Screenwriting is a specialisation for those who have a desire to tell audience driven stories via a visual medium.
Since its creation in 1966, the VCA’s School of Film and Television has included screenwriting as central element in all of its programs. While this continues, it also offers specialised screenwriting programs at undergraduate and graduate level.
At undergraduate level you take subjects in a broad range areas including cinematic writing, TV writing, adaptation, and writing for games and online mediums. You take classes with other film and television students to gain a wider industry perspective and have the opportunity to form creative partnerships. You also crew on VCA student films to develop your knowledge of the production side of the industry. At the end of three years of study you are equipped to write professionally for screen media and have acquired skills in presenting professional work, giving and receiving feedback and working in creative teams.
At graduate level you complete workshops in feature film writing, television writing and storytelling. In the second and third semesters you develop a feature length film script or equivalent television script then workshop and rework it to a second draft long-form script. In the final semester you learn the business skills behind the screenwriting industry at both national and international levels.