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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.
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: 15 May 2020