Script Writing

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 Writing unit from Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University of Technology examines a range of scriptwriting platforms, forms, and genres for stage and screen.

The unit also investigates theoretical approaches to scriptwriting, and teaches you to apply complex critical and creative scriptwriting theories to the practice of your own work and that of others.

A core focus of the unit is the creation of a section of a script from plan to final draft, accompanied by both industry-standard supporting documentation and complex reflexive theorisations about your practice and project.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed any units deemed academically equivalent. 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 the following course:

  • Master of Arts (Writing)

Areas of study

In this Script Writing unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Contemporary theories of film and performance and contemporary film making
  • The art of visual story telling
  • Building the plotline
  • The film script: backstory, core story, forward story
  • Characterisation and dialogue
  • Writing for TV, soap operas and sitcoms
  • Screen writing as a collaborative process
  • The screenplay
  • Techniques of writing for the screen
  • Commercial imperatives: film and TV industries, funding and independent production
  • Critical and cultural influences on film, TV, and new media
  • The self-produced work: writing and producing on the internet

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • 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?

At the completion of this unit, you will have high-level creative and practical skills in script production, specifically in relation to elements of plot, character, dialogue, and structure. These skills can be applied to the theatre, television and film scriptwriting.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Script Writing from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • 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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