Course Title: Adapt fiction and nonfiction work for the screen

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6160 Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

Course Title: Adapt fiction and nonfiction work for the screen

Portfolio: Vocational Education

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.

Important Information:

This course will be delivered through face-to-face classes, interaction with industry mentors, and the learning support material and resources in Canvas.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Term1 2020

Course Contact: John Reeves

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4895

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you learn 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

Enrolment in this elective course at RMIT requires you to have completed all first year courses.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PSWSAD607 Adapt fiction and nonfiction work for the screen


1. Evaluate fiction or nonfiction work for screen adaptation

2. Develop film story

3. Finalise story outline for adaptation

Learning Outcomes

By taking this course, you'll acquire the skills and knowledge to evaluate works for screen adaptation, and to develop and finalise the adapted story in industry-appropriate documents.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentation, evaluation of source texts and the application of learned skills and insights into your writing tasks.