Business of Screenwriting

Subject FLTV70045 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30
Total Time Commitment:

108 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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Faculty of the VCA and MCM Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The Business of Screenwriting is a subject that combines both the creative necessities and the ability to generate income through writing. The focus of this subject is the business behind the screenwriting industry in both national and international arenas. Delivered by industry professionals including representatives from funding bodies, professional writers, distribution companies, new media creatives, directors, and producers, this subject will enable students to define the business aspects of the industry.


This subject will:
• enable students to prepare submissions to industry funding bodies;
• make students aware of the business in which screenwriting belongs at both a national and international level;
• develop a business confidence to encourage productivity in all forms of writing, including new media;
• facilitate the development of relationships between writers, directors and producers of the screen and allied industries.


Folio detailing the business strategies behind a major (script) production. (60%)

Class presentation of the topic/folio. (40%)

Prescribed 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 students will:
• demonstrate an ability to develop projects within the wider community;
• demonstrate a variety of business skills that embraces difficult challenges;
• develop a commitment to developing ways in which arts and business co-exist.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Screenwriting

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