Screenwriting 1

Subject FLTV10007 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 23-Feb-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: TOTAL 38 - 4 hr p.w seminars, screenings, workshops (weeks 1 – 8); 1 hr p.w lectures (week 9 -12); and 2 x 1hr tutorials (weeks 9 – 12)
Total Time Commitment:

110 hours

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

For the purpose of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectvies, Assessment and General 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 theis matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the disability Liaison Unit:


Mr Peter Allen


Peter Allen

T: + 61 3 9035 3010 (ext. 53010)


Contact Centre:

P: 13 6352


Subject Overview:

Screenwriting 1 is an examination of the inherent advantages and limitations of writing for the screen. Classes incorporate lectures, group discussions and film screenings. Students undertake story writing exercises for presentation at group discussion sessions. Students also undertake the writing of a short script for a production exercise. Progress is monitored at tutorials.

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this subject students will:
• exhibit an ability for intellectual curiosity and creativity through the development of screenwriting skills;
• be familiar with basic narrative structures for short screen-based productions;
• originate story ideas and develop them into a script for the screen.


Assessment is continuous and based on the following:

Class exercises (3000 words total) Due: various, throughout weeks 1 – 8 (50%)
Final draft script for a short production (1 – 2 pages) Due: end week 12 (45%)
Workshop Participation* (5%) Due: assessed ongoing
*Participation assessed on criteria of engagement, ability to discuss & give/receive feedback and teamwork skills.

Late submission
* Unless an extension has been granted, for essays/assignments submitted after the due date, the mark a student is awarded for their work will be reduced by 10% for each day the work is late. Using electronic submission means work may be submitted on any day.
* Unless an extension has been granted, assignments submitted later than 5 working days (or 1 week if due on a weekend) after the due date will not be marked, and will receive no marks.

Hurdle requirement
Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

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 completing this subject students will be able to:
• plan and organise work effectively;
• exercise an open attitude to new ideas;
• confidently communicate in oral and written form;
• exhibit the skills to interpret, analyse and problem solve;
• apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems;
• develop positive self-critical and peer review skills;
• begin to develop a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television)

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