AD018 - Associate Degree in Screenwriting

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Plan: AD018 - Associate Degree in Screenwriting
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Objectives of the program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Screenwriting
Award abbreviation: AssocDegScrWrit
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 semesters, 4 years part-time - 8 semesters
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100799
CRICOS code:

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Objectives of the program

The program will program will equip you with the broad knowledge and skills to develop, write, edit and adapt scripts for screen media.

On successful completion of the program, you will have gained the essential knowledge and skills to enable you to work in a freelance, contract or in-house capacity within the film, TV or internet-based broadcast industry. You will be able to develop and collaborate on a range of creative projects and to apply screenwriting skills within the corporate, educational or government sectors.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to apply your acquired skills and knowledge across a variety of genres and media, including emerging media, and bring initiative, active collaboration and creative problem-solving to your work. You will also have developed knowledge and skills in your preferred areas to enable you to begin building a career, successfully undertake a screenwriting project, or pursue further education in your chosen field.

You will be capable of working within a changing and challenging environment and be aware of new technologies and their potential application, and of new media and their potential audiences and capabilities. You will have practical screenwriting and editing skills, a network of peers, experience of both initiating and supporting collaborative projects, and the ability to analyse market trends and audience expectations.

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Articulation and pathways

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or at least 20 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Paper Based): 550 (TWE 4.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - iBT): Overall score of 79 with minimum of 19 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic (PTE(A)): 50 (no band less than 42)
  • Cambridge English - Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade C
  • RMIT Worldwide (REW) - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced certificate (Advanced 1 certificate pre-2011)

Extra requirements
Applicants must complete and submit a pre-selection kit. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview (in person, or via phone/skype).

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Screenwriting.

This program has strong industry support from a wide range of organisations, associations and production companies, including Screen Australia, Film Victoria, The Australian Writers' Guild, Southern Star Entertainment and Fremantle Media, Australia

Many of the members of these associations provide industry placements and employment opportunities for students. The teachers in the Screenwriting program are industry practitioners, specialising in different areas of screenwriting and you will also have the opportunity to further your understanding of current industry trends and work practices by completing an industry placement.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
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Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
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