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Professional Dramatic Writing

Bring your writing to life on the stage or screen! In this certificate program, you’ll cultivate your passion for creating texts that are meant to be performed on the stage, screen, or new media. Explore the rich tradition of dramatic arts while examining the individual masterworks that have inspired generations.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate
Tuition

$12,896

6 Course Certificate
Tuition

$19,344

Format
Asynchronous and Hybrid Online

 
Admission
No GRE or GMAT

 
Duration
As few as 6 months

 
Duration
As few as 12 months

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Skills You’ll Learn

Analyze key elements of powerful drama
Identify and appeal to your audiences
Give and receive constructive critiques that clarify your values and enhance your skills

Curriculum

Specialized Graduate Certificate in Professional Dramatic Writing requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.
4 Concentration Courses
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

PWRI 4300 Masterworks: Drama
PWRI 4310 Writing Drama: Foundational Concepts, Skills, and Practice
PWRI 4320
Writing the Screenplay
PWRI 4330 Writing for Personal Performance

Graduate Certificate in Professional Dramatic Writing requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.
4
Concentration Courses
 
 
2
Elective Courses
 
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

PWRI 4300 Masterworks: Drama
PWRI 4310 Writing Drama: Foundational Concepts, Skills, and Practice
PWRI 4320
Writing the Screenplay
PWRI 4330 Writing for Personal Performance
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Professional Creative Writing program include:

PWRI 4140 Natural Science and Literature
PWRI 4340 Literature to Film
PWRI 4410 Writing and Healing
PWRI 4420 Writing as Translation
PWRI 4500 The Writing Life: Concepts, Practices, and Professionalism
PWRI 4510 Literary Genres for Writers
PWRI 4520 The Writers Workshop
PWRI 4540 Children's Literature: From Picture Books to Books for Young Adults

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Professional Creative Writing program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

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Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
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4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 2 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 2 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 1 1
6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

Interested in a master’s degree?

Explore our Master of Arts in Professional Creative Writing with a concentration in Professional Dramatic Writing.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Professional Dramatic Writing

The arts and culture sector is a top sector in Colorado! According to the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado ranks #1 in arts participation, is home to the largest non-profit theater organization, and has 38 performing arts center and 21 creative districts.
Learn what makes a piece commercially viable in a saturated market—700 movies are created in the U.S. each year according to the Motion Picture Association of America, plus nearly 3,000 professional plays produced annually according to the Theatre Communications Group.
Writers can expect a 9% employment growth through 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Writers and authors who adjust their work for online content and social media may have an advantage.

Job Titles

Writer
Editor
Screenwriter
Playwright
Performer
Teacher
Writing Coach
Copywriter

Writer and Author Salary​: National Average

$61,820

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Professional Creative Writing

“The writing assignments at that level really helped elevate my writing. It made me more keenly aware of the editing process as well as some more practical purposes.” —Bobby LeFebre, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Accreditation

 


Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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