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Writing for Screen (CWRI20009)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeCWRI20009
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject students will be introduced to the history of screenwriting and the principles of the craft of writing scripts for screen. Students will read and respond to a variety of scripts written for screen. Students will also be required to write a short original screenplay. This subject is highly recommended for students intending to take Advanced Screenwriting and/or Writing for Theatre in their 3rd year studies.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • a critical understanding of the screenplay as a historically, culturally and technically distinct form of writing;
  • the ability to apply the basic technical elements of screenwriting;
  • demonstrated a functional knowledge of basic screenwriting terminology and the ability to articulate the relationship between the screenplay and contemporary cultural and political contexts;
  • developed, through workshopping and completion of assessment tasks, an understanding of the skills and methodologies that underpin screenwriting as a distinct vocation;
  • expanded upon their skills in communication through extensive presentation during work-in- progress workshops and small group collaborations with an emphasis on the giving and receiving of constructive feedback; and
  • demonstrated high-level proficiency in self-directed writing and the application of intellectual honesty and ethical values.

Generic skills

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

  • the ability to apply analytic, independent and critical thinking skills to written texts;
  • the ability to respond creatively to texts;
  • the ability to plan and develop their written work;
  • the ability to join in group discussion and activities, working to a common goal; and
  • the ability to work effectively with others while respecting differences.

Last updated: 11 October 2019