Courses & Units

Writing for Screen HEJ257


This unit introduces you to the essential elements of writing for film, television and digital media. 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 industry information and workshopping processes, with a focus on giving and receiving constructive feedback as part of a strong development process. 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
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media
Coordinator Ms Briony Kidd
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse scripts from film, television and digital media from both theoretical and practical perspectives
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge with industry conventions to develop original scripts
  • Contextualise your work and others in relation to the contemporary screenwriting environment and professional practice
  • Respond directly to feedback from teaching staff and peers 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
109999 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus

Weekly online content including Lectures and activities (4 hours)

Weekly scheduled classroom tutorial (90 minutes)

Off Campus

Weekly online content including Lectures and activities (4 hours)

Weekly scheduled web conference tutorial (90 minutes)

AssessmentFirst draft of dramatic screenplay and pitch (20%)|Pre-shoot script for documentary production and pitch (20%)|Development Plan for major assignment (20%)|Developed script and supporting documents (40%)
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