This unit (ASN1004) introduces students to the foundational elements of writing for film, television and other screen media platforms. Students will learn about narrative structure, character development, formatting and style conventions for both fiction and non-fiction works. Students will critically reflect on the history of script writing for screen and on existing works across a diverse range of genres. This unit provides constructive feedback to assist students in the conceptual development and writing of an original screenplay.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and critically reflect on screenplay as a historical and culturally distinct form of communication;  
  2. Demonstrate a theoretical and technical knowledge of screenwriting terminology and style conventions;  
  3. Contextualise and rationalise character development as an integral component of successful narrative construction;  
  4. Exhibit understanding of the skills and methodologies required for screen writing;  
  5. Respond to feedback to further improve creative works.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Comparative analysis of a screenplay 25%
Assignment Synopsis and Character Development 30%
Assignment Original Screenplay 45%

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