Course Title: Adapt fiction and non fiction work for the screen

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6088

Course Title: Adapt fiction and non fiction work for the screen

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 70.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term2 2011

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

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Course Description

The professional screenwriter is likely to work from time to time on commissioned projects, where he or she is employed to adapt pre-existing material chosen by producers, networks or directors. A large proportion of produced screen drama is adapted from pre-existing material: novels, short stories, stage plays and non-fiction books and articles. This course aims to provide you with criteria for the initial choice of source material for adaptation.
You will learn to define that story, to explore how it works (or not) on its own terms in its original form and then to translate that story into another medium, to tell it as a screen drama – as feature film, telemovie or mini-series.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

At RMIT, you are required to have completed all first year core competencies before enrolling in this course.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU665 Adapt fiction and non fiction work for the screen


Element 1 Evaluate fiction or non-fiction work for suitability as an adaptation

Element 2 Determine the film story

Element 3 Develop a treatment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to adapt pre-existing material for the screen

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Assessment tasks include participation in class exercises and the completion of written assignments.