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Open Universities Australia and Griffith University have come together to deliver this online Documentary Scriptwriting unit, which teaches students everything they need to know in order to take an idea for a documentary and turn it into a marketable product.
In this unit, students will learn both the theory and the necessary practical skills to create an excellent documentary script. The unit covers the history of documentaries, the various production methods utilised in documentary making, and the ethical considerations involved in documentary filmmaking.
After being taught the various theoretical aspects of documentary scriptwriting, students will then move onto learning the practical skills such as learning how to write project proposals, use a range of research methods and employ scripting techniques. Students will also learn how to pitch their scripts in order to move it into development.
Upon completion of Documentary Scriptwriting, students will have produced a project synopsis, treatment, script and a marketing brief.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this documentary scriptwriting unit, the topics you will study include:
This Documentary Scriptwriting unit will help students to advance their careers through a range of skills and techniques taught online by Griffith University, and will prepare them for a working life in documentary filmmaking. This career preparation is evident at the completion of the 13-week unit, when students will have all the skills necessary to produce a marketable documentary script.
The unit will teach students valuable skills for making industry standard documentary scripts. This includes meeting criteria and guidelines, as well as recognising limitations and potential in writing scripts for documentaries. Furthermore, students will be able to practically apply their understanding of production methods, documentary ethics, research methods and scripting techniques to produce a high quality documentary script.
Students will also learn the highly valuable skills of pitching their scripts. This is a crucial skill for any filmmaker looking to further develop their ideas, gain grants for funding or partner with a development studio.
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).Find out more about government study loans here.
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