Courses & Units

Writing for Screen HEJ357


This unit is being phased out and may not be offered next year, please consider your study plan accordingly. You will be able to enrol in the unit where there is an availability noted below.


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 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 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. 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.


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: Short Fiction Screenplay, plus 400-word supporting material, 1000 words (25%)

Task 2: Workshop participation and engagement (10%)

Task 3: Short Non-fiction Screenplay, plus 400-word “pitch”, 1000 words (25%)

Task 4: Developed Screenplay and 800-word Exegesis, 2000 words (40%)

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