Courses & Units

Writing for Screen HEJ257



This unit introduces you to the key elements of writing for film, television and digital media across all genres. You will be taken through the process of developing a script from conception through to pre-production. You will learn about working with structure, developing characters, formatting and style conventions, and researching for both fiction and non-fiction narratives.

This unit includes practical information and practice on workshopping and giving and receiving constructive feedback to develop and improve your own work. At the end of this unit you will have a short fiction or non-fiction script developed to at least a second draft stage.


Unit name Writing for Screen
Unit code HEJ257
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media

Briony Kidd

Teaching staff

Briony Kidd

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse scripts from film, television and digital media from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

2. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge with industry conventions to develop original scripts.

3. Contextualise your work and others in relation to the contemporary screenwriting environment and professional practice.

4. Respond directly to feedback to further develop your work.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100799 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,445.00

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For Bachelor of Media: 4 x HEJ level-100 units.
For students outside the Bachelor of Media:  2 x HEJ level-100 units

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

1 x 90 minute seminar, weekly

1 x 30 minute Online content, weekly


Task 1: First draft of dramatic screenplay, 2000 words or equivalent (20%)

Task 2: Pre-shoot script for a non-fiction production, 2000 words or equivalent (20%)

Task 3: Development journal (20%)

Task 4: Developed script, 2000 words or equivalent (25%) and contextual essay, 1000 words (15%)

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