The aim of this unit is to examine methods of contemporary script writing practice with emphasis on the mediums of film and television. Through an examination of industry examples and the involvement of students in a professional workshop, the unit aims to generate critical understanding of script writing practice. Students are given the opportunity to develop performance writing skills in the application of the basics of dramatic story-telling, characterisation, conflict, and dialogue through seminars, workshops, and writing groups that reflect industry practice. Students will produce an extended piece of writing; focusing on the script writing process from conception to pitch and submission.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA must complete at least 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) in Year 1 before undertaking any Level 2 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Develop and demonstrate a range of script writing skills;  
  2. Analyse script writing formats;  
  3. Contrast elements of dramatic story-telling, characterisation, conflict and dialogue, and industry expectations and opportunities for a range of contexts; and  
  4. Appraise and articulate the writing practices of self and others.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Reflection on short film script proposal and feedback (equivalent to 300 words) 10%
Assignment Comparative analysis of a film or television episode (equivalent to 600 words) 20%
Assignment Professionally formatted script (approximately 5-8 mins) (equivalent to 1500 words) 50%
Presentation In-class group presentation/performance (equivalent to 600 words) 20%

Where to next?

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.