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Screenwriting (8905.3)

Level: Undergraduate Second Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice


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  • Winter Term, 2018, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (177680) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (176495) - View
  • Winter Term, 2017, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (164843) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (166668) - View
  • Winter Term, 2016, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (161421) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (156069) - View
  • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (140637) - View
  • Winter Term, 2015, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (141170) - View

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This unit introduces students to writing for the ear and eye as a script rather than writing to be read as prose. It concentrates on the principles and practicalities of dramatic writing for the screen with specific application to writing short film. The approach to this is three-pronged: analysis of the theories and principles of narrative drama and how they are applied in screenwriting; screenwriting techniques and practice; and criticism of students' own work and analysis exercises in tutorial workshops. This unit is co-taught with unit 8906 Screenwriting G.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Analyse and deconstruct screen dramas in terms of structure, character and narrative principles;

2. Apply these principles when creating original dramatic texts for the screen;

3. Use industry production conventions and formats in creating dramatic texts for the screen; and

4. Evaluate and edit their own and others' work.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

Restrictions: This unit is not open to students who have passed 8150 Introduction to Screenwriting, 6879 Scriptwriting 1.

Equivalent Units


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