Course Title: Introduction to Screenwriting

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6045

Course Title: Introduction to Screenwriting

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 68.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2007

Course Contact: Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: 61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course develops story telling skills for screenwriters through enhancing visual and aural literacy by examination of our cultural heritage. It will familiarise participants with perspective and the tools available to achieve narrative excellence in the visual field.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBM386 Introduction to Screenwriting

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop synopsis, scene breakdown and/or treatment and first draft script using story conferencing techniques
  • Identify visual drama components
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the skills and techniques required to convey the rhythm of the visual narrative and its appropriate disruption
  • Produce scenes conveying the emotional state and development of a character without using dialogue.

      Overview of Assessment

      Assessment for this course includes:

      • Presentation of storyboard
      • Class presentation on selected screenplay
      • Treatment for 30’ short film
      • In class exercises