Course Title: Television Series and Serials

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6045

Course Title: Television Series and Serials

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 helps to develop an understanding of the genres within television series and serials categories and teaches the skills needed to write in these genres.                          

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 Pre-requisites: Introduction to Screenwriting, Writing for TV, TV Script Analysis
Co-requisites: TV Script Analysis

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBB507 Television Series and Serials

Learning Outcomes

 1. Identify requirements of the television dramatic genres incorporating serials and series.
2. Develop a series ‘Bible’ in style required by industry, incorporating story capsules
3. Develop a treatment for a pilot television series or serial
4. Demonstrate techniques of sustained themes, closing scenes and story hooks for a television series or serial
5. Develop a television pilot episode incorporating consideration of outside broadcast time and budget, and programming requirements.                                                                                          

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment for this course includes:

  • One-liner of existing series
  • Selected scenes from scene breakdown
  • Selected scenes from first draft
  • Presentation
  • Concept and pitch document
  • In class exercises