Course Title: Write for children's television

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COMM5933

Course Title: Write for children's television

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6088 - Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting

Course Contact : Brendan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Cameron Clarke
Phone: 9925 4908


Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

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

Course Description

Write for Children’s Television covers the concept and practice of writing television programmes specifically for the “C” classification age group (14 years and under).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU664 Write for children's television


1.Create a concept for a children’s television drama series

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Sustainable premise is established suitable for a younger audience
1.2 Appropriate character arcs suitable for a younger audience are developed
1.3 Market fro drama is accurately identified
1.4 Genre and format are accurately identified
1.5 ‘C’ classification is ensured
1.6 Major story and character arcs appropriate to the genre, format and audience requirements are developed
1.7 Cross platform applications are identified
1.8 Funding opportunities are identified


2.Further develop concept

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A writing team is formed with clear goals and common vision
2.2 Synopsis and treatment is developed which effectively tells the story in prose form
2.3 Story and characters are further developed to create depth, complexity and dynamism
2.4 Story is structured to heighten the drama and conflict
2.5 Theme is integrated into the structure of the story
2.6 Subplots are developed which enhance the premise and themes
2.7 Integrity of writing team is maintained through effective communication


3.Write a script

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Scene sequences are created which move the story
3.2 Scenes are written effectively and engagingly
3.3 Greater complexity of character is found
3.4 Plot reversals are surprising but believable
3.5 Storylines are resolved in a clear and satisfying way


4.Develop another draft

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify, in conjunction with other team members, the areas needing further development
4.2 Formal assessment of the script, where appropriate, is undertaken
4.3 Changes are incorporated into new draft

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to: 1. translate text stories into television narrative 2. work up story concepts for children’s television series using the story conferencing process 3. write television scripts of a stipulated length for existing or proposed children’s television series 4. compile a comprehensive, professional quality folio of work to take into the children’s television marketplace.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises
• individual and group project work
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent and group project based work
• online and other research
• discussion and comment via blackboard
• independent study

Teaching Schedule

Week Content Assessment due  Elements
1 • Traditional stories – fairytales etc.
• Contemporary fairytales
• Tradition and the evolution of storytelling for children
• Violence
  1. Create a concept for a childrens television drama series
2 • Parameters – fantasy and reality in story telling for children
• Childrens genres
  1. Create a concept for a childrens television drama series
3 • The series bible
• Brainstorming / Concept generation and story conferencing / Originating and developing ideas
• Creating a visual style
• Forms of presentation – puppets, animation, live action…
  1. Create a concept for a childrens television drama series
2. Further develop concept
4 • Theme
• Character Refresher – Protagonist / Antagonist
  1. Create a concept for a childrens television drama series
2. Further develop concept
5 • Synopses
• Brainstorming Episodes
  1. Create a concept for a childrens television drama series
2. Further develop concept

• Devising a non-narrative children’s show


Assessment 1 due

(8 August)

1. Create a concept for a childrens televisdion drama series.
2. Further develop concept
7 • Adaptation   1. Create a concept for a childrens television drama series
2. Further develop concept
8 • Synopsis, treatment, scene breakdown   2. Further develop concept
3. Write a script
9 • Character and story arcs   2. Further develop concept
3. Write a script

• Identifying and resolving the A and B stories
• Scene Breakdown


Assessment 2 due

(5 September)

2. Further develop concept
3. Write a script
11 • Setups and Payoffs
• Childrens television programming requirements and regulations
• The childrens television market
  2. Further develop concept
3. Write a script
12 • Dialogue for children
• Structure
  3. Write a script
  Mid-semester break (24 September - 5 October)    
13 • Scenes and Sequences   3. Write a script
14 • Pitching
• Formatting
• Animation
  3. Write a script
4. Develop another draft

• Final Draft Workshop
• Workshop Simulation
• Animation cont.


 Assessment 3 due (24 October) 4. Develop another draft
16 • From Storyline to First Draft – the process   4. Develop another draft
17 Assessment Week (No classes)    

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed reading material will be distributed in class


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You will require access to a computer and to the internet

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class discussion and exercises and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written projects.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment 1. Mini Bible – Part A
Working in groups, develop an original concept for a children’s television series including synopsis, characters, and pilot episode storyline.
Due date: Week 6 (8 August)
Percentage Weighting: 30%

Assessment 2. Mini Bible – Part B
Working in groups, complete mini bibles with five further storylines and key moments in the series arc.
Due date: Week 10 (5 September)
Percentage Weighting: 30%

Assessment 3. Pilot Script
Write a 24 minute pilot script of the proposed series.
Due date: Week 15 (24 October)
Percentage Weighting: 30%

Assessment 4. Class Exercises
Due date: Ongoing throughout semester
Percentage Weighting: 10%

Your assignments will be graded. The grades used in this unit are as follows:
Grades used in this unit are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration


Other Information

Submission of Assessment Tasks
You are required to submit all written assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Late Submissions
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
Please refer to the program blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL.;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

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