Course Title: Documentary Screenwriting

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6045

Course Title: Documentary Screenwriting

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 136.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2007

Course Contact: Professional Screenwriting Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

 This course develops the skills necessary to write across a range of genres within the documentary film tradition. It also develops the skills needed to produce documentary narratives and funding submissions. 

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 Pre-requisites: Introduction to Storytelling, Storytelling, Writing for Film and/or Writing for Television

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBB503 Documentary Screenwriting

Learning Outcomes

 1. Identify and analyse current types, genres and trends in non-fiction documentary screenwriting in developing a specific project
2. Generate polished concept, synopsis, and treatment documents for documentary film
3. Produce first draft of a documentary screenplay
4. Produce second draft of a documentary script using scene breakdown, mapping and workshop feedback in the development process
5. Produce a documentary proposal for funding.

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment for this course includes:
- Major Essay (1500 – 2000 words)                            
- Synopsis
- Conception and Presentation of a format series         
- Interview: Transcript & Edit
- Ongoing written proposal for a documentary
- Class participation and presentation