Documentary Scriptwriting - 2016

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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 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - 2nd Draft Treatment (40%) , Critique - Critique and Proposal (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

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 script.

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

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

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

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

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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