Screenwriting & Animation (SWAN)

Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN), is Morgan's cinematic arts and sciences major, and the most technology immersive program in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Much more than just a film major, SWAN lays the groundwork for evolving artists, filmmakers, and content producers to forge career paths in entertainment, education, science, and business, at a time when visual storytelling is the dominant narrative form of the 21st Century.

About SWAN

The SWAN major has three concentrations:

  1. The Computer Animation concentration requires courses in 2D and 3D animation, motion design, storyboarding, web design, multimedia scripting, and games.
  2. The Integrated Media Writing (Screenwriting) and Animation concentration requires courses in drawing and illustration, courses in graphic comics, and more graphics art based practice in computer animation and the media arts.
  3. The Film and Television Writing (Screenwriting) concentration requires greater immersion in applied theory and practice in writing and content production for film/TV and multimedia, including documentary and drama.

All concentrations include:

  • Film studies
  • Visual storytelling and writing
  • Entrepreneurship and independent filmmaking
  • Ethical business practices for the industry
  • Fluency in writing and creative expression
  • Production field experience, and post-production workflow and assembly
  • Majors take two computer science courses
  • Producing webisodes, short films and documentaries, as well as informational and corporate videos
  • Introductory animation workshop, and introductory and intermediate editing courses


27 January, 2018

Local and national media took notice of SWAN alumnus Kyle Yearwood and his art after he flipped a racist advertisement on it's end.

After creating artwork responding to a now infamous H&M advertisement, Yearwood's version of work went viral, receiving hundreds of thousands of views on Instagram, and gaining the attention celebrities and news media. Watch CBS interview Yearwood and hear him discuss the ad, his work and his vision here.


13 December, 2017

The Screenwriting & Animation program recently wrapped up our fifth workshop with the Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program, and the short work produced during the class is getting a lot of attention. SWAN professor Keith Mehlinger led "Cinematic Action Photography this fall, which introduced BYFA students the basic methods and processes action photography for motion pictures.

Joined by program assistant Kyle Yearwood and current student Jessica Pettiford, Mehlinger work with students to produce a short piece on Urban Curves, a local women's motorcycle club.

Watch the film and learn more on the BYFA webpage.


6 December 

SWAN senior Malkah Bell was recently interviewed along with Jed Dietz, founding director for the Maryland Film Festival during the WBAL-TV 11 Morning Show.

Bell was featured for her work on the short student film, "The Sound of Us." The film was selected, along with one other from SWAN, to be screened at the new SNF Parkway Theater as part of the 2017 Fall Baltimore Student Film Showcase.

Congrats Malkah!