ALW103 - Scriptwriting Fundamentals

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Patrick West
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online independent and collaborative activities, including 1 x 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent

Content

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of scriptwriting with a focus on story-telling strategies for a global context. Scriptwriting elements covered include structure, plot, turning points, character, dialogue, scenes, setting, and subtext. Students will learn how these elements may be used to maximum creative advantage within divergent scriptwriting forms. Screen, stage, sound, gaming, and hybrid performance environments make different demands on the writer’s craft. Consequently, the unit encourages writers to embrace a flexible definition of scripts and of their relationship to broader mechanisms of production and performance. The notion of writing constraints as a way to unlock creativity is an important thread within the unit. The unit’s focus on global story-telling strategies reflects the increasing significance of international co-productions and cross-cultural audiences to the careers of twenty-first century scriptwriters. Intensive workshopping ensures the acquisition of the collaborative and audience awareness skills essential to allow students to undertake the scriptwriting roles of the future.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Demonstrate understanding of fundamental elements of scriptwriting

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Employ fundamental elements of scriptwriting to produce scripts in different forms

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO7: Teamwork

ULO3

Use scriptwriting software effectively

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO4

Collaborate positively with other writers on scriptwriting projects

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO5

Demonstrate familiarity with the international and cross-cultural context of contemporary scriptwriting

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Story in action (plot and turning points) 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Action in dialogue (subtext and emotion) 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Workshopping participation 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 9 - 11
Assessment 4 - Script 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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