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Drama Screenwriting

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Griffith University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

This Drama Screenwriting unit by Open Universities Australia and Griffith University offers fantastic insight into the intricacies of screenwriting. If you enrol in this unit, you will learn to critically analyse the construction of drama stories for both the big and small screen.

Upon completion of this online unit, you will have an in-depth understanding of character construction as well as various approaches to designing dialogue and narratives. You will have examined the processes of developing solid story ideas for drama, and will have gained the skills necessary to pitch these ideas in an effective manner.

You will also become familiar with a selection of the standard modes of scriptwriting, and will be encouraged to develop competencies in editing and redrafting processes. You will be expected to think critically when reviewing your own work, and will therefore develop essential problem solving skills. Upon finishing this unit, you will have transformed your initial ideas into a polished final draft.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Must have completed level 2 communications studies before starting this unit

Course pathways

This unit is a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University

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.

Areas of study

In this writing unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Devising a drama screen story idea
  • Idea pitching and screenplay masterplan
  • Revision, redrafting and polished presentation of short drama screenplays
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Taking this unit will allow you to develop a range of skills that will be helpful in forging a career in screenwriting. You will become familiar with the standard, industry recognised formats for script presentation, including logline, screenplay design plan and draft script. Throughout the unit various useful skills will be taught, ensuring that you can competently construct characters and design screen narratives.

You will develop the ability to draft, redraft and adapt your work, until you have eventually transformed your initial ideas into a professionally formatted final draft. You will receive feedback at several points during the unit including on completion of your initial logline, once you finish your first draft, and on completion of your second draft, which will be complete with redrafting notes.

Transferable skills to be gained from this unit include analytical and critical thinking along with editing, proofreading and redrafting skills. You will develop your skills in written communication through the exercises undertaken during this unit. You will also work on your ability to pitch ideas, which is also exceptionally useful across industries.


Payment options & support

Finance options

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.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

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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