Script Writing - 2017

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Unit summary

PWR80002

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignments - 60%-70% , Online Discussion - 30%-40%

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Domestic 2,810.00
Domestic continuing 2,203.00
International 3,060.00
International continuing 2,453.00

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Develop scripts for presentation to a selected audience. To enable the development of this skill, you investigate the art of visual storytelling and explore a range of techniques for the creation of story elements such as structure and character. The unit also explores how cultural and critical theories offer frameworks for understanding film, television and multimedia.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Assess and critically reflect on a range of scriptwriting platforms, forms, and genres for stage and screen, and also investigate theoretical approaches to scriptwriting
  2. Demonstrate high level creative and practical skills in the production of their scripts, specifically in relation to the writerly elements of plot, character, dialogue, and structure, and apply complex critical and creative theories related to the practice of scriptwriting to their own work and the work of others
  3. Generate a section of script from plan to final draft and create both industry standard supporting documentation and complex reflexive theorisations about their practice and project, and the practice and projects of others.
  • Assignments — 60%-70%
  • Online Discussion — 30%-40%

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LPW704 — Script Writing

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You should also have completed the 8 units comprising the Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing) before enrolling in this unit.

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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.

NumberTopic
1Contemporary theories of film and performance and contemporary film making
2The art of visual story telling
3Building the plotline
4The filmscript - backstory, core story, forward story
5Characterisation and dialogue
6Writing for TV - Soap Operas and Sitcoms
7Screen writing as a collaborative process
8The Screen Play
9Techniques of writing for the screen
10Commercial imperatives - the film and TV industries, funding and independent production
11Critical and cultural influences on film, TV, and new media
12The self-produced work - writing and producing on the internet

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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