Script and Screen

    Unit code: ACP2082 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    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.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    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.

    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.

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    For Melbourne campuses

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

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    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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