Course Title: Work as an independent screenwriter

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6125 Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

Course Title: Work as an independent screenwriter

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term2 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term2 2015,
Term2 2016,
Term2 2017

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

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Course Description

Work as an independent screenwriter delivers the skills and knowledge required for building your career as a screenwriter. It introduces you to career planning, business and taxation requirements, cash flow, time management and networking within all aspects of the industry. You will focus on the creative ways in which you and your ideas can be presented to the marketplace and the wider audience in order to provoke, inform and entertain, using the communication skills you need as a freelance writer to promote your work and pitch your ideas.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ASWWWOR601A Work as an independent screenwriter


1. Develop career plan

2. Prepare funding applications

3. Manage time and resources

4. Meet legal obligations necessary to business

5. Develop networks

National Element Code & Title:

ASWWOR601A Work as an independent screenwriter

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be familiar with the skills and knowledge required to plan and manage your career as a screenwriter.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Assessment tasks include participation in a debate, in class exercises and the completion of written assignments.