Courses & Units

Writing for Screen HEJ357



Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2020. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


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 HEJ357
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 2 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 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

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

2. Apply and synthesise theoretical and practical knowledge with industry conventions to develop original scripts to pre-production level

3. Critically evaluate your work and others in the context of the contemporary screenwriting environment and professional practice.

4. Respond effectively and creatively to a feedback to further develop your work to an advanced level.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100799

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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



Teaching Pattern

1 x 90 minute seminar, weekly

1 x 30 minute Online content, weekly


Assessment Task 1: 1000-word Short Dramatic Screenplay , plus 400-word supporting material (25%)

Assessment Task 2: 1000-word Short Factual Screenplay, plus 400-word “pitch” (25%)

Assessment Task 3: Workshop activities (10%)

Assessment Task 4: 2000-word Developed Screenplay and 800-word contextual essay (40%)

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