once the applicant meets the academic and/or work experience requirements.

** An opportunity to interview will be offered to select applicants upon review of writing samples.

Please note that Domestic applicants who are submitting International transcripts require a Canadian equivalency evaluation. This can be obtained through ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service) at icascanada.ca Open New Browser Window or WES (World Education Services) at wes.org/ca Open New Browser Window

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English language proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission. Applicants who are accepted based on work experience only will be required to take the English Admissions Assessment in order to evaluate the appropriate level of English language proficiency.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories

Mitchell LeBlanc, one of our Screenwriting and Narrative Design students, won the 2017 Reddit Screenwriting Contest. He also successfully placed top 10% in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, a prestigious international screenwriting competition.

 Mitchell LeBlanc

Mitchell had this to say about the Screenwriting and Narrative Design Program:

“At the onset, by its very nature, writing tends to be a lonely endeavour. The program gave me an opportunity to share what I had learned in my solitude and to glean what others learned in theirs. Combine that with a faculty that genuinely cares about your trajectory and it’s no surprise I emerged a better writer.”

Mitchell LeBlanc, Graduate 2017, Screenwriting and Narrative

Contact Us

School of Media & Performing Arts

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2015

Email: media@georgebrown.ca

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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