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Film Production: From Script to Screen (SCRN90002)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCRN90002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will focus on the theoretical and practical elements involved in the production of screen-based content through advanced research, professional insight and contemporary practice. Students will gain specialised theoretical and practical grounding in the screen-based content production life cycle including: the ‘pitch’; script and story development; funding and financing; pre-production, principal photography and post-production; and transmedia production and distribution. The Australian screen production sector will be situated within the context of a highly globalised industry. Other areas under investigation include the role of industry and policy stakeholders; support for emerging content creators; forms of marketing and promotion; new technology and workflows; and cross-platform production strategies.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • acquire knowledge of the practicalities of content production in relation to the stages of script writing and story development;
  • gain a strong understanding of the role of key funding and financing institutions for screen-based content production, distribution and exhibition;
  • learn about the function of key industry bodies and decision makers;
  • be able to understand the historical, cultural and theoretical context of public support for domestic content production;
  • Think creatively about the artistic process, develop advanced skills of communication and public speaking and demonstrate a comprehension and an advanced capacity for research; and
  • be able to understand the varied and complex stages of development, production, distribution and exhibition of screen-based content.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • be able to demonstrate an advanced development of research skills;
  • be able to define areas of inquiry and create relevant methods of research in the preparation of essays;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • be able to demonstrate highly developed skills in multimedia presentations;
  • to be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and seminar discussion; and
  • be able to participate productively in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 2,000 word folio (40%), due mid-semester
  • A 3,000 word essay (60%), due in the examination period
  • Hurdle: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% attendance in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorGuy Morrow
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 36 hours: a 3-hour seminar per week throughout semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings available via the LMS.

  • Subject notes

    Admission to the Master of Arts and Cultural Management (Moving Image)

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 7 August 2019