Course Title: Writing For Television

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6045

Course Title: Writing For Television

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 68.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Course Contact: Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

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Course Description

This course develops the skills and techniques required to produce television narrative that demonstrates the principles and formats of the medium and the potential of narrative as a viable commercial entity.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Prerequisites: Storytelling, Introduction to Screenwriting

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBB493 Writing for Television

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate the structures and features of television drama
2. Present genre based roles acceptable to contemporary television standards
3. Plot story sequences of dramatic episodes to reveal the themes that enhance the plot
4. Present a series concept identifying the dramatic needs of television producers and decision makers
5. Create a “mini-bible” for a television series
6. Produce final draft of a pilot treatment meeting industry and client specifications.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes:
- A one-liner of an episode watched as a class.
- A case study of an existing series
- Pitch an episode for the second series of a show
- Write five consecutive scenes of the show