Writing for the Youth Screen Market

Subject FLTV20018 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 41 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

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Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Email: 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the world of writing screen product for children, tweens and young teenagers with a focus on youth television. Through a series of workshops, presentations and screenings, students will gain insight into what makes successful kid’s programming and will develop an understanding of the current youth screen landscape, ie, what kids watch and how they are watching it. Students will be required to develop and write a script for the youth market and present it in the appropriate professional format.

Learning Outcomes:
  • To introduce students to writing screen product for the youth market
  • To introduce students to some fundamental elements of successful children’s programming
  • To give students greater knowledge of the current youth screen landscape
  • To introduce students how to the basic professional skills needed to develop and write a script for the youth market and present it in the appropriate format.

Class Presentation (1000 words equivalent) Weeks 2-9 (as scheduled) worth 20%
Major ‘Youth’ Script Project (3500 words equivalent) Week 11, worth 75%
Class Participation (Participation assessed on criteria of engagement, ability to discuss & give/receive feedback and teamwork skills)
Ongoing assessment worth 5%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

The learning outcomes of this course will be:

  • To give students a greater understanding of the current youth screen market
  • To introduce students to key concepts in writing for Children’s TV and other youth screen formats
  • To allow students to explore their ‘voice’ within the parameters of writing for children
  • To introduce students to the basic skills required to write professionally for the youth market
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting)

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