Screenwriting (Drama)


Deals with writing scripts for film, video, or television production. Students will be engaged in writing for a visual medium and develop an understanding of the relationship between images and sound. The elements of story telling will be examined including: structure, the dramatic act, plot points, characters, actions, dialogue and narration. Students will write concept documents, outlines, and treatments to gain an understanding of the stages of script production and the forms and conventions of television genres and the cinema.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Write and edit imaginative and creative scripts

2. Understand and apply different styles and techniques to the screenplay form

3. Critically analyse and evaluate films and other audio-visual forms of entertainment

4. Conceptualise and engage with contemporary ideas and to realise these within the context and constraints imposed by budgets and time schedules.


The focus of this course is on the conception, research and writing of dramatic scripts which are presentable to a Producer for further development.

Topics will include:

  1. Critical analysis and evaluation of films and television programs in terms of their narrative content and plot devices
  2. Script writing and editing for various dramatic genres and the role of screen writing in the production of films and television programs
  3. Narrative styles and techniques of the screenplay form
  4. Planning of scripts within the constraints imposed by budgets and time schedules.

Assumed Knowledge

CMNS1090 or equivalent understanding of production, writing and analysis.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assessment 1 - Short Film Synopsis

Written Assignment: Assessment 2 - The Treatment

Written Assignment: Assessment 3 - The First Draft

Written Assignment: Assessment 4 - Second Draft Script

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks

Studio will be in the form of Film Screenings.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term