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Learner Career Outcomes

12%

started a new career after completing these courses

14%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

17%

got a pay increase or promotion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 27 hours to complete

Suggested: 1-2 hours of study, 30+ hours of project work...

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Persian, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Develop your TV series concept

6 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 7 min)
4 videos
Creating an idea for your Series1m
Define your characters1m
The story arc a full season2m
Week
2

Week 2

6 hours to complete

Write Act One of your pilot episode

6 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 16 min)
7 videos
Your episode - the Pilot!1m
The Three act half-hour TV episode1m
Story Structure2m
Scene Structure1m
Screenplay format and film grammar2m
Becoming familiar with the Software (Celtx)5m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Write Act Two

4 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 5 min)
3 videos
Write Act Two1m
Giving your characters a voice2m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Act Three

4 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 4 min)
2 videos
Write Act Three1m
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By AAJun 14th 2016

David Wheeler is awesome, and I love this course! I am so glad that Coursera and Michigan State University have partnered to offer this course to those of us who have a thirst for learning! Thank you!

By JFSep 28th 2016

Fantastic course, loved the way it walked you step by step through the process and the formatting. This course could have been ten weeks and still wouldn't be enough. Awesome hands on learning.

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David Wheeler 

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