The Screenwriting Major
within the Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum

is designed to provide a broad introduction to the elements of filmmaking, completing the cycle with a third year of specialization in Screenwriting where concentration is placed toward the student’s third term project.


The International Department’s Bachelors program is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of filmmaking enabling the student to find employment in the various occupations of audio-visual industries including film, television and new media.

First year: Introducing the fundamentals of visual storytelling through documentary filmmaking

The filmmaking component begins with a concentration on storytelling for the documentary to develop the student’s visual vocabulary through theoretical courses and practical exercises.

Second year: Perfecting fiction techniques through the addition of screenwriting as form

The student will distinguish and develop for their fiction cinema project, the techniques implied in each of the following specializations: screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing and editing.
This second year gives the students the opportunity to discover and experience a wide spectrum of filmmaking disciplines before they choose and commit to the Screenwriting major.

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Third year: specializing toward the third term project

Students complete the cycle with a third year of specialization where concentration is placed on the third term project, a feature-length theatrical screenplay based on the treatment developed the previous year. Additionally, the students have Screenwriting workshops, and one-to-one tutoring a professional screenwriter.

The students’ participation in student film exercises and productions other than their own, their ability to work as part of a team, and the quality of their contribution to each project are equally important factors in the final evaluation their overall performance in the BFA program.

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Target careers

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Screenwriting aims to give students professional preparation for a career as a Screenwriter in film, television and digital media.
EICAR graduate screenwriters are more than prepared for the rigors of the professional world and work as a screenwriter in a multitude of audio-visual related occupations including Story Editor, Feature Film Screenwriting, Documentary Researcher and Dialogist for film and television.

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