Screenwriting 3

Subject FLTV30003 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours plus 3 hours tutorials (Semester 1)
Total Time Commitment:

27.5 contact hours plus 44.5 non-contact hours

Prerequisites: 759-270 Screenwriting 2
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Ms Nicolette Freeman


Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic 3006 Tel: 9685 9419
Subject Overview:

This subject builds on principles learnt in Screenwriting 1 & 2. Through a series of class work, tutorials and assignments, students consolidate skills in writing for short form screen product to a professional level.


On completion of this subject student should be able to

  • exhibit an advanced ability for intellectual curiosity and creativity through scriptwriting;
  • creatively adapt basic prinicples of dramatic structure to develop an original screenplay;
  • develop original story ideas with a unique and creative treatment to a high level;
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of writing for a visual medium;
  • demonstrate developed skills in devising engaging characters and dialogue.

Assessment is continuous and based on the following: Final draft script for a production 5-15 minutes (due mid semester one) (60%); class exercises (total 1000 words minimum (20%); class and script tutorial participation* (20%). *Participation assessed on criteria of engagement, ability to discuss and give/receive feedback and teamwork skills. For this subject there is an 80% attendance hurdle for workshops, classes, lectures and tutorials.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject the student should be able to:

  • confidently communicate in oral and written form
  • exhibit the skills to interpret, anlayse and problem solve
  • confidently plan and organise their work and solve problems
  • work effectively in collaborative modes
  • confidently apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems
  • develop positive self-critical and peer review skills.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Film and Television (VCA)

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