Screenwriting A

Subject FLTV60008 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Year Long, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours x 8 weeks of lectures plus 5 hours of tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

64 hours

Prerequisites: None
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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Subject Overview: Screenwriting is studied in an eight x 4 hour screening and lecture program, plus tutorials. These deal with moving picture language and principles of characterization and dramatic form. Screenwriting exercises are undertaken by students. Each student also develops scripts for their exercises which are monitored at tutorials. Students undertake additional specialist screenwriting classes relevant to their strand of study.
Objectives: On completion of this subject students should have an understanding of professional writers craft skills including the ability to write for an audience, to explore, experiment and be innovative.
Assessment: 4 Screenwriting exercises (200-400 words each)(40%); Script/Treatment for minor production* (60%) *Students will gain 20% of this mark for a substantive script of short duration
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
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:
  • exhibit a developed ability for intellectual curiosity and creativity through screenwriting;
  • exercise an open attitude to new ideas;
  • confidently communicate in oral and written form;
  • exhibit the skills to interpret, analyse and problem solve.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Film and Television (Documentary)

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