Screenwriting Practices 3

Subject FLTV30014 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Year Long, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 22-Feb-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 175 hours
Total Time Commitment:

400 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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:


Ms Annabelle Murphy


Annabelle Murphy

Subject Overview:

Through a series of workshops, tutorials, studio work, networking events, screenings and self motivated writing periods, students in this subject will consolidate and advance already acquired professional skills and knowledge gained in Years 1 and 2 of the BFA (Screenwriting). Students will write at least one major screen project (max length of any individual project = 50 minutes or 1 x TV hour) to a professional second draft standard. Students will attend industry lectures and crew on FTV directing student productions in order to gain a wider understanding of screen industry practices. Students will be mentored by professional writers in small groups for their major work, and will also participate in peer driven critical feedback activities such as script readings and peer assessment.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Write high quality, compelling professional screen product
  • Engage with contemporary screenwriting practices
  • Competently give and receive critical feedback on various types of screen product
  • Exercise their ‘voice’ as a writer in a professional and accessible way
  • Understand, and work within, a broader practical filmmaking process.
  • Peer Script Report and Assessment (1000 word equiv) - Sem 1: Wk 7 (5%)
  • First Draft Script(s) (8000 word equiv) - Sem 1: Wk 12 (20%)
  • Notes and Self assessment on first draft script(s) (1500 word equiv) - Sem 1: Wk 13 (10%)
  • Networking Collaboration Event & Report (1500 words equiv) - Sem 1 & 2: Various - as scheduled (10%)
  • Script Readings Participation and Critical Response (1000 word equiv) - Sem 1 & 2: On going (5%)
  • Crewing and Report (2000 words) - Sem 2: Various - as scheduled (10%)
  • Second Draft Script(s) (8000 words equiv) - Sem 2: Week 12 (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 be able to:

  • Practice clear, effective writing
  • Lead or collaborate on a research and writing task from concept to completion
  • Work in an independently motivated way
  • Engage with a process of researching, drafting and redrafting documents to a polished outcome
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting)

Download PDF version.