Course Title: Screen Narrative

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Screen Narrative

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dominic Redfern

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2022

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course studies the language of narrative for the moving image. Particular emphasis is placed on the generation and development of personal ideas to articulate and fulfill the narrative content. Students are instructed in all stages of screen narrative form and structure – from shot, scene and sequence deconstruction – to scriptwriting, camera, lighting, mise-en-scene, and editing analysis.

Exercises explore conventions and strategies for sequencing images and are integrated with group analysis of historical examples and student work. All exercises will be contextualised within the framework of spatiotemporal ‘continuity’ as the dominant narrative idiom against which innovations and variations are defined.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

To enable students to:
1. Create story ideas from personal, cultural or observational sources.
2. Utilise dramatic criteria to bring ideas to a screenplay form.
3. Analyse audio/visual sequences for artistic proficiency.
4. Develop an awareness of moving-image making tools and creative options.
5. Effectively adopt and execute the production roles and protocols.
6. Manage complex, collaborative projects to completion.
7. Understand and value some of the experience that has formed you.

Overview of Learning Activities

Narrative concepts and their application will be explored via class Lectures, screenings and writing workshops, with the opportunity to discuss and critique
these outcomes in class, in one on one consultations with the lecturer, and in the combined Media Arts reviews.

Overview of Learning Resources

Media Arts Computer Lab 5.3.32
Media Arts Theatrette 7.3.13
RMIT Library AV collection
RMIT Library Book and Periodical Collection

Overview of Assessment

Through a series of technical and conceptual exercises, carried on within and outside of class time, and the execution of your major project. All students attend the workshops and reviews held throughout the year to present their work for group feedback and to see/listen to other students work.