Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

This online Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia unit from Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University of Technology explores the rationale for adapting existing and future works, and evaluating how the elements of storytelling can be used to transform a source text into a new creative work for stage and screen.

The unit also focuses on the relationships between storytelling skills such as dialogue, plot manipulation and character communication to evaluate how these can be used in your own writing.

You will also plan, and compose an adaptation of your choice from a source text.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this unit, you must have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support of Writers

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing)
  • Master of Arts (Writing)

Areas of study

In this Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Narrative in writing for stage and screens
  • Creation and development of character
  • Voice and dialogue
  • Dramatic elements: space, time, tension, conflict
  • Thinking adaptation: from book to film
  • Structure and adaptations
  • Elements of the stage play
  • The elements of the screen play: structure, substructure, timing
  • Substructure: technical requirements of adapting for screen and stage
  • Elements of writing for multi-media formats: shots, scenes and sequences
  • Writing for the visual
  • Case studies: successful adaptations
  • Case studies: script writers and writing process

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology

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.

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How will this unit advance my career?

In this unit, you will gain core competencies in writing for performance including plot, character and mise-en-scene, the development of script proposals and outlines; as well as an understanding of the cultural demands of proposing and developing a script for performance.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia from Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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).

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