Course Title: Adapt fiction and nonfiction work for the screen

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6125 Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

Course Title: Adapt fiction and nonfiction work for the screen

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 70

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Term1 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term2 2015,
Term2 2016,
Term2 2017,
Term2 2018

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

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 develops the skills and knowledge required to write an adaptation of a fiction or nonfiction work as a screenplay either as a commissioned script or as a speculative venture.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

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

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ASWADT612A Adapt fiction and nonfiction work for the screen


1. Evaluate fiction or nonfiction work for suitability as an adaptation

2. Determine the film story

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 is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include: participation in class exercises, oral presentations and practical writing tasks.