Unit description

Introduces students to the theory and practice of scriptwriting with introduction to the concepts of character, plot, dialogue, and script presentation. By being exposed to and analysing examples of scripts, the student will be able to select appropriate form and content as applied to radio, film, video, television, and multimedia.

Unit content

Module 1: Introduction to screenwriting
•   Introduction
•   Visual writing
•   The script - getting started
Module 2: The dramatic essentials
•   Character
•   The scene
•   Story
•   The script - the treatment
•   Character and story in television
Module 3: Narrative screen writing Dialogue and sub text
•   Point of view
•   The scene breakdown
•   Character and story in film
•   The script - script editing - reaching the first draft

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
First draft40%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
First draft40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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