C6180 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

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Plan: C6180 - 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

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, activities, 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.

Assessment is ongoing throughout the program and includes:

  • practical demonstrations of competency – for example, through the creation of a webisode, video essay, short film or collaborative project. 
  • completion of written work – for example, industry-specialist documents, such as treatments, bibles, screenplays and script reports; short stories and essays.
  • oral presentations – these allow you to demonstrate your critical reading, research a subject of interest and communicate effectively to your peers; you will also develop and practice the art of pitching to an industry professional.
  • group project work – this familiarises you with the important industry skill of working collaboratively and allows you to demonstrate knowledge and skills in project development and management, professional communication, collaboration and teamwork, and problem-solving.
  • self-assessment and reflection – this includes reflecting on your progress, achievements and experiences, 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.

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.

The assessment tasks and the form of assessment will be identified in your course guides. 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 Canvas.

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): https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/enrolment/apply-for-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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Information relating to Covid

The latest update on RMIT University's policy regarding COVID -19 can be found at RMIT COVID 

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations;

and in addition:

  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

The WIL nominated course for this program is: EMPL9793C Work professionally in the creative arts industry

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.

Industry Placement Requirements
An agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each placement. 
In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to Changes or Cancellation of WIL Activities in the WIL Guidelines.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires completion of the following:

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C6180 Core Courses

Complete all eighteen (18) courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Originate and develop concepts (BSBCRT512) 30 EMPL9794C City Campus
Implement copyright arrangements (CUACMP311) 20 BUSM8870C City Campus
Direct rehearsals of performers (CUADRT511) 50 PERF5118C City Campus
Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge (CUAIND512) 60 EMPL5994C City Campus
Work professionally in the creative arts industry (CUAIND611) 70 EMPL9793C City Campus
Develop self as artist (CUAPPR414) 60 BUSM8916C City Campus
Originate a body of independent creative work (CUAPPR611) 75 VART6497C City Campus
Collaborate in professional creative projects (CUAPPR612) 50 EMPL9807C City Campus
Research history and theory to inform own arts practice (CUARES403) 70 GEDU6132C City Campus
Critique cultural works (CUARES502) 50 OART5005C City Campus
Write extended stories (CUAWRT402) 40 COMM7348C City Campus
Write an episode of a television series (NAT11115001) 85 COMM7406C City Campus
Adapt fiction and nonfiction work for the screen (NAT11115002) 85 COMM7407C City Campus
Evaluate scripts for development and production (NAT11115003) 85 COMM7408C City Campus
Draft a feature screenplay (NAT11115004) 90 COMM7409C City Campus
Create a drama series (NAT11115005) 90 COMM7410C City Campus
Script edit a feature film (NAT11115006) 90 COMM7411C City Campus
Script and story edit television drama (NAT11115007) 85 COMM7412C City Campus

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C6180 Elective Course List

Complete Two (2) electives if not choosing the ICT gaming units OR Complete Three (3) electives if choosing the ICT gaming units. You must select both ICTGAM424 and ICTGAM426 with another elective unit.

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Develop Story and Content in Digital Games (ICTGAM424) 30 COMM7398C City Campus
Write narrative scripts for interactive games (ICTGAM426) 60 COMM7399C City Campus
Write for online platforms (NAT11115008) 85 COMM7413C City Campus
Create television comedy (NAT11115009) 90 COMM7414C City Campus
Write for children’s television (NAT11115010) 85 COMM7415C City Campus

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Program transition plan



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