C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

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Plan: C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

To successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting, you need to demonstrate competence in 14 core courses and 4 elective courses. The 14 core courses are delivered over two years. Some of these courses involve units of competency that are clustered ie. delivered and assessed together.

Year of study Core courses
Yr 1 Originate & develop concepts
Yr 1 Write a Screenplay
Yr 1 Evaluate TV scripts 
Yr 1 Write an episode of a TV series
Yr 1 Write simple stories AND Write extended stories (These units are delivered and assessed as a cluster)
Yr 1 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge AND Implement copyright arrangements (These units are delivered and assessed as a cluster)
Yr 1 Work as an independent screenwriter
Yr 1 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
Yr 1 Assess a film script during development
Yr 2 Establish The Creative Vision For Screen Productions
Yr 2 Undertake marketing activities
Yr 2 Work with others to develop a script
  Elective courses
Yr 2 Create a drama series or serial
Yr 2 Write content for cross platform delivery
Yr 2 Write documentary scripts
Yr 2 Write television comedy
Yr 2 Adapt fiction and non fiction work for the screen
Yr 2 Script and story edit television drama
Yr 2 Script edit a feature film

Classes are taught through a combination of lecture, workshop, studio, practical and laboratory sessions. Classes are run weekly and for the majority of the core courses you have the option of attending during the day or the evening, subject to availability of places. Learning activities include lectures, exercises, demonstrations, discussion, peer presentations, guest speakers, project work, case studies and field trips. You also have the opportunity to learn through industry placement. Your learning will be supported by online resources via MyRMIT.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the program and includes:

  • practical demonstrations of competency -  for example, through the creation of a documentary film.
  • completion of written work - these include the creation of individual works of a kind required by industry, embodying knowledge and skills required to work at a professional standard.
  • oral presentations - these allow you to demonstrate your critical reading, research a subject of interest and communicate effectively to your peers. They equip you for independent learning in relevant areas and professional interactions within the industry.
  • group project work - this familiarises you with the integrated techniques and procedures used in the industry and allows you to demonstrate knowledge and skills in project development; project management; professional communication, collaboration and teamwork; and problem-solving.
  • self-assessment and reflection: this includes reflecting on your progress, achievements and experiences within the course, and articulating your insights in a form such as a statement or report.
  • workplace assessment - here you have the opportunity to present work to, and receive critique from, industry professionals in an industry context.
  • self-assessment and reflection: this allows you to reflect on your progress, achievements and experiences within the course, and articulate your insights in a form such as a statement or report.


You will benefit from ongoing teacher feedback, class workshopping, class and group discussion and peer review. Most writing projects have an 'industry-ready' focus, designed to produce marketable work at a high standard. Industry speakers regularly attend classes and in some cases will advise on assessment of projects.

All units are graded, except the unit Undertake Marketing Activities which is assessed as either Competent (CA) or Not Yet Competent (NYC)

The assessment tasks and the form of assessment will be identified in your course guides. Your course guides will also indicate whether grading is applied to an assessment task after competency is established. To access these, please go to the Program Structure section of this Program Guide, select which course you would like to look at and then select which term you would like to view. You will receive further, more detailed information about your assessments from the assessment briefs, which are published on black board.

General Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have already developed competency through prior experience, (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/

Students with disabilities and/or long term medical conditions

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate vocational competency. This includes a work integrated learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

The WIL nominated course for this program is:

  • COMM7317 Write an episode of a TV series
    In this course you will be working independently in teams and as individuals, writing scenes for a TV series.


If you are working, particularly in a job which is related to your studies you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all of your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence of competency, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe your work practice.


In MKTG7840C Undertake marketing activities you have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement* of 1-2 week (minimum 35 hours) over a period of time to be negotiated by you with your host employer/s.

Industry Placement Requirements
*An agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each placement (local and international). International placements must be registered and processed through RMIT Education Abroad.
In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to 6. Early Termination of Placements in the Work Integrated Learning Procedure.

 

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Program Structure

This qualification requires the completion of the following:
 

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C6125 Courses

C6125 Core Units - Select ALL Fourteen (14) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Originate and develop concepts (BSBCRT501A) 30 BUSM6217C City Campus
Undertake marketing activities (BSBMKG414B) 50 MKTG7840C City Campus
Establish the creative vision for screen productions (CUFDRT601A) 50 VART5924C City Campus
Write simple stories (CUFWRT302A) 30 COMM5910C City Campus
Write extended stories (CUFWRT402A) 40 COMM5911C City Campus
Implement copyright arrangements (CUFCMP301A) 20 COMM5913C City Campus
Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity (BSBCRT601A) 65 EMPL5964C City Campus
Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge (CUVIND501B) 50 OART5002C City Campus
Work as an independent screenwriter (ASWWOR601A) 70 COMM7314 City Campus
Assess a film script during development (ASWAFS602A) 70 COMM7315 City Campus
Assess TV scripts (ASWATV603A) 70 COMM7316 City Campus
Write an episode of a TV series (ASWWTV604A) 70 COMM7317 City Campus
Work with others to develop a script (ASWWOR605A) 140 COMM7318 City Campus
Write a screenplay (ASWFEA606A) 140 COMM7319 City Campus
AND
C6125 Elective Units - Select Four (4) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Create a drama series or serial (ASWSER607A) 140 COMM7320 City Campus
Write content for cross platform delivery (ASWCPD608A) 70 COMM7321 City Campus
Write documentary scripts (ASWDOC609A) 140 COMM7322 City Campus
Write television comedy (ASWCOM610A) 140 COMM7323 City Campus
Write for children's television (ASWCTV611A) 70 COMM7324 City Campus
Adapt fiction and nonfiction work for the screen (ASWADT612A) 70 COMM7325 City Campus
Script edit a feature film (ASWSEF613A) 70 COMM7326 City Campus
Script and story edit television drama (ASWSET614A) 70 COMM7327 City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

Students currently enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting (C6088) will transition into the Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting   Qualification National Code:  10308NAT.
Current students will receive credits for relevant units of competency and will not be disadvantaged by the transition process.

All students enrolled into the program in 2013 will complete the Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting   Qualification National Code:  10308NAT.

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