Drama Screenwriting - 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: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Logline Idea Development (10%) , Assignment 3 - Draft 1, Script (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Learn the script formats and development processes to design and write a short piece of drama screenwriting, up to 15 minutes in screen duration. The unit requires you to plan and develop a screenplay concept from idea through to an effective design plan. From this, you will then write a full, professionally formatted first-draft screenplay for critical assessment, before refining the work into a second draft. The primary focus of the unit is on mastery of the elements of effective screen story design and dynamics.

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

  1. competence in drama scriptwriting using recognised script presentation and development formats including the logline, screenplay design plan and draft script
  2. an ability to analyse the construction of a range of drama texts
  3. a capacity for independent problem solving.

The unit will help develop the following analytical/critical evaluation/written communication skills:

  1. character construction 
  2. various approaches to the structure and construction of screen narratives 
  3. standard modes of script writing and formatting, including logline/screenplay design plan/draft and refined draft 
  4. script-editing/redrafting practices.
  • Assignment 1 — Logline Idea Development (10%)
  • Assignment 3 — Draft 1, Script (30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Draft 2, plus redrafting notes (30%)
  • Planning Assessment (30%)

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

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Devising a drama screen story idea
2Idea pitching and screenplay masterplan
3Revision, redrafting & polished presentation of short drama screenplays

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Story: Substance Structure Style And The Principles Of

    By:Robert McKee

    ISBN: 9780413715609


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