Introduction to Screenwriting - 2018

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Unit summary

SCA200

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Tutorial Presentation (20%) , Assignment 2 - Digital Story Concept (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

The unit examines screening writing techniques and practices in how to develop and create a narrative screenplay for drama production across a range of genres.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and apply key technical and creative craft skills and concepts in screenwriting for drama
  2. analyse a range of screenwriting techniques, elements and approaches
  3. ability to create a short drama film script by applying relevant screenwriting techniques and story development concepts
  4. critically reflect on own practice and others.
  • Assignment 1 — Tutorial Presentation (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Digital Story Concept (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Writing:First Draft Screenplay (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Writing:Final Draft Screenplay (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Story Instincts & Concepts: Introduction
2Stories on film
3Images, words and sounds
4Narrative structure models
5Theme and plot
6Asking the dramatic question: story premise & action
7Character: point of view, intention and motivation
8Character Arcs & Relationships: dialogue, subtext, performance
9Story Development in the digital era
10Writing Styles & Genre - comedy & tragedy & breaking the rules
11Symbols, Objects & Motifs
12Endings & Beginnings: foreshadowing, set ups & payoffs

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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