Documentary Scriptwriting - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - 2nd Draft Treatment (40%) , Critique - Critique and Brief Proposal (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Learn the skills and formats used in the production of a documentary script. Using established Australian and International industry criteria and guidelines for documentaries, you develop practical treatment and scriptwriting techniques in conjunction with an understanding of constraints and opportunities.

The unit fosters a collaborative environment in which ideas and observations are discussed. You prepare an industry-format package including project synopsis, treatment, script and marketing brief. Through your studies, you develop the skills and techniques required to produce a marketable documentary treatment.

You should develop the skills and techniques required to produce a marketable documentary treatment.

  • Assignment — 2nd Draft Treatment (40%)
  • Critique — Critique and Brief Proposal (20%)
  • Proposal — Research, and Draft Treatment (40%)

You must complete Level 2 Communications studies before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Documentary history, production methods and ethics
2Documentary topics, project proposal, research methods and scripting techniques
3Pitching, development, treatment and scripting
4Project proposal
5Research methods and scripting techniques
6Pitching, development, treatment and scripting

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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