Course Title: Write for children's television

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: COMM7324

Course Title: Write for children's television

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact Email: mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Cameron Clarke
Phone: 9925 4908
Email: cameron.clarke@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 70

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Required Prior Study

At RMIT, you are required to have completed all first year core competencies before enrolling in this elective course.

Course Description

Write for Children’s Television covers the concept and practice of writing television programmes specifically for the “C” classification age group (14 years and under).


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ASWCTV611A Write for children's television

Element:

1. Create a concept for a children’s television series

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Sustainable premise is established suitable for a younger audience 
1.2 Appropriate character arcs suitable for a younger audience are developed 
1.3 Market(s) for series is accurately identified 
1.4 Genre and format are clarified 
1.5 ‘C’ classification is ensured 
1.6 Major story arcs and character arcs appropriate to the genre, format and audience requirements are developed 
1.7 Cross platform applications are identified 
1.8 Funding opportunities are identified

Element:

2. Further develop concept

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A writing team is formed with clear goals and common vision 
2.2 Synopsis and treatment is developed which effectively tells the story in prose form 
2.3 Story and characters are further developed to create depth, complexity and dynamism 
2.4 Story is structured to heighten the narrative and conflict or comedy
2.5 Theme is integrated into the structure of the story 
2.6 Subplots are developed which enhance the premise and themes 
2.7 Integrity of writing team is maintained through effective communication

Element:

3. Write a script

Performance Criteria:

3.2 Scenes are written effectively and engagingly 
3.3 Greater complexity of character is developed as story progresses 
3.4 Plot reversals are surprising but believable 
3.5 Storylines are resolved in a clear and satisfying way

Element:

4. Develop another draft

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Areas needing further development are identified in conjunction with other team members
4.2 Formal assessment of the script, where appropriate, is undertaken 
4.3 Changes are incorporated into new draft


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. translate text stories into television narrative
  2. work up story concepts for children’s television series using the story conferencing process
  3. write television scripts of a stipulated length for existing or proposed children’s television series
  4. compile a comprehensive, professional quality folio of work to take into the children’s television marketplace.


Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:

1. In-class activities:
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises
• individual and group project work
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent and group project based work
• online and other research
• discussion and comment via blackboard
• independent study


Teaching Schedule

WeekContentAssessment due
1Traditional stories – fairytales etc.
Contemporary fairytales
Tradition and the evolution of storytelling for children
Violence
 
2

Parameters – fantasy and reality in story telling for children. Children's genres

 

 
3The series bible
Brainstorming / concept generation and story conferencing / Originating and developing ideas
Creating a visual style
Forms of presentation – puppets, animation, live action…
 
4

Theme
Character refresher – protagonist / Antagonist

 
5

Synopses
Brainstorming episodes

 
6

Devising a non-narrative children’s show

Assessment #1 due

7

Adaptation

 
8

Synopsis, treatment, scene breakdown

 
9

Character and story arcs

 
10

Identifying and resolving the A and B stories
Scene Breakdown

Assessment # 2 due

11

Setups and Payoffs
Children's television programming requirements and regulations
The children's television market

 
 

Mid-semester break: 18–29 September 

 
12

Dialogue for children
Structure

 
13

Scenes and sequences

 
14Pitching
Formatting
Animation
 
15

Final draft workshop
Workshop simulation
Animation cont.

Assessment #3 due
16

Semester review

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed reading material will be distributed in class


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

You will require access to a computer and to the internet.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class discussion and exercises and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written projects.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to Blackboard for assessment criteria). Once you have achieved competency, your final assessment task (#3) will be graded (refer to Blackboard for grading rubric).

Assessment #1: Mini Bible – Part A (Due Friday 11 August)
Working in groups, develop an original concept for a children’s television series including synopsis, characters, and pilot episode storyline. 

Assessment #2: Mini Bible – Part B (Due Friday 8 September)
Working in groups, complete mini bibles with five further storylines and key moments in the series arc.

Assessment #3: Pilot Script (Due Friday 27 October)(graded)
You will write a 24-minute pilot script for the proposed series. The script should work with the conventions and narrative requirements of the series and draw from the concept and bible you develop during the course. You will also have an opportunity to workshop and further develop your script during the class. Your script should be formatted according to the standards explained at the beginning of the course. 

You will email your script as a digital attachment to your teacher, along with an attached, signed cover sheet. Cover sheets, along with instructions on how to set up and use a digital signature, are included on the program blackboard site.

Grading

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CID Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration .

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students

How to submit work
Your assessment brief will specify how you should submit your work – as hard copy, digital copy or electronically through Blackboard. When you submit your work, you must include a declaration of authorship. 

For submissions on Blackboard, you need to agree to an assessment declaration when you submit.

For all other submissions, you must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work.

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Attendance
Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises. We strongly advise that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

We request that you speak to your teacher if regular attendance becomes difficult.

Assessment feedback
You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work. Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

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Student progress
Monitoring academic progress is helps us to assist you in achieving your learning potential. 

https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/assessment-and-exams/academic-progress

Adjustments to assessment
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/assessment-and-exams/assessment/adjustments-to-assessment

Academic integrity and plagiarism
Academic integrity is about the honest presentation of work that is your own. RMIT University has a clear policy on plagiarism (see web page for more detail).

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Credit Transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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