Course Title: Film Adaptation

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6063

Course Title: Film Adaptation

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 skills required to recognise potential film elements in works of fiction, plays and non-fiction, as well as to adapt and extend selected narrative material to the requirements of specific genres within the film, television and visual mediums.   

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites: Storytelling, Introduction to Screenwriting, Writing for Film
Co-requisite: Writing for Film

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBM393 Film Adaptation

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse legal and copyright requirements for adaptation of film texts.  
2. Evaluate current film adaptation in relation to original work of fiction, non-fiction or play.
3. Evaluate aspects of selected text to determine their film potential.
4. Demonstrate elements of adaptation techniques associated with storyline, narrative, character, scenes and location.
5. Produce final drafts of an adaptation treatment which will meet client/industry specifications

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course includes:
- Writing a synopsis
- Writing an outline
- Writing a treatment