Are you interested in working in the television or film industry? Then a course in Scriptwriting is a great idea! Even if you’re not sure you want to be a scriptwriter, being familiar with how scripts are written is important for anyone looking to work on set as a production assistant, producer, or director.
1. It’s Online! If you’re looking for a more convenient schedule, our online Scriptwriting class is just for you. If you’re like most students, you are likely taking a few classes and working while you’re in school. You might even be volunteering your time somewhere or doing an internship. Not to mention any family commitments you might have. If that’s the case, an online course offers flexibility because you don’t need to come to campus and sit in a classroom. But remember, an online class requires as much work as an on-ground class. You just have the flexibility to complete your coursework from the comfort of your own home at a time of day that is more convenient for you!
2. Learn From An Industry Veteran! At the Center for New Media, students are given the opportunity to work with award-winning faculty who are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with students. Ms. Barbara Rogers teaches this course. She has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. She has worked as an Script Coordinator, Production Coordinator, Associate Producer, Producer and Writer on various productions throughout her career. For the last seven years she has been Writer/Producer for two Telly Award-winning instructional videos for the Department of Environmental Protection through the MxCC Corporate Media Center. Read more about Barbara here.
3. It’s Valuable! As I touched upon before, scriptwriting is a valuable skill for anyone in the media field. Being able to analyze a script is an essential skill for actors, directors, editors, and even lighting designers! In addition to film writing, this course also covers writing for news, documentaries, and commercials. By the end of the class, you will have treatments for a documentary or educational film and completed a 10 minute narrative film.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
COM*111, 3 credits, Scriptwriting, CRN: 3603 Practice and analysis in all aspects of script writing for motion pictures, television and radio. Course covers basic formats as well as techniques for narrative development, story structuring, etc. Prerequisite: ENG*101, ENG*101E, ENG*101ALP, or permission of the instructor. Email Barbara Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org to see a syllabus or if you have any questions.
A hybrid class is a class that’s part on ground and part online. This fall, MxCC is offering several hybrid classes, including ENG 102, “Literature and Composition.” If you’ve never taken a hybrid class before, there are lots of great reasons to consider taking the plunge!
1. It’s Like Taking An Online Class, But With A Safety Net
If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve probably thought about taking an online class, but you’re not sure if online learning is right for you. Because a hybrid class meets both in a physical classroom and online, it’s a great way for you to try out online learning before going “all in” with a fully online class. You get a deep online experience, but you also meet with your professor and your classmates regularly, which keeps you on track and keeps you from getting overwhelmed.
2. It Fits Your Schedule, But It Keeps You Connected
One great thing about hybrid classes is that they meet less frequently than traditional classes, freeing up some time in your busy life. But because hybrid classes still have consistent, required meeting times, you never have to go too long without having a chance to talk to your professor or the other students in the class. This fall, my ENG 102 hybrid meets every Monday from 2:50-4. Later in the week, we have an online discussion due. If you get confused about something, no problem – we can work it out by email, and we can sit down and resolve the problem face-to-face the following Monday.
3. It Lets You Think Before You Speak
You know that moment in a class discussion when you know what you want to say, but you just can’t find the right way to say it? Class discussions can be fast-paced and nerve wracking, but in hybrid classes, a lot of the discussion happens online. If you’re discussing a difficult poem or a passage from Shakespeare, you have time to think and time to express yourself clearly. A hybrid class gives you the same classroom learning as a traditional class, but it allows you to show off your smarts in an online environment where you can think before you “speak.”
4. Hear Interesting Ideas, Meet Interesting People
Discussions in ground classes can be dominated by one or two very loud voices while others, who may have a lot to contribute, get lost in the shuffle. In a hybrid class you get to hear from everyone by reading their posts, which means you get exposed to more interesting and unexpected ideas. In a fully online class you may never get to meet some of the people you find most interesting, but in a hybrid class, if you find someone’s thinking or writing interesting, you can talk to them about it the next time the class meets.
5. Hybrid Classes Combine The Best Of Traditional And Online Learning
Hybrid classes really combine the best parts of traditional and online classrooms. Hybrids give you the flexible schedule you need, the opportunity to do your best work, and a chance to meet other interesting people just like you. Hybrid classes are a great way to learn, and they’re a great way to try out online learning. Swing by MxCC in Middletown or in Meriden and tell an advisor you’d like to take a hybrid class this fall!
Terry McNulty is a professor of English at MxCC. This fall, he’s teaching one hybrid class: ENG 102, Literature and Composition (CRN 3171). If you have questions about his hybrid class, you can reach him at email@example.com.