C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

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Plan: C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting
Qualification national code: 10308NAT
Nominal hours: 1175
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: Onshore / City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting provides specialist training in writing for film, television and digital media. This industry-focussed program encourages you to develop your own creative strengths as a screenwriter and script editor, while developing your awareness and knowledge of the professional context in which you will be working. This includes learning about the make-up of local and international industries, professional practice, entry-points into the industry and career management. The program aims to maximise your opportunity for employment by providing you with broad, transferable screenwriting and editing skills and with specialised knowledge in your specific areas of interest. As a student in this program you are trained to write across a range of genres and for different audiences. Areas of specialisation include feature film, documentary, television drama, television comedy, children’s television and interactive online drama

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Articulation and pathways

Credit arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for a higher level qualification. 

The following credit arrangements are in place:

HE Program Code Program Title Amount of credit granted Entry requirement Duration of program after credit (credit points and equivalent years)
BP221 Bachelor of Communication (Media) 96 credit points equivalent to 1 year Minimum GPA of 3 will be given guaranteed entry
Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and will be given a guaranteed interview
192 credit points equivalent to 2 years
BP257 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) 144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years Minimum GPA of 3.5 will be given guaranteed entry
Less than GPA of 3.5 may still apply and would be required to submit a pre selection kit. Students would be required to undertake a brief interview with the appropriate academic adviser in the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing).
144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years





Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs, including Bachelor of Communication (Media) and Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), subject to the program's entry requirements (see table above).

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/enrolment/apply-for-credit

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Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements: There are no minimum academic requirements.

Prerequisites: None.

Selection tasks: All applicants  must complete and submit the Screenwriting pre-selection kit. Some applicants may be required to be interviewed. Some applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit and will not be required to attend an interview.

Please refer to the VTAC guide and/or RMIT website for additional information and details.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in screenwriting. This program has strong industry support from a wide range of organisations, association and production companies, including Screen Australia, Film Victoria, the Australian Writers’ Guild, Endemol Australia, FremantleMedia Australia and a host of member companies of Screen Producers Australia.

Many of these companies and associations provide employment opportunities for students during cooperative education and all course delivery and assessment is informed by industry through the Program Advisory Committee. The teachers in the Screenwriting program are all industry practitioners, specialising in different areas of screenwriting and you will also have the opportunity to further your understanding of current industry trends and work practices by completing an industry placement.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

*transition to tertiary study and learning
*study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
*enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form
of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
*career development and employment
*living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
*opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
*opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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