Writing for Screen

Unit code: ASN1004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit 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. 

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Students will be provided with online texts and material on VU Collaborate to support the curriculum.

As part of a course

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