ALW227 - Scriptwriting: Character, Action and Reaction


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil

Students must have passed one level 1 unit prior to enrolling in this unit

Corequisite: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent


Students will examine the fundamentals of dramatic writing as these apply across a range of scriptwriting genres, with a focus on advanced storytelling strategies for local, national and international audiences. Scriptwriting elements covered include structure, plot, turning points, character, dialogue, scenes, setting, and subtext. Particular attention is devoted to writing film scripts. More broadly, students are encouraged to experiment in a range of genre styles, and to develop a reflective awareness of the collaborative nature of scriptwriting. Presentation of work-in-progress, intensive workshopping, and subsequent redrafting, provides training in audience awareness skills, while attention to international story-telling strategies reflects the increasing significance of international co-productions and cross-cultural audiences to contemporary scriptwriting careers. The major assessment item is either a complete short film script or the first act or third act of a longer film script. 

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