1. Are there scholarships available?
We do not offer scholarships for this program.
2. What are you looking for in an applicant?
We are looking for students who have a passion for screenwriting, and are committed to growing in this area. Students should have strong writing skills, some storytelling ability and creative ideas.
3. Why do you ask for a transcript?
We are not necessarily looking at your grades from undergrad, but want to see what classes you took and what experience you have from undergrad. This also helps us ensure that you have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.
4. How competitive is the program?
This is the first year we are holding this program so we do not know how many applicants we will get this year. We do expect the program to be competitive, especially since we are only taking 12 students. If you do not get in this year, we are hoping to offer more sections next year so you are encouraged to apply again next summer.
5. Will I receive credit for this course?
No. This is a non-credit course, resulting in a Certificate of Completion, assuming one successfully fulfills the program criteria.
6. I’m not very proficient with technology, should I be worried?
No, not at all. If you’re accepted into the program, your instructor will reach out to you ahead of time, to troubleshoot any possible problems. If you’ve been able to use Skype, or any other type of video-conferencing software, you’ll be able to use our Adobe Connect platform.
7. I want to write for TV – does this program allow for that?
Yes and no. While this specific program is primarily suited towards writing screenplays for feature films, elements like character, dialogue, etc, are all elements that you can use no matter what medium you’re writing for. That being said, there is the possibility of an equivalent “Writing for TV” course to be offered in the future, as our online course offerings expand.
8. Are you able to accommodate students who are hard of hearing or voice-impaired?
Yes. Granted that you are admitted into the program, in addition to other accommodations, our program can make use of closed captioning technology if needed.
9. When will I be notified of the time and day of the class?
In your admissions application, you will have a chance to designate which time and day would be preferable for you. Shortly after we have solidified our enrollment in early August, we will take into account the varying schedules and the time-zones, along with individual student requests, to create our two class sections – that is when you will be notified.
10. Two sections? What do you mean by that?
To allow for instruction that tailors to previous experience, promotes individual attention and also allows for maximum flexibility, each class of twelve students will be broken up into two sections of six students apiece – placement being determined by prior writing experience and location/time-zone.
As previously mentioned, students will be notified of which section they’ll be attending before the start of the first class session. Those requesting a different section are encouraged to do so, but ultimately, Dodge College reserves the right to make the final decisions for the best of the entire class. Additionally, at the end of the semester, students will be allowed to move to the other section, to provide for new eyes (and thoughts) on student material.
11. Will I have to purchase a textbook?
For this year, no. We will recommend suggested texts, but will primarily make use of customized lectures, handouts and a host of produced and unproduced screenplays.