C6180 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

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Plan: C6180 - 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: 11115NAT
Nominal hours: 1355
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Location: Onshore / City Campus
Owning school: Creative Industries (515T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
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Purpose of the Program

This program equips you with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to work as a professional screenwriter. You will be trained to create and develop fiction and nonfiction narrative content and write scripts for the five main areas of screen production in Australia:

  • series and serial drama
  • interactive digital narratives such as games
  • streamed short form such as webisodes
  • documentary, corporate and training programs
  • feature film.

This program prepares you to work in the film, TV and digital industries. Job outcomes for this program are diverse and include:

  • note-taking in writers rooms
  • assistant roles in story conferencing and script development
  • script writing / screenwriting
  • script reading or script assessing
  • script editing or supervising
  • story editing
  • script producing
  • researching for screen productions or in a screen-related field.

The excellent storytelling and writing skills you develop in this program can lead to other related work, such as script writing for advertising and corporate videos, and short story and novel writing.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of C4405 Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing guarantees entry into C6180 Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting with credit exemptions for 1 unit of competency: BUSM8870C Implement copyright arrangements (CUACMP311).

Further Studies:

Successful completion of C6180 Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting guarantees entry into:

  • BP221 Bachelor of Communication (Media) with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study)
    • Entry into the Bachelor of Communication (Media) via this pathway is only available for the February intake.
  • BP257 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) with 144 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1.5 years full-time study)
    • The remaining duration in the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) is 2 years for the February intake and 1.5 years for the July intake.

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. For more information on the type of credit that may be available to you, please see RMIT’s credit policy.

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Entrance requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements.



Selection task

All applicants must complete and submit the selection task. Some applicants may be required to be interviewed.

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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, associations and production companies, including Screen Australia, VicScreen, the Australian Writers’ Guild, EndemolShineAustralia, Fremantle Australia, Cinespace 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 Industry 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, 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 via Equitable Learning Services 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 from Student Support.

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